UK-based web hosts, which are often compared with US-based web hosts, are getting more popular nowadays. Except their relative higher pricing than US-based web hosting solutions, there is still some more reliable and budget web hosting. If customers are just focus on UK market or the European market place, reliable and fast web hosts based on UK are certainly the most suitable options.
In the below post, we are going to compare two famous UK-based web hosts, Heart Internet and Hot1Plus, from their hosting pricing, features, performance to customer support. We hope this comparison can reveal which one is the better UK-based web host and whether it is fit for customers’ website or not.
About Heart Internet and Host1Plus
Heart Internet (www.heartinternet.uk) is one of the best UK-based web hosting providers, founded in 2004. The company always aims at providing the best possible web hosting solutions supported by high quality hardware, state-of-the-art data centers, rock solid network and UK based experts.
As for the other web host, Hosy1Plus (www.host1plus.com) has evolved in the industry more than 7 years. Its major products are standard web hosting, standard reseller hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers. The company remains the values of reliability, tolerance, and partnership and practices these values when serving customers.
Heart Internet vs. Host1Plus on Pricing
At Heart Internet, its shared hosting is divided into cloud hosting for small to medium sized website and Premium shared hosting with server-level performance for multisite hosting and demanding projects. The cloud shared hosting starts at £2.49/mo. According to the exchange rate between the pound and the dollar on May 4th, 2016, it should be around $3.62/mo. Please note that the below exchanges between the pound and the dollar are all following this exchange rate.
Besides, Heart Internet Premium shared hosting, reseller hosting and VPS hosting are all promoting. The company offers 33% off discounts for Premium shared hosting and VPS; reseller hosting includes 50% discount. Normally, Premium shared hosting starts at £29.99/mo (namely around $43.63/mo). After 33% discounts, it charges at £20.09/mo, namely $29.23/mo only.
What’s more, Heart Internet gives extra discounts for yearly billing terms. Plus special 33% discount, Its Premium shared hosting will charge at £18.42/mo around, namely $26.79/mo.
Host1Plus also gives discounts on shared hosting, reseller hosting, and VPS hosting as well. For 6 months and longer terms, Host1Plus shared hosting has up to 15% discounts, making it start at $4.25/mo. Within limited time, customers can get a special 40% discount on shared hosting, namely $2.55/mo.
As for money back guarantee, Heart Internet offers 30 days of money back guarantee for shared hosting and reseller hosting service, which can lower customers’ risks; while Host1Plus offers only 14 days of money back guarantee for shared hosting to VPS hosting.
Comparing their hosting pricing, we find that for both companies can provide cheap web hosting, but Heart Internet design more high-class hosting for bigger sized business websites.
Heart Internet vs. Host1Plus on Features
Due to both web hosts provides can provide shared hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, reseller hosting and dedicated servers, we cannot compare each kind of web hosting solutions in detail in this short article. Therefore, we will only focus on their shared hosting solutions.
As we introduced in pricing, we know that Heart Internet designs different types of shared hosting for multiple target groups. Let’s see the cloud shard hosting first. It comes with 3 packages, Starter Pro, Home Pro, and Business Pro. Starter Pro is for small informational website or a simple starter site at lower pricing; Home Pro and Business Pro contain more features to support bigger and more websites.
3 cloud shared hosting packages contain up to 3 separate websites on a single package, unlimited web space, monthly bandwidth, subdomains, mailboxes, autoresponders, mailing lists, email forwarders and more are included. More than that, it also contains master FTP accounts, SSH access, up to unlimited MySQL databases, shared secure server access and optional virus scanning service.
The company also makes its shared hosting easy to use. Customers can get the powerful but intuitive eXtend control panel to manage domains, emails, files and hosting, install apps, view invoices and statistics, change settings and much more. One-click installer enables customer to easily install more than 70 apps via their control panel.
The other company Host1Plus solid shared hosting comes with 3 packages, too. Three packages are for a single simple website and small business website respectively. At maximum, three shared hosting plans include unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, unlimited add-on domains, 1 free domain, unlimited subdomains, 1 free dedicated IPs, as well as unlimited SQL databases.
Besides, Host1Plus shared hosting contains multiple PHP versions. cPanel control panel and simple application installer are included.
Comparing their features and pricing, we think Heart Internet shared cloud hosting has higher price value because of better features at lower starting pricing.
Heart Internet vs. Host1Plus on Performance
Although Heart Internet does not make any promise on its shared hosting, its virtual private servers and dedicated servers come with 99.99% uptime service level agreement. It promises to provide adequate compensation once customers experience even 0.01% downtime any time.
Heart Internet only uses high-spec Dell servers with the latest generation of Intel processors, so that customers’ websites are always running on fast and high-quality hardware. Industry-leading network equipment from Cisco System and Juniper Networks can stimulate the full potential of the server hardware at Heart Internet. Therefore, customers can enjoy optimum performance delivered by Heart Internet.
Moreover, Heart Internet owns and operates purpose-built data centers that ensure that it can always be optimized in every aspect. Its data centers are fully equipped with redundant security system, cooling system and power supply system, preparing for any unexpected situations like fire, floods, and power loss. Backups and restores also protect customers’ files from emergency.
As to Host1Plus, Host1Plus uses 8 server locations for high performance. As we all know, the company uses 1Gbit network for faster download and uploads. Backup management comes to customers. Nevertheless, Host1Plus designs its shared hosting and reseller hosting as standard web hosting solutions, and we do not find any more information related to uptime, so we think Hoset1Plus we hosting may not as reliable as Heart Internet web hosting.
Heart Internet vs. Host1Plus on Customer Support
Heart Internet provides 24×7 UK support. If customers buy its cloud shared hosting, the company will be responsible for server hardware and software, network and power availability, server security, web server and mail server configuration. Customers can contact it via phone, tickets, and fax for further help. According to the real experience, Heart Internet can response customers’ tickets within 1 hour.
In its support center, customer can find more than 1,000 articles related to features, domains, payments, tools and more.
Host1Plus will monitors customers’ server performance, and gives advice for their questions via help tickets. Like Heat Internet, its knowledge base contains many tutorials and helpful articles.
Comparing the technical support, both companies have their advantages, while Host1Plus is not convenient for customer to get real person help.
Who is the Better UK-based Web Host?
After revealing the four aspects above, we clearly know that Heat Internet is better than Host1Plus. To be specific, Heart Internet can provides more features and more types of premium web hosting than Host1Plus. Their pricing is close and cheap, even Heart Internet is a little higher than Host1Plus. Heat Internet is better in respect of hosting performance and technical support as well. So, we recommend Heart Internet for all kinds of customers targeting European market.
For more information about Heart Internet, please visit www.heartinternet.uk.