Small U.K. company Laws Hosting has been in business since 2006. It was established to provide high-quality value-for-money shared hosting, and over the years it has grown to offer reseller and VPS hosting services as well.
Solutions are targeted mainly at individuals and companies in the United Kingdom, but Laws Hosting also has customers in other parts of the world. Its French-based servers have U.K. geolocated IPs.
Features and Ease of Use
Laws Hosting offers shared hosting plans with sufficient features for medium-sized online businesses. Bigger businesses might have to take a VPS plan or look elsewhere for hosting.
Shared hosting customers can enjoy the following features:
- 5% uptime guarantee
- Automatic backups
- Let’s Encrypt SSL
- Up to 25 GB disk space
Laws Hosting no longer offers domain registration services, so there’s no way to get a free domain, but you can add on a domain from another domain registrar.
Shared server customers can use the DirectAdmin control panel, while those on a VPS can choose either DirectAdmin or cPanel.
The Installatron script installer allows you to install popular web applications like WordPress and Drupal, but there is no website builder so you will need to know how to create your own website (or hire someone who does).
Shared servers are backed up every evening (U.K. time), but there are no VPS backups so these are your responsibility.
Since DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly common, you’ll be pleased to hear that DDoS protection is provided on all servers.
Pricing and Support
Laws Hosting offers several shared hosting plans to fit the different needs of starters, beginners, home users, small office, and professional business users. All the plans are reasonably priced when compared with other U.K. hosting vendors, but beware that you need to buy a domain separately and know how to point it at your hosting.
There’s no free trial to try before you buy, but there is a 30-day money-back guarantee that gives you sufficient time to decide if this really is the host for you.
You can upgrade or downgrade your hosting at any time, but you have to contact customer services to do so. If you choose to upgrade to VPS, Laws Hosting will start you off with a low plan to ease you in.
The situation regarding 24/7 support is unclear. Some parts of the website boast about it, while other pages imply that email, ticket, and live chat support are available until 1 am U.K. time each day. When I sent an exploratory email, I received a personal response from the owner of the company less than an hour later:
If you prefer to support yourself, you will find a reasonably well-populated knowledge base.