Serving over 280,000 customers, Locaweb is a leading web hosting service and domain registrar that also provides cloud solutions and digital marketing services. This Brazilian company has over 4,000 servers at the secure Nova Data Center.
Features and Ease of Use
Locaweb gives you all the features and tools that you need to build and manage your website, blogs, and digital assets. Key hosting features include:
- 99.8% uptime guarantee
- MySQL and PostgresSQL databases
- SSL certificates
- Automated backups with restore option
- FTP and SSH access
- IMAP, POP3, SMTP email accounts
- DNS management
- 24/7 support
Locaweb operates a secure and ISAE 3402 certified data center with redundant and reliable servers. The facility is powered by Intel® Cloud Technology that’s designed to protect your data and at the same time ensures efficient distribution of workloads. Their servers are scalable meaning you can request additional resources to meet your operational needs. With 99.8% uptime SLA, Locaweb ensures that your website is available 365 days a year.
I could spend two hours just talking about the goodies that are in store for Locaweb customers. Website and email migration is absolutely free. They also offer automated routine backups with restore function that lets you roll back changes. Using the free one-click installer, you can automatically create a website, blog, or wiki using any of the 50+ apps available.
What’s more, all their hosting services leverage SSF cache, which is ten time faster than the conventional HD. Through partners, you get free Google AdWords to kick-start your PPC marketing campaigns.
If you have had problems switching between plans or upgrading with a previous host, you’ll be happy to know that Locaweb does it smoothly. You can also expand your web resources using add-ons if you don’t want to upgrade. For a reasonable fee, you can get additional email boxes, dedicated IP addresses, and a data restore function.
Locaweb gives you a single dashboard to manage your web space. You can choose from Plesk, Linux, or the Windows panel. Anyone with root or admin access can install web apps, update user settings, manage files and databases, and carry out updates. Overall the site and the dashboard are clean and easy to navigate.
Pricing and Support
Three hosting plans are available all priced in Brazilian Reals. The starter plan is Hosting I and supports Linux and Windows OS. With this plan, you get a free domain for one year, 25 emails with 10 GB storage each. Building on the basic plan, Hosting II is their best seller and comes with 50 emails each with 10 GB storage capacity. Hosting III comes with a free domain and free SSL for one year in addition to 150 email boxes.
With all three plans, you also have unmetered bandwidth, unlimited storage space, unlimited databases, and the chance to transfer as many websites as you’d like. Besides the shared Linux and Windows hosting, Locaweb also offers managed servers, cloud hosting and Locaweb VPS. Running on Linux, their dedicated servers are suitable for customers who need high performance machines.
You can’t find a better support team than the team from Locaweb. Though they communicate in Portuguese, they’re extremely fast and efficient. You can always count on them to sort your billing issues, help with DNS configuration, and handle your website migration. If you need help, you can reach out to them via live chat or telephone or their ticketing system.