Today we have the honor to speak with one of the best UK web hosting providers, Web Host UK. We are speaking with Mr. Sameer Kulkarni, where we are going to learn more about the company, its products, and its services.
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Before the interview, we did a little research on your website, and we found out that you have been on the market for almost 20 years now. What a great achievement. How did you come up with the idea for Web Host UK?
Sameer: Back in the early years of 2000 when web hosting was relatively a new business, there were limited web hosting companies out there that were funded by big wealthy organizations and their sole purpose was to crunch customer accounts on severs (which were very basic entry-level servers back then) and make huge profits. This resulted in poor service and frequent server downtimes.
Also, European and UK customers had very limited options to signup with local web hosting companies as they had to rely on popular US-based companies. It is then when WebHostUK decided to explore the web hosting industry with the sole intention of offering premium web hosting services on servers physically located in UK datacenter; available at affordable rates so that web hosting is not limited to established organizations but also is a budget-friendly platform for emerging business and webmasters.
What were the challenges that you had to face over the years? How did you overcome them?
Sameer: When we started as a new web hosting company back in early 2000, it was an era of basic entry-level servers. Bandwidth was expensive and there were limited options for control panel, security of data, etc. Centos operating system was not even discovered. All these years, WebHostUK has made sure to keep ourselves up2date with the growing technology, we have evolved our web hosting from those basic traditional dedicated servers to the latest and ultra-speed Cloud servers backed up with advanced software. This has helped us to always maintain our reputation as one of the UK’s most reliable web hosting companies.
20 years in the hosting industry is a lot of time. What has changed over the years?
Sameer: Technology is evolving every day and this is a never-ending process. What we had as most advanced hardware and infrastructure back in 2000 does not exist any longer these days. This includes but not limited to the configuration of servers, network connectivity, storage drive capacity, software, and applications, etc. We started our journey on servers with 2Gigs of RAM and 200GB of normal SATA drives. Today WebHostUK offers several hundred times faster web hosting on the latest cutting-edge Cloud servers with pure SSD NvME drives.
As a trusted web hosting company, WebHostUK makes sure that it always invested in the latest equipment and applications back then in 2000, and so it does today as well in 2021.
What are the main products and services of Web Host UK?
Sameer: WebHostUK USP product is its affordable yet blistering fast Cloud hosting services which start from as low as £1.25 per month. Our premium products include several services such as :
- Domain registrations
- Cloud Hosting
- Reseller Hosting
- Managed WordPress Hosting
- Ecommerce Hosting
- Managed Cloud VPS servers
- Managed Dedicated servers
- SSL Certificates
- Managed Backup services
- Custom Cloud Infrastructure setups
We noticed that you started working for the US market in 2011. What was the reason for expanding in the US? What other markets are you planning to expand to in near future?
Sameer: After establishing ourselves as UK’s most trusted web hosting company, we wanted to introduce our services to the global market. USA was the first choice to come to our mind as often our customers required about the USA hosted options. We introduced our US datacenter servers and offer a similar range of products on our servers hosted in Phoenix data center, USA.
Cryptocurrencies are here to stay and a lot of people are using them as a payment method. What are your plans to introduce cryptocurrencies to Web Host UK?
Sameer: Yes Cryptocurrencies are gaining momentum as a preferred mode of currency, and WebHostUK will be introducing them soon this year to our customers. We are looking forward to accepting multiple forms of Cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), LiteCoin (LTC), and Ethereum (ETH). We will soon be making a public press release when our system is compatible to accept cryptocurrencies.
There are more and more eCommerce sites popping up, and this is a very interesting market for hosting providers. What is your approach with these companies? Why should they pick you as their hosting provider?
Sameer: Web Hosting industry is too saturated today, but only those companies thrive which focus on the quality of infrastructure and support. This is where WebHostUK has always been taking the lead as the most trusted eCommerce partner with our fully PCI compliant eCommerce hosting solutions. We expertise in offering the most secure web hosting which is scalable for the growth of eCommerce websites and portals. Our exceptional support team is highly experienced with all the major eCommerce applications, thus allowing us to deliver managed eCommerce hosting to our customers.
What are your plans for 2022?
Sameer: WebHostUK has always believed in evolving with time, focusing on making our web hosting service experience more convenient and easier for our customers. Powered with our advanced Cloud SSD hosting platform, we are looking forward to accelerating the global WordPress website speed index, by reaching out to each and every person out there who is intending to host his / her website, thus helping them make their websites more secure and load faster when hosted with us.
Where do you see Web Host UK going in the next 10 years?
Sameer: Last one and a half years had been challenging due to global pandemic conditions, but even during these times, WebHostUK has proudly shown steady growth in terms of customer signups and new orders. In the coming 10 years, we at WebHostUK aim to expand our services across multiple geolocation datacenters and host a minimum of 60% of websites hosted in Europe and the UK to be served from our datacenters.