Reviews and expert opinion PHP.bg

Ranked 2762nd from 3108 Web Hosting
4.0
Features
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Support
4.0
Pricing
4.0
Server locations
Germany
Bulgaria
Solomon Ndung'u
Solomon Ndung'u
Web Hosting Expert
PHP.bg might be operating on a Bulgarian top-level domain, but it is a German web hosting company that claims to host over 500,000 websites. The vendor seems to be a hosting reseller and its domain was up for sale when I visited its website.

Overview

PHP.bg

PHP.bg is a web hosting company based in Germany. The vendor offers, among other solutions, shared web hosting, VPS hosting, domain registration services, and e-commerce solutions. It has in its portfolio over 500,000 websites. That notwithstanding, the PHP.bg domain has been put up for sale (at least when I visited the website), suggesting a major transition for the company, either selling the business or changing its main domain. The website is only available in English.

Features and Ease of Use

PHP.bg hosting solutions come with the following standard features:

  • MySQL v.5
  • PostgreSQL
  • Site Builder
  • PHP 5, ASP.NET
  • Ruby, Python
  • Free Script Installs
  • Custom php.ini
  • Daily data backup
  • Custom MX Records
  • Custom A records
  • CNAME Records

My analysis of this vendor’s hosting solutions led me to believe that it does not own its data center. It uses LambdaNet Co-Location, an E-Lambdanet Corporation data center. The vendor says that it chose this data center because of its strategic location in Kiel, Germany and because it is well connected to the internet backbones between Europe and North America. 

While the vendor argues that this data center has the highest degree of protection against unauthorized access, this promise would be unsettling, especially to big businesses that might be uncomfortable with a hosting company that does not own the infrastructure on which it hosts its clients’ websites.

All the same, it is important to note that the vendor operates over 500 servers in this data center. The specs of each server include Core 2 Quad processors, 8GB RAM, and 4x900GB SATA II Retail. The servers run Debian Linux operating system.

For each of its hosting solutions, PHP.bg offers a separate control panel: from web hosting control panel to domain names control panel, SSL control panel, and VPS control panel.

While PHP.bg uses .bg, a Bulgarian top-level domain (ccTLD), it is not based in Bulgaria. This adds to the unsettling nature of this vendor and its offerings. It would seem that the vendor had every intention to grow its solutions in Bulgaria.

What’s more, the vendor has not made its website available in the German language suggesting that it may not be run from Germany or Bulgaria, raising even more questions about its ownership and bringing to question its reliability.

Pricing and Support

PHP.bg hosting solutions are quite expensive and come in inflexible annual billing cycles. The prices are listed in U.S. dollars. The vendor offers a free domain for every purchase of a hosting solution.

This hosting firm provides a 30 days money-back guarantee and a 99.9% network uptime guarantee.

To contact the vendor users can call its sales team using any of the three phone numbers they have made available, based on your location. This hosting provider has also made available a support email, ticketing system, and website contact form that people can use to contact them. I made a query via the contact form and received the reply below:

PHP.bg does not have a knowledgebase; its FAQ section doubles up as its help center.

Pricing

4.0

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
$3.99
Unlimited
Unlimited
$6.99
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
$3.99
Unlimited
Unlimited
$6.99
More Details

VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
25 GB
2 TB
50%
1 GB
$10
50 GB
4 TB
100%
2 GB
$20
100 GB
8 TB
100%
4 GB
$40
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
25 GB
2 TB
50%
1 GB
$10
50 GB
4 TB
100%
2 GB
$20
100 GB
8 TB
100%
4 GB
$40
More Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from PHP.bg

Bottom line on PHP.bg

While PHP.bg makes an effort to assure would-be customers that it has what it takes to give them the solutions they’re looking for, there are quite a number of concerns that anyone would find hard to ignore. The “for sale” sign I found on its website does not inspire confidence, not to mention the prices that are slightly higher than what you can get from other vendors in Germany and beyond.

Pros

  • Its data center is well connected to Europe and North America internet backbones
  • Offers a separate control panel for each of its hosting solutions
  • Provides a 30 days money-back guarantee
  • Offers a 99.9% network uptime guarantee

Cons

  • Does not own the data center where it hosts its clients’ websites
  • Uses a Bulgarian instead of a German top-level domain

Want to host from a strategic location in Europe? Visit PHP.bg

Solomon Ndung'u
Solomon Ndung'u
Solomon Ndung'u is a writer, author, and SEO specialist. When he's not working, you will find him singing his favorite tunes. He is also a confessed avid reader of The New York Times.

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