Reviews and expert opinion UK2

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4.1
James Guill
James Guill
Web Hosting Expert
UK2 offers simple web hosting solutions with average features. Their basic plans are only appropriate for the most basic websites, so avoid the "Cheap Website Hosting" options and choose their standard plans.

Pricing

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
10
$1.27
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
$5.70
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
10
$1.27
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
$5.70
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VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
50 GB
1 x 1.00GHz
256 MB
$7.59
60 GB
1 x 2.00GHz
1 GB
$20.31
100 GB
1 x 3.00GHz
2 GB
$41.52
120 GB
4 x 2.00GHz
8 GB
$117.83
25 GB
4 cores
1 GB
$6.36
50 GB
4 cores
2 GB
$12.73
100 GB
4 cores
4 GB
$25.46
200 GB
4 cores
8 GB
$50.91
400 GB
4 cores
16 GB
$101.82
Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
50 GB
1 x 1.00GHz
256 MB
$7.59
60 GB
1 x 2.00GHz
1 GB
$20.31
100 GB
1 x 3.00GHz
2 GB
$41.52
120 GB
4 x 2.00GHz
8 GB
$117.83
25 GB
4 cores
1 GB
$6.36
50 GB
4 cores
2 GB
$12.73
100 GB
4 cores
4 GB
$25.46
200 GB
4 cores
8 GB
$50.91
400 GB
4 cores
16 GB
$101.82
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Dedicated Server

Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
2 TB
4 x 3.40GHz
16 GB
$97.88
2 TB
4 x 3.60GHz
32 GB
$129.75
2 TB
12 x 2.10GHz
64 GB
$206.32
Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
2 TB
4 x 3.40GHz
16 GB
$97.88
2 TB
4 x 3.60GHz
32 GB
$129.75
2 TB
12 x 2.10GHz
64 GB
$206.32
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Cloud Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
-
0 B
$10.16
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
-
0 B
$10.16
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A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from UK2

Bottom line on UK2

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UK2 is a U.K.-based company with over two decades of experience. They have powered thousands of websites globally over the years and offer simple hosting solutions. Their most basic plans are light on features and should mostly be avoided.

 

Features and Ease of Use

UK2 offers shared web hosting services that are suitable for most personal and small business websites.  While their Budget and Shared plans are somewhat limited, all plans Essential and up come with the following features:

  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited 10GB email boxes
  • MySQL database access
  • Softaculous App Installer

Also, all web hosting packages come with the following:

  • Apache version 2.4.7
  • PHP Version 7.0
  • Cron job access
  • Supports Perl 5.10.1 and Ruby on Rails
  • Full DNS Management

Note that two plans are considered as “Cheap Web Hosting”and they are the Budget and Starter plans. Those plans have very few features and none of the features listed above.

This provider is relatively simple to use. You can either set up your site using their cPanel or through their Softaculous auto-installer. They don’t offer a drag and drop website builder so true beginners will go through a bit of a learning curve before starting.

 Also, this host offers WordPress hosting with your hosting service pre-configured for WordPress. Those plans offer between 5GB and 20GB of SSD storage, but you’re limited in the number of visitors that can come to your site a month.

UK2 offers five levels of website hosting. While the plans include many of the features listed earlier, there are a few key differences as outlined below:

BudgetStarterEssentialBusinessBusiness Cloud
Free Domain?NoYesYesYesYes
Storage500MB5GB SSDUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Bandwidth5k Visitors10k VisitorsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Domains1110UnlimitedUnlimited
Free SSL?NoNoNoYesYes
Email AccountsNone5UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited

 

As you can see from the chart, the two smallest plans are ideal only for small websites such as blogs due to limitations on bandwidth and space. Your smartest bet would be to go with Business or Business Cloud as you get unlimited features and free SSL certificates. The pricing is minimal between Essential and Business and worth the price.

 

Pricing and Support

There’s one key caveat to this provider. The price quoted on their site is only good for 12 to 24 months depending on the plan. Afterward, the price more than doubles. However, the Essential plan comes WordPress ready and is about the same price or cheaper than most of the WordPress Hosting plans. I’d recommend going that route over their WordPress hosting.

UK2 does not offer any form of free access, but all plans come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

UK2 offers reasonably solid technical support. For immediate answers to problems, you can chat with a live support agent. Otherwise, you can open a ticket from within your cPanel. They don’t offer technical phone support, but they do have sales agents available via telephone. There’s also a searchable knowledge base available. When speaking with support, I was able to connect to an agent in under 30 seconds, and they were very knowledgeable about the product.

 

Summary

Overall, I found UK2 to be an average website hosting company. They can get the job done but aren’t overly impressive. Their cheap website hosting is cheap in both price and features, so it is advisable to choose one of the standard plans.

Pros

  • Unlimited storage (Excluding cheap hosting)
  • Unlimited bandwidth (Excluding cheap hosting)
  • Supports Perl 5.10.1 and Ruby on Rails
  • Softaculous auto installer

Cons

  • No phone support
  • Price more than doubles after initial term expires
James Guill
James Guill
James Guill is a veteran writer with a background in IT support. He’s worked for some of the world’s largest companies including Ericsson, Compaq, GE, Bank of America and Dell.

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