British web host UK2 is based in the “start-up” territory of Shoreditch in London but boasts more than two decades of experience in the hosting industry. In this time it has helped individuals and businesses alike to build a successful online presence. It has registered more than a million domain names, and it hosts thousands of websites from over 200 global locations.
The UK2 website is available in English.
Features and Ease of Use
Some of the standard features you can expect to find in UK2’s shared hosting packages are:
- Free domains (with one or two-year plans)
- Unmetered website storage space
- Unlimited monthly traffic (bandwidth)
- Unlimited email mailboxes (10 GB each)
- 99.9% uptime SLA (available on the highest tier plan)
The three shared hosting plans feature the Softaculous one-click application installer that simplifies the installation of hundreds of web applications such as Drupal, Magento, and PrestaShop. UK2 also provides WordPress-ready hosting.
All plans apart from the most basic hosting plan come with SSL certificates. These will improve your search engine rankings and will give your visitors the reassurance of the green padlock at the beginning of your URL.
Pricing and Support
This vendor’s three shared hosting plans are slightly higher priced than the industry average, but (at the time of writing) you can get promotional prices of up to 67% off. Beware, though, that the prices will shoot up after an introductory period of 12 or 24 months.
The Essential Hosting introductory plan is designed to accommodate basic websites; it is perfect for those just starting out with a website. This plan lets you host up to ten basic websites, quickly deploy popular web applications, and access one database.
The Business Hosting intermediate plan meets the needs of moderately demanding websites; it is a good fit for small enterprises, web designers, and developers who expect higher (and growing) traffic. This plan includes Stats2 analytics, an SSL certificate, and a dedicated IP address, all of which are useful for an online store.
The Business Cloud highest tier plan is aimed at websites that demand absolute performance and high uptime. As its name suggests, this plan is hosted on cloud platforms to enhance reliability, speed, and performance.
All hosting plans can be paid for via PayPal or credit/debit card on monthly, annual, and biennial billing cycles. The 30-day money-back guarantee gives you a few weeks to decide if this really is the host for you.
UK2 provides 24/7 expert support. The best way to start is by browsing through the topics and video tutorials in the knowledge base. The next step is to summon support via telephone, ticket, email or live chat. I was pleased with the pre-sales support I received via the live chat channel: