Easyspace Web Hosting Review | Gadgetmasti

Operating since 1997, Easyspace has been part of the UK domain registration and web hosting industry since the beginning. In 2004 it was purchased by iomart, a Scottish information technology and cloud computing company that pioneered high-speed connections to consumers in the UK. Easyspace has since benefited greatly from iomart’s investment in network and infrastructure with ten self-managed data centers spanning eight sites in England, Scotland and Wales.

Easyspace has 10 data centers located across the UK (Image credit: Easyspace)

Easyspace is satisfied with the simplicity of its mission, ie to provide its customers with “the best service, the best availability and the best reliability”. Based in Glasgow (UK), Easyspace offers ten data centers spread across the UK including London, Manchester, Nottingham, Gosport, St. Asaph, Leicester, Maidenhead and (naturally) Glasgow. These data centers are monitored 24/7 and managed by Easyspace’s own technical team, which the company sees as one of its greatest assets.

If you want to know more about Easyspace’s network and infrastructure, its official website provides a lot of information on the subject. However, if you want to know a little more about the company itself, you will have to think outside the box as the official site is somewhat secretive.

To be fair, he still goes into the details of how the site itself looks over the years, from “basic with bright colors” to the “eye-catcher” we have today. Today, the site looks extremely orange, modern, and very convenient to use. It will also take you to the official Easyspace blog which features everything a blog should have, although it isn’t updated too enthusiastically.

Fans of social networking sites can follow Easyspace on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, where some accounts are alive while others are nearly dead to the world.

Price

Easyspace’s cheapest plans do not include an SSL certificate while its more expensive plans do. (Image credit: Easyspace)

Price

With Easyspace, you can choose between different types of hosting, including shared hosting (entry level, standard, premium and WordPress oriented), cloud and VPS hosting (where you will find very flexible solutions) and the dedicated server hosting (where you can choose between pre-built and custom servers). In addition to hosting, Easyspace offers Microsoft 365 packages, business email, SSL certificates, website builder, web design solutions, and management services.

With all shared hosting plans, you can choose between Linux and Windows, even with the entry-level one, and for the same price. The most user-friendly Entry plan starts at £ 2.99 ($ ​​4.05) and provides one site, one free domain name for one year, countless subdomains, 1 GB of storage space (that’s is barely enough), unlimited bandwidth, but no SSL certificate. To get a free SSL certificate you will have to at least go for the “Premium” plan, and even then it will only be yours for one year.

There is no free trial or refund with Easyspace, so think carefully before you give them a chance.

Easyspace is not too flexible with the payment methods allowing its customers to pay with their credit / debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) and PayPal.

Ease of use

Tap on “Web Hosting,” select a hosting type, tap on the “Learn More” and “Compare” options to get a clearer picture of the features you’ll get with each plan and (after thinking) go for the one of them by clicking on “Buy now”. Then you will have the option to further configure your plan. While selecting a plan shouldn’t be complicated, if you’re not sure which one is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact the pre-sales support staff.

After choosing a plan, you will be asked to select a billing period (three months or one, two, three, four or five years), an operating system (Linux or Windows) and whether you want to include an e- mail with the hosting package (it’s free). After that, you will be prompted to add a domain name, some of which are available cheaply.

When everything is ready, you will need to create an account with Easyspace (or log in if you already have one), and for this you will need to provide your full name, email address and physical address, phone number, and a strong password. After adding payment information and making a purchase, you should receive a welcome call to prepare for any questions you may have. However, if you are not from the UK, you might just receive an email instead.

Control Panel

If you have any problems, you can access support directly from the control panel (Image credit: Easyspace)

Easyspace’s custom control panel is simple in appearance and easy to use with its familiar layout, colorful tiles for each area, and convenient side menu. There are no one-click installs, which would have been bad news if you couldn’t get the tech team to install WordPress (or any other useful app) on your behalf. If you have opted for a WordPress oriented plan, WordPress will be installed automatically for you. We should also note that users who have purchased cloud-based packages can expect to get cPanel or Plesk as their control panel.

Regarding site creation tools, Easyspace also provides a WebBuilder accompanied by many detailed guides, in text and video format. It is also available at an additional cost.

Performance

We used GTmetrix to measure the availability and response time of the main Easyspace site (Image credit: GTmetrix)

Speed ​​and experience

Even though Easyspace rarely mentions speed on its site, it seems like there is nothing to worry about when it comes to fast performance. According to our tool of choice GTmetrix, the official Easyspace site took 2.2 seconds to fully load and a total of 70 requests at one time. The site also mastered all of the other vital speed measurement metrics (greatest content painting, total blocking time, and cumulative layout lag), but not enough to achieve a peak rating. Nonetheless, GTmetrix rated the site with a respectable B (89%), which was only 1% of an A.

As for availability, Easyspace guarantees an impressive 100%. While it seemed unlikely that they would fulfill this, after monitoring the site’s uptime for two weeks through UptimeRobot, we were proven otherwise. There was no downtime and no major wobble in startup response time, which is an unspoken promise of reliable performance.

Live Chat

Easyspace’s live chat can be very helpful in troubleshooting quick issues (Image credit: Easyspace)

Support

If you’re having trouble with your website, or just want to ask a question or two, your best bet is to contact the Easyspace staff through live chat. He’s supposed to be available 24 hours a day, but our experience tells us that you’d better try to reach them during office hours. Alternatively, you can phone them Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., submit a support ticket, or email them.

Support

The Knowledge Base contains a number of useful articles separated by topic (Image credit: Easyspace)

When it comes to self-help options, Easyspace’s support section has a “System Status” page and a comprehensive knowledge base that is well stocked with step-by-step guides. These guides are separated into ten appropriate sections (like email help, hosting help, server help, etc.) which are then further broken down into more specific topics. As far as we can see, most guides follow the “show, don’t tell” rule and seem fairly user-friendly.

The competition

If you’re looking for a UK-based host with a similar range of options and features, but with a 30-day money-back guarantee, check out Heart Internet. This company also provides its users with a standard cPanel with Linux (and Plesk for Windows) based packages, so if that’s your thing, go with them.

Certa Hosting and Easyspace are UK based hosts that are quite similar in terms of the types of hosting, options and features available. That being said, if you’re looking to save money, Certa Hosting’s solutions are a bit cheaper and come with more freebies, such as weekly backups, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and a website builder.

Bluehost offers affordable hosting packages but with a wider variety of features (abundance of apps for one-click installation, SSL certificate and money back guarantee among others). However, given that all of Bluehost’s data centers are based in the US, while Easyspace’s centers are based in the UK, this can be a critical point for some users.

Much like Bluehost, HostGator is a friendly US host with a bit of something for just about the needs of everyone from sharp-witted bloggers to business owners. If you don’t mind hosting your site in the US, with HostGator you’ll get unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, free domain (with annual plans), SSL certificate, one-click installations, a website builder, and a generous 45-day money-back guarantee that will give you plenty of time to make up your mind.

Final verdict

With a wide variety of reasonably priced hosting solutions that come with all of the essential features you need for a successful start, there’s not much to dislike about Easyspace. A welcome setup call, 24/7 support, and step-by-step guides are likely to attract less tech-savvy users, while exceptional speed performance and ten stand-alone data centers across the UK Uni will easily charm everyone, especially old Withered users.

If you are looking for a UK host and you don’t mind the lack of a free trial or refund policy, Easyspace might be one of the best choices for you. If not, web hosts like HostGator and Bluehost will give you plenty of time before forcing you to part with your money for good.

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