Focused on quality from the beginning
5Wire.co.uk is a small web hosting company founded back in 2008. The idea was never to grow big as to sacrifice the quality of their service, meaning they can maintain a top quality level of support. Their servers and hardware is located in a Tier 1 Data center owned by 5Wire, and utilizes 1Gbps ports with a 100Gbps backbone infrastructure, which means they are big enough to own their own machines and run on an extremely fast connection, usually meaning they offer extremely reliable hosting accounts.Read More
Uptime & Reliability
Very reliable hosting
All of their services are advertised on the premise of being extremely reliable. They are a CloudFlare certified partner, offer daily backups on ALL plans, and feature a 99.99% uptime guarantee. If you happen to had a cloud server, it migrates automatically after FIFTEEN SECONDS of downtime, meaning you will be spotless year in and year out. It's also worth mentioning the high security standards they apply to all of their machines, with 24/7 monitoring and constant virus/malware scans. As I wrote above, the servers run on 1Gbps networks based in London offering the fastest server response times in Europe. Let’s not also forget the 7-day money back guarantee on any purchase (besides domains).
All the features you want
5Wire has all the basic goodies you want in a great host. Many shared plans, Virtual Servers, Dedicated Servers and even Cloud Servers. In addition, they have reseller hosting accounts as well SSL certificates available. The most basic, essential shared plan includes only 500MB of disk space, 10GB of bandwidth, 1SQL database, and 1 FTP account. On the bright side, it's pretty much being given for free (very affordable!). If you're looking for more, they have it. Whether it's an unlimited plan, or something in between, they have shared accounts to fit whatever budget or size you need. As you've probably noticed now, all of their shared plans run on Linux (with cPanel installed). For Virtual or Cloud servers, they also run Linux but you get to specify which Linux OS you want installed. You get your choice of Linux or Windows servers if you're looking to purchase a dedicated server from them. More on that -- they offer AWESOME dedicated servers that are setup quickly, run on SSD's, and feature upmost reliability. All of their London/UK Dedi's run on a Quad Core Xeon 2.26GHz CPU, with a minimum of 16GB RAM (up to 64!). All servers include 5 dedicated IPs as well as 5 terabytes of bandwidth. By the way, they also offer servers in other regions (US, Asia, or other parts of Europe) if that's what you're more interested in, and while they aren't as closely monitored by 5Wire (due to their location!), they are still equally as fast and reliable. You'd have to contact them to get full features and pricing however. Just as with their shared servers, their VPS comes in numerous plans to help fit any budget. With RAM as low as 512MB or as high as 8GB (all burstable up to 25%), and all run Solid State Drives, you would be getting one of the fastest virtual private servers available on the market. The same can be said for their Cloud Servers, which also offer a 99.99% uptime guarantee, SSD drives, and plenty of bandwidth, regardless of what plan you pick…all along with free and fast setups. You also get a free domain name for a year with the purchase of any of their hosting plans (6 month minimum)!
High quality tech support 24/7
They offer outstanding, reliable support around the clock, ready to set up accounts virtually instantly, help with any questions, and fix any technical errors you may be experiencing. They have a local (UK) number to contact during business hours, as well as a limited knowledge base/FAQ section. There is no live chat or forum, but you can also use e-mail or the ticket system as a way to reach them outside of business hours. There is no toll free number available.
Reasonable pricing for most types of hosting
Essential (basic) shared hosting plans start at only £1 per month! While the features aren't much (500mb disk space), they are solid state drives and it's a dirt cheap price. The price is even lower if you get 12, 24, or 36 month plans, with the monthly price going down to as low as £0.67 per month! On the down side, the UK has a 20% VAT (Value Added Tax) for all purchases, so don't forget to include that in your prices. For as low as £3 per month, you can get unlimited bandwidth, and for just £10, you can get unlimited everything in a fast, secure, shared environment. They have many virtual server plans as well, all of which have UNLIMITED bandwidth. The cheapest (called 0.5) VPS costs only £5 per month (only includes 1 CPU core), with other plans ranging from £10 to £40 per month, depending on how much RAM and disk space you want, as well as CPU cores. If you'd rather get a cloud server, they begin at just £10 monthly, a pure steal for the most reliable servers in the industry -- even more reliable than a dedicated one! The high-end cloud plan (number 4) costs £50 per month and includes 8 virtual CPU cores and 4GB of RAM! Finally, their dedicated servers are a little more expensive, but not so much when you realize just how many features you get. The cheapest London DS runs for £150 per month, with the other plans either costing £200 or £250. While they offer dedi's in other countries, you'd have to contact them to get the correct prices. While they may seem expensive, keep in mind they all include 5 free IP addresses, run on Quad Core processors, and include a minimum of 16GB DDR3 RAM, not bad eh?
Overall excellent hosting
They are easily my favorite European-based web host, offering not just affordable services but extremely high quality and reliable services. They have everything you expect in a good host, from Cloud storage to 24/7 support, money back guarantees, office addresses, a contact phone number, and years of experience in the industry, supplying England's finest web services. Pros:
- Very reliable hosting
- Affordable services
- Free domain name for a year with most packages
- Dedicated servers in multiple countries
- SSD's in all servers
- No toll free numbers
- 20% Value Added Tax