Reviews and expert opinion Web4U

Solomon Ndung'u
Solomon Ndung'u
Web Hosting Expert

Web4U is a Czech web hosting provider with lightweight and affordable albeit restrictive budget shared hosting plans. Their PHP and ASP.NET plans may be particularly appealing to developers.


Overview

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Web4U is a web hosting vendor based in the Czech Republic, though they also serve customers in several other countries such as Slovakia, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine. The company was founded in 2003 and at present their service is only available in Czech.

Features and Ease of Use

Web4U provides both private and shared hosting. Their Linux-based shared hosting solutions include the following features:

  • SSD storage
  • Intelligent anti-spam filters and antivirus protection
  • PHP 5.6, 7.1, and 7.2 support
  • MySQL 5.5 and MariaDB 10.1 on SSD servers
  • Unlimited data transfer
  • cPanel with detailed visitor statistics
  • POP3, IMAP, SMTP + SSL / TLS variants
  • 99.9% accessibility SLA

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Web4U also has a ASP.NET hosting plan for those who require a Windows operating system.

In addition to the above features, Web4U includes a one-click installation tool for scripts like Drupal, WordPress, PrestaShop, and Joomla!. You also get a free .cz domain registration with the purchase of an annual contract, making Web4U an excellent one-stop solution for Czech webmasters.

If you outgrow their shared hosting plans, you can easily scale up to their VPS or dedicated server packages. They also have fully-managed options for customers who’d rather hand over all website-related operations to hosting professionals.

Web4U uses SSD storage with RAID configuration for complete redundancy. The company uses a decentralized hosting model that ensures that the failure of one server doesn’t threaten to bring down the whole system or affect the performance of any other server. While these features are helpful, they’re the typical features companies in this space would offer. The differentiating factor, therefore, isn’t what the company claims to offer, but how well their resources serve their customers. By and large, Web4U customers show considerable satisfaction with their hosting solutions.

Pricing and Support

All hosting services from this vendor – including VPS and dedicated servers – are extremely cheap. Note that all prices are listed in Czech Koruna (CZK), so you may have to do some currency conversion.

The vendor also allows potential customers to try out their servers with a non-obligatory 21-day free trial. This, apparently, takes the place of any refund policy: Web4U doesn’t offer a money back guarantee.

You can reach Web4U’s customer support via live chat, a contact form, or email. Phone support is also available, but only during business hours on weekdays. For server-related emergencies, Web4U encourages their customers to use their IPMI or VNC console.

When I contacted the Web4U support team about installing phpMyAdmin using Virtualmin, the support representative sent me clear and easy-to-understand instructions via email. This took less than an hour, which was impressive. The hosting company doesn’t have a ticketing system, but their knowledge base is loaded with many articles and tutorials covering most of the issues you’re likely to come across using their services.

Comparison

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Ondřej P.
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April 17, 2019
Absolutně nedoporučuji

Prehistorická nefungující administrace, předražené nevýkonné služby. Celkově to stojí za totální vyližprdel. Tím že jejich služby nevyužijete si ušetříte spoustu nervů. Lituji doteď, že jsem se díky klientovi s takovouto firmou vůbec setkal. Jeho web jsem okamžitě migroval ke konkurenci. PS: Třeba u hostingu za 99 Kč měsíčně nemáte PHP server a ani žádnou SQL databázi. Tohle je opravdu smutné.

Bottom line on Web4U

Web4U’s solutions are primarily designed for small to mid-sized business websites that don’t have very high resource demands. They’re not the most beginner-friendly, but they’ll get the job done.

Before you make a decision, we highly recommend you check out some alternative hosting companies, which we highly recommend.

Pros

  • 99.9% server availability SLA
  • 21-day free trial with no obligations
  • Uses a decentralized hosting model
  • Support team has short response times

Cons

  • Entry-level hosting plan extremely restrictive
  • No money back guarantee
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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