Eco Web Hosting Review
Are Eco Web Hosting right for you? Find out with our review below
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Eco Web Hosting was founded in 2007 with a unique angle in the hosting world; planting trees for every hosting plan sold to offset the server’s carbon emissions.
You can see their contribution in quite a lot of detail here https://tree-nation.com/profile/impact/eco-web-hosting#co2
Eco Web Hosting are focused on hosting (no funky extras like SEO or Email marketing). Their services include:
Eco Web Hosting have one of the most up to date hosting platforms around right now. It also means their server contention rate (the number of websites you are sharing a server with) is going to be small – that’s a good thing.
The company is run by an experienced crew, with the large majority having worked for Heart Internet during its peak a few years ago.
At the time of writing Eco Web Hosting have planted over 2,200 trees, offset more than 80 tonnes of carbon and sponsored 5 gold standard projects. You can read their monthly sustainability report here.
Are Eco Web Hosting putting their money where their mouth is? What makes their hosting eco?
Offsetting the environmental impact of your products is a great idea, but how good is their service and should you use them for your hosting?
Let’s find out…
The good news is environmentally-friendly hosting doesn’t mean slow hosting. Their own test using Load Impact shows just how fast their hosting is compared to other major UK web hosts.
Eco Web Hosting’s shared hosting platform boasts two features that make it largely unique in the web hosting industry (although other hosts are catching up): Autoscaling and load balancing.
Autoscaling literally means that resources scale automatically. Bandwidth, memory and processing power is scaled up or down instantly – depending on demand.
The ideas here is that if there’s a surge in traffic, your website will continue to offer the same fast experience for every user.
If there is a spike in demand and your shared hosting ‘neighbours’ become busy, it doesn’t affect your site speed. Busy sites are isolated from others on their own servers.
Load balancing shares traffic across servers, analysing traffic load and balance it across multiple servers when needed. Load balancing mitigates failover: if a server goes down, your site will be moved to another, so it stays online.
Eco Web Hosting’s shared hosting is available in three plans, each with varying webspace and bandwidth quotas.
All three plans come with a free SSL certificate and a free domain name if you pay annually. You also pay the equivalent of 10 months if you pay the whole year up front.
They also come with an impressive sounding 70+ one-click install apps like WordPress, Joomla and Magento.
The truth is, you’re very unlikely to use most of these with the exception of WordPress.
The Professional and Business plans also come with a free Content Delivery Network (CDN) to speed up your website(s) page load times.
Moving web hosts can be a real bind, and it can feel like the juice isn’t worth the squeeze. To help over come this, Eco Web Hosting include free migrations with all our packages, including WordPress and Magento sites.
The Eco Web Hosting WordPress Hosting platform is 100% SSD. This means the servers can access data must faster than traditional disks, resulting in a more stable and faster loading website.
The Eco Web Hosting WordPress hosting plans start at £5.99 per month for their Basic plan, with the, lower mid-range Business plan at £9.99 per month, the upper mid-range Professional plan costing £19.99 per month and their Ultimate plan coming in at £39.99 per month.
The key differentiators between the four plans are the number of WordPress sites you can host, your web space allowance and the number trees planted per month.
You could consider choosing their Reseller Hosting plan rather than the Ultimate plan. You get most of the same features but for £23.99 per month.
All four WordPress hosting plans come with some impressive features, such as:
You also get a free domain name when you pay annually.
Google’s Page Speed score is the new holy grail for many webmasters, and Eco Web Hosting will certainly help you in the goal to hit 100! They claim their customers will get 0.25 second load time for the average page.
This is achieved through their cloud platform using NGINX Edge caching, as well as a global content delivery network (CDN) and a bespoke cache plugin.
Eco Web Hosting have a super-fast domain search although the choice of domain name extensions is a bit limited.
That said, who really wants 90% of these anyway? .vip anyone? Anyone?
Their prices are very competitive and at the cheaper end of the scale. They don’t rely on short-term discounts to draw you in and then hit you with high priced renewals.
You have the choice of three Eco Web Hosting VPS plans, starting at £18.98 per month.
Unusually cPanel is included in the price, which probably explains why they don’t have a £9.99 option.
You’ll more than likely need cPanel anyway, so it makes sense to include it in the price to begin with.
Eco Web Hosting VPS specifications and prices
All VPS come with unlimited bandwidth, SSD storage, full root access, 99.99% uptime guarantee, hardware RAID, and out of band console.
Eco Web Hosting use a one-size fits all approach, with just one plan to choose from. Eco Web Hosting plant 10 trees per month for every reseller plan they sell.
Priced at £23.99 per month with a 45 day money back guarantee, all Eco Web Hosting reseller hosting comes with:
Eco Web Hosting reseller customers also get exclusive discounts on most of Eco Web Hosting’s products to help increase your margins. You’ll get discounts on domain names, VPS and SSL certificates.
In fact, this plan is largely the same as the shared hosting ‘Unlimited plan’ and a lot cheaper.
Eco Web Hosting’s support are based in the UK, and they are totally text based (no support over the phone). For me, this makes total sense; live chat and ticket based support are easier to explain technical issues.
They also offer a large Knowledge Base covering the most common questions and issues their customer have.
You can check Eco Web Hosting’s server status any time here https://www.ecowebhosting.co.uk/status
Eco Web Hosting offer a generous 45 day money back guarantee for their shared hosting, WordPress and reseller hosting products.
The following are excluded from this guarantee, presumably because their are direct costs for Eco Web Hosting in their set-up: