123 Reg Reviews

123-Reg is a web hosting provider based in the UK. The company was launched in 2000. As suggested by the company name, 123-Reg offers cheap domain names. However, the company doesn't limit its activity to registering domains only. It also offers a wide range of services in web hosting, cloud hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting. Initially, 123-Reg was part of Webfusion group, which in its turn is a part of the largest European hosting provider Host Europe Group. Heart Internet, RedCoruna, DonHost and Domainmonster are also owned by Host Europe Group. These companies service customers in USA, UK, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany.

The company is estimated as one of the largest UK based domain registrars with over 3 million domain names and over 1.4 million websites. At 123-Reg, they have a philosophy that website creation must be available to everyone, not just the geeks and privileged. Their hosting portfolio displays the large numbers of diverse companies, individual webmasters and small to large businesses. The company also stresses its green credentials; UK based self-owned state-of-the-art Dell hardware and eco-friendly energy system.
This review will focus mainly on vps, cloud server hosting plans, features, productivity, efficiency, reliability and customer service, as well as user feedback.

123-Reg differs from other web hosting providers because it doesn't offer shared hosting to its customers. All the company's hosting services are directed at customers, individual as well as businesses, preferring cloud hosting to VPS or dedicated hosting plans.

123-Reg offers three cloud hosting plans for both Windows and Linux based OS.
L package from £59.00/month. Offers: processors (CPU) 4vCores; memory 24GB RAM; storage (hard drive) 2x1,000GB; HD Raid 1; data transfer unmetered; guaranteed peak bandwidth 100 Mbit/s; automatic backups daily; snapshots, mount ISO Images, control panel Plesk.

XL Package from £74.00/month offers: processors (CPU) 6vCores; memory 32GB RAM; storage (hard drive) 2x1,000GB; HD Raid 1; data transfer unmetered; guaranteed peak bandwidth 100 Mbit/s; automatic backups daily; snapshots, mount ISO images and control panel Plesk.

XXL Plan costs £89.00/month and offers: processors (CPU) 8vCores; memory 48GB RAM; storage (hard drive) 3x1,000GB; HD Raid 5; data transfer unmetered; guaranteed peak bandwidth 100 Mbit/s; automatic backups daily; snapshots, mount ISO images and Plesk control panel.

There are four VPS plans on offer from 123-Reg.You can customize the plan according to your needs. You can also choose between Linux or Windows based hosting.

Starter Plan costs from £9.99/month; processors (CPU) 1 core; memory 512MB RAM; storage (hard drive) 25GB; data transfer unmetered; cPanel (optional).

L Plan costs from £18.99/month; offers processors (CPU) 1 core; memory 1GB RAM; storage (hard drive) 70GB; data transfer unmetered; Plesk or cPanel.

XL Plan costs from £29.99/month; offers processors (CPU) 2 cores; memory 2GB RAM; storage (hard drive) 100GB; data transfer unmetered; Plesk or cPanel.

XXL Plan charges from £44.99/month; processors (CPU) 3 cores; memory 3GB RAM; storage (hard drive) 150GB; data transfer unmetered; Plesk or cPanel.

In terms of uptime/downtime, 123-Reg doesn't claim anything except for explaining how downtime is technically impossible due to the wizardry of cloud servers infrastructure. They have self-owned UK based data centres monitored 24/7. There is no uptime/downtime or performance statistics published, however.

123-Reg support is UK based support available during UK office hours via chat, email and phone. They also offer a comprehensive library of manuals, videos and PDFs to help resolve frequently addressed issues. They also have a very convenient self diagnostic tool you can use to solve some common website issues, an extensive knowledge base for self-study and reference.

They do not use forums and blogs, but are actively using Facebook and twitter accounts. Support seems to be quick to respond to questions and other issues. The large amount of social media activity is obviously a big plus for the company's credibility. Few cloud server hosting companies can boast of a large community of users exchanging experience and sharing reviews.

Being one of the UK's largest web hosting providers, 123-Reg has generated some unwanted publicity in 2012, when a Chinese hack attack badly affected the servers. The attack lasted 12 hours, but the main damaged has been repaired within the first 15 minutes. However, this was big news and BBC covered the topic.

123-Reg control panel can be Linux-based Cpanel, or the Linux/Windows based Plesk 11, a popular alternative. Customers have the choice, which in itself is good.

123-Reg offers a number of extra features or bonuses. Most of their cloud server hosting plans comes with one domain name free of charge. Some other additional features may include a £50 Google Adwords credit or a student discount offer. You need to check the special offers on their website and see if they're currently available.
Uptime Reliability 3.5
Server Speed 3.5
Customer Service 3
Value For Money 3
Features 4
Signup Procedure 4.5
Usability 4

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