Alex Williams  โ€”

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EWH is one of the very few UK-based, large-scale hosts.

As you’d expect, mainland speeds are fast - under half a second.

Their main selling-point is minimizing the carbon footprint, while getting your content live online.

Some EWH highlights:

  • over 300 trees planted - as part of reforestation campaigns in England โ˜‘๏ธ
  • extremely energy-efficient Dell servers - with SSDs that use less power โ˜‘๏ธ

UK Servers ๐ŸŒ

UK servers mean a faster server response time for viewers based in Europe.

As a result, you will see - in the Speed section of this Eco Web Hosting review - that they have pretty impressive page loading times.


Eco Web Hosting UK Review ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Green Power with Performance Power to Boot ๐Ÿฒ

Speeds and uptime are good.

They do lots for the UK environment, with local servers.

Overall, Eco Web Hosting makes up for a non-24 hour support system for phone and live chat, with:

  • โ˜‘๏ธ an email ticket system that runs all the time.
  • โ˜‘๏ธ & they claim a 30 minute wait - for technical queries sent via email

Finally, prices are decent value, but less so than alternate “green” host GreenGeeks.

PROS
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Free SSL
  • Strong Speed/Uptime
CONS
  • Limited Support Hours
  • No Dedicated or Cloud Hosting

Eco Web Hosting Pros and Cons

A Good Draw - Holds Its Own Water ๐ŸŒต

Below, you can check out Eco Web Hosting pros and cons in detail:

Efficient Carbon Footprint โœ”๏ธ

Other than SSDs with efficiency than standard hard disks, they also run eco campaigns.

Their offices commit to working paperlessly as much as possible, and their employees are encouraged to minimize commutes. Despite that, they still manage great speeds and stability.

Free SSL on All Plans โœ”๏ธ

Grab a free “Let's Encrypt Wildcard” SSL on all plans.

Ever since Google announced that it would label all sites - without SSLs - as “Non-Secured,” damaging brand image and SEO rankings, SSLs & TLS certs have become a must.

The global Wildcard certificate offers your browsers and search engines extra confidence.

Solid Speed/Uptime โœ”๏ธ

In fact, our Eco Web Host review team has determined that they were the fastest of all the “green” web hosts we’ve reviewed.

The uptime score is also decent, though a small business might want to consider a WordPress plan - over a shared plan, for the extra performance boost.

Limited Hours for Support โŒ

If you’re the type who prefers to shoot an email then wait for a response - while you grab a coffee from your favourite cafe - this won’t matter too much.

Emails are available 24/7 - with good response times. Phone and live chat are UK work hours.

No Dedicated or Cloud Hosting โŒ

The Eco Web Hosting review team has noticed a trend with “green” providers.

Pretty competitive performances and features, but a lack of dedicated & cloud options. The only exception to this rule is DreamHost, who has the full comprehensive selection. (Round 1 to DH.)


Eco Web Hosting Uptime๐ŸŸข

What Goes Up...Hopefully Floats ๐ŸŽˆ

Poor Uptime leads to millions lost down the drain.

If you’re a smaller business, this could be tens of thousands… Simply, uptime is a measure of how reliably your website can stay online. Our review team has - therefore - looked at the company, to see how it handles pressure… ๐Ÿงฏ

Five-Nines Availability ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

A quick definition: The best shared hosting uptime on the market is 99.999% uptime.

Another name for this is “five-nines availability.” On a ratio of uptime versus downtime - for a hosted site - this is the hallmark measure of a provider’s reliability.

EWH does pretty good on this scale, though they don’t hit this standard.

Test ๐Ÿ“œ

99.96 slams them right between GreenGeeks and DreamHost.

Definitely a contender among the list of the best web hosts that are "green". And, overall, good reliability. If you’re a bigger business, the Eco Web Host review team would recommend a VPS plan, however!


Eco Web Host Speed๐Ÿ’จ

Once Properly Online, Speed is Key To Unlocking Everything ๐Ÿ”’

Cool fact - Under 50% of websites load under 2 seconds.

That 1 second problem difference - between holding a customer's attention and them exiting after three-second cut off point - means the following:

  • Worse SEO โŒ
  • Losing conversions โŒ
  • Higher “bounce-back” rates (customers not returning) โŒ

Fortunately, Eco Web Host holds their own water here, too.

Test #1 - Loading Time โŒš

Also known as “page loading speed.”

A measure of how long your website takes to load up your content. A slower speed has negative conversion and SEO consequences.

Pingdom was used to get an accurate picture of EWHs performance - which was 404ms in the end. Good score. (Anything under one second is fast).

Test # 2 - UK Server Response Times ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Sub 200ms are recommended by GTmetrix and Google.

Slow server response times are a sort of hard ceiling that no plugin can overcome. So, 75ms is great to see. Super fast capacity.

eco web host server-responsetinme

This isn’t quite the 8ms we saw with GreenGeeks, but when you’re talking sub 100ms, you’re splitting fine hairs.


Eco Web Hosting eHost Pricing ๐Ÿ’ฐ

Somewhere Between DreamHost & GreenGeeks ๐ŸŒˆ

GreenGeeks is the cheapest of the eco-friendly web hosts we’ve reviewed. EWH is a notch up.

Infrastructure comes at a price. None of these hosts can play the best free web host game… All plans cost, as you get lots of features and performance.

You do get free addons, like a free SSL (though, not a free domain.)

Eco Web Hosting Shared Plans ๐Ÿ™†

That said, there are quite a few paid plans, so we will cover the most important details in each, starting with shared.

Essential ๐ŸŒฑ
  • 1 Site
  • 10 GB SSD Space
  • 50 GB
    Monthly Bandwidth
  • 3 × 1 GB
    MySQL Databases
  • 25 × 10GB Mailboxes
  • Eco Web Host SSL
  • Eco Web Host cPanel
  • 1 Tree Planted/Month

ยฃ3.49/month
Professional Plan๐ŸŒท
  • 3 Sites
  • 50 GB SSD Space
  • 100 GB
    Monthly Bandwidth
  • 10 × 1 GB
    MySQL Databases
  • 50 × 10GB Mailboxes
  • SSL + cPanel
  • Global CDN Included
  • 2 Trees/Month

ยฃ5.99/month
Ultimate ๐ŸŒณ
  • Unlimited Sites
  • 100 GB SSD Space
  • Unlimited Monthly Bandwidth
  • Unlimited 1 GB MySQL Databases
  • 100×10GB Mailboxes
  • SSL + cPanel
  • Global CDN
  • 4 Trees/Month

ยฃ11.99/month
Eco Web Host UK Review - Top Tip โญ

Smaller business with a lot of data?

The Professional Plan that gives you substantially more storage and sub-domains for only a small increment in price.

Eco Web Hosting VPS ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Also known as virtual private servers, the best VPS hosts pack more of a punch.

VPS creates a virtual single server that increases resources, security, and performance. Price too, though a top-notch free VPS could be something to look at.

There are another three plans:

Starter ๐Ÿž
  • 1 × 2.4 GHz Core
  • 20 GB SSD Storage
  • 2 GB RAM
  • WHM & cPanel
  • Local RAID
  • 100 Mbps Bandwidth

ยฃ18.98/month
Standard ๐Ÿฆ‹
  • 1 x 2.4 GHz Core
  • 40 GB SSD Storage
  • 4 GB RAM
  • WHM & cPanel
  • Local RAID
  • 100 Mbps Bandwidth

ยฃ21.98/month
Advanced ๐Ÿ™
  • 2 × 2.4 GHz Core
  • 80 GB SSD 
  • 8 GB RAM
  • WHM & cPanel
  • Local RAID
  • 100 Mbps Bandwidth

ยฃ31.98/month

Managed WordPress ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝ‍๐Ÿ’ผ

Powerful WordPress hosts optimize your WP theme - for super-fast loading times and good SEO. There are four tiers:

Basic โ›ด๏ธ
  • One Site
  • 25 GB SSD Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Staging Environment
  • Let’s Encrypt EWH SSL
  • Global CDN
  • Snapshot Backups
  • 1 Tree Planted Every Month!

ยฃ5.99/month
Business ๐Ÿ›ณ๏ธ
  • Three Sites
  • 75 GB SSD space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Staging Environment
  • Let's Encrypt EWH SSL
  • Global CDN
  • Snapshot Backups
  • 2 Trees Planted Every Month!

ยฃ9.99/month
Premium ๐Ÿš
  • Ten Sites
  • 250 GB SSD space
  • 4 Trees Planted Every Month!

ยฃ19.99/month
Ultimate ๐Ÿš€
  • Unlimited Sites
  • Unlimited SSD Space
  • 10 Trees Planted Every Month!

ยฃ39.99/month

Last But Not Least… - “Ultimate Reseller Hosting” ๐Ÿ’ต

Grab top reseller hosting... Sell internet resources to your customers, with a pretty awesome number of features:

  • Unlimited Websites, Bandwidth
  • Standard SSL Certificate
  • Global CDN Included
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited 10 GB Mailboxes
  • Unlimited Let's Encrypt Wildcard SSL
  • White-label Control Panel
  • Create Custom Packages
  • Built-In Customer Manager
  • 10 Trees Planted Every Month!

Eco Web Hosting Support โ”

Awesome, Inside of Work Hours ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ

They have an extensive, well-organised knowledge base.

Note: The only 24/7 support is the email ticket system and knowledge base.

Knowledge Base ๐Ÿฌ

These are organized into “Featured Questions,” “Popular Questions,” and “Latest Questions.”

Very nice and neat. Shoot a question into the search bar, to save time. Or browse the FAQ section to the right - seen below.

On that note, visit this Eco Web Hosting UK review FAQ section, to see popular questions.

Eco Web Hosting Live Chat ๐Ÿ˜…

Grab Eco Web Hosting live chat support during normal work hours - 9 am - 5.30 pm.

We wish this would be available on weekends, but - alas - it’s only Monday to Friday, which would be a hassle for serious businesses looking for instant fixes.

This opens up in your browser on the bottom corner.

Email Ticketing ๐Ÿ“ฌ

This is your saving grace if you need a fix any time of the day, any day of the year.

Eco Web Hosting claims an average waiting time of 30 minutes - for a response. Just press the “raise ticket” button - and one of their technical support advisors will get on the case.

Just make sure you’re logged in first, and you’re off to the races.

Phone ๐Ÿ“ž

Again, the Eco Web Hosting UK review team are unsure about a Monday to Friday service. As a result, we find it hard to recommend this company to more established businesses.

Lines aren’t open 9-5.30 Monday to Friday, UK time.


Bonus  Featuresโญ

The Extra Perks List - Under The Microscope ๐Ÿ”ฌ

You get more than just excellent great environmentally-friendly benefits.

Let’s analyze a few key tools more closely. The HostingData review team loved these following features...

Solid State Drivers (SSD) Storage ๐Ÿ’ฟ

EWH primarily does this for energy efficiency, but there are other practical benefits.

SSD storage is typically faster than traditional, mechanical hard disks. Because they don’t spin, they also feed on less power.

Here is the key to SSDs:

  • vital for getting the fastest hosting speeds
  • do very well when combined with VPS servers
  • not all hosts offer them!

Just a note: The first tier offers a small storage amount. Though it is fast, skipping to the next level is recommended.

Great “Stack” User Interface ๐Ÿ“š

The user interface is pretty awesome in its intuitiveness - which is great for beginners to hosting.

Have a look at the dashboard… You’ll notice how neatly everything is arranged.

Their custom “Stack” Eco Web Hosting cPanel lets you do everything, from managing your account, and adding accounts, to finding all the packages under your name. Also:

  • phpMyAdmin
  • MySQL databases
  • FTP accounts
  • Email addresses

Also, access regular cPanel if you prefer the traditional setup.

Stack Website Builder ๐Ÿ‘ท

Though it's not fully drag-and-drop, this offers what you would expect of simple website builders.

Get something live in minutes. There are nearly 40 templates to choose from.

There’s an automatic filler for some of your website info, saving you time from inputting it all in. And they have video tutorials for getting the hang of the interface.

Basically, Eco Web Hosting has a full infrastructure for beginners who want to go live without coding.


Eco Web Hosting FAQ

Onto the Lightning Round โšกโšก

Here, our Eco Web Host review team answers the most common questions around this topic.

Simple answers. Cutting to the marrow. As always, we know your cup of โ˜• has cooled down by this point... Sip the last drops as we answer your final questions.

Where Are Eco Web Hosting Servers Located?

Right In the UK Heartlands. This is actually a plus and a minus, even if your customers are mostly located in the UK.

The closer your server is to your customer, the better the performance speeds - generally speaking… i.e. pages will load faster.

The only negative is that EWH has only one server - located in Derby.

At its current level of operation, this should be fine. But, there is a risk with investing in a single data center site.

Generally, one site is statistically more vulnerable to a massive failure. (Cloud hosting is not offered by EWH, as they only have a single server site to begin with).

Who Owns Eco Web Hosting?

A UK Team of Unique Experts.

Technically speaking, EWH is owned by the founder, Rob Percival. He’s teamed up with 8 other experts in the field:

  1. Chris Cousins (CEO)
  2. Tak Tran (Business Dev Manager)
  3. Leon Harper (Senior Technical Lead)
  4. Kate Bolin (Marketing Director)
  5. Tom Robinson (Senior Designer)
  6. Mike Coombs (Support Manager)
  7. Scott Liddell (Support Technician)
  8. Carl McCluskey (Support Technician)

They’re always looking for partners, to help with planting trees and restoring the British countryside - first, by finding viable plots of land.

Currently, they team up with Ransom Wood Business Park and My Wild Life (Rutland), in their endeavour to protect and help nature along.

Why Should I Use Eco Web Hosting?

If You Love the Environment & Love in the UK.

Honestly, GreenGeeks offer better prices - and have some of the same drawbacks.

But…for those of our Hosting Data readers who grew up visiting the British National Trust - or even their local park - you may have a soft spot for the UK’s nature.

It’s a win-win in the sense that EWH’s speeds and uptimes are strong.

For big businesses in search of dedicated plans, or those who want the flexibility of cloud hosting, then DreamHost is probably a better alternative.

Doing your part for the planet is often some degree of inconvenience, so you’ll need to make a decision on where the line is.

Battle of the Eco Hosts ๐Ÿ†š

Go with Eco Web Host and you get ๐Ÿฆœ
  • โ˜‘๏ธ middle of the range prices
  • โ˜‘๏ธ to help the UK mainland natural environment & energy efficiency
Go with DreamHost and you get โ˜๏ธ
  • โ˜‘๏ธ cloud & dedicated (...which neither GreenGeeks or Eco Web Host offer!)
  • โ˜‘๏ธ to support a company who use energy-efficient offices
Go with GreenGeeks and you get ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  • โ˜‘๏ธ to support a company who invests a ton back in renewable energy directly
  • โ˜‘๏ธ better prices

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ

What Did We Learn At School Today?

Like everything in the UK, plan prices are a bit steeper with Eco Web Host - but only a bit.

Eco Web Hosting scores an “A” on these criterion:

  • โœ”๏ธ Speed and uptime
  • โœ”๏ธ Carbon footprint

If you want slightly better value for money, then go for GreenGeeks.

But, if you want a broader variety of hosting packages, DreamHost is your provider (for e.g. if you have high numbers of visitors, the best dedicated hosting solutions offer you a whole server).

Every tier with EWH leads to at least one tree being planted per month (carbon-offsetting). You get a free SSL and free domain on all plans… All plans use super-fast and efficient SSDs… And there's a site builder ๐Ÿงฑ.

Overall: A win-win for those managing their footprint - while getting great value.

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