123-reg is the United Kingdom's largest domain provider and belongs to the Host Europe Group. The company hosts more than 1. 4 million websites and has registered over three million domains.
123-reg offers two different types of VPS hosting. Firstly, their "VPS hosting" is unmanaged. You get general support for the system, and preinstalled operating system, but you won't get server support for any optimizations or software (although they might with basic control panel tasks, rather than more complex modifications).
Secondly, and it is not overly clear on their website, but they also offer "Premium Hosting". This is like a VPS, but it is fully managed, meaning they will take care of everything. As such you do not need any server knowledge. If you don't know anything about managing a server, these plans are for you.
Editor's note: Their score is currently based on just one review, so more feedback is required to give an accurate account of their hosting services. They did have some major issues in April 2016, deleting the contents of many servers while failing to keep promised backups. This resulted in the loss of many customer websites.
123-Reg key points
Not EIG Owned
Managed, No Root Access, Not Managed, Root Access
123-Reg VPS Hosting Review
123-reg VPS Hosting Plans - Managed & Unmanaged options
123-reg is a predominately UK-based hosting provider, and as such all their servers are based in the UK.
Unmanaged VPS Hosting
|Memory||512 MB||1 GB||2 GB||3 GB|
|Storage (HDD)||25 GB||70 GB||100 GB||150 GB|
|Operating System||Linux or Windows||Linux or Windows||Linux or Windows||Linux or Windows|
|Control Panel||cPanel (optional)||Plesk or cPanel||Plesk or cPanel||Plesk or cPanel|
Their VPS Hosting includes the following features:
- Complete control with Root access
- Choice of Linux or Windows Control Panel
- Choice of Linux distributions or Windows operating systems
- Fully customizable
- Daily backups
Fully Managed Premium Hosting
Their premium hosting is more like shared hosting in terms of ease of use, but like a VPS in terms of power. It is more expensive that the unmanaged VPS because everything is taken care of for you.
It uses container-based virtualisation technology to provide a private environment with dedicated resources for hosting your websites.
Their Managed Premium Hosting includes the following features:
- Dedicated Resources
- 99.99% Uptime Guarantee
- Load Balancing
- Fully Managed Server
- Custom 123-reg Control Panel
- One click app install (i.e. WordPress)
- Easily upgradable
- Dedicated IP
More information about 123-reg VPS plans coming soon.
In the meantime, please check out the user reviews below.
123-Reg VPS Hosting Review
Editor's Expert Opinion
Their score is currently based on just one review, so more feedback is required to give an accurate account of their hosting services. They did have some major issues in April 2016, deleting the contents of many servers while failing to keep promised backups. This resulted in the loss of many customer websites specifically on the VPS plans. Ultimately, we wouldn't feel comfortable recommending this company at the present time.
What people are saying
Find out what people are saying about 123-reg below, or alternatively, if you have experience with them yourself, feel free to leave your review.
Review type: VPS Hosting
Overall review score
In the entire time I have worked with hosting companies, I've never seen anything like them. I had to call for the 5th time today to cancel my hosting plan. The first time I tried cancelling it, I was assured it had been cancelled. However, they still charged me and took money out of my account. When I asked to get refunded, they told me since it was a direct debit that I would need to wait, since my money was still with my bank. Then I had to call them again to ask for a refund. Finally 3 days later the money showed up in my bank account. Then I was notified a week later that they had renewed my hosting, and I got an invoice. So even though I cancelled with them twice, and cancelled a direct debit to my bank, they decided to renew my hosting! Once again they took money from my account, and I had to call to request my money back again. I wanted to cancel my account since I have a VPS hosting account, so I didn't need the old hosting anymore. However, my VPS is a complete nightmare. Support is terrible, with a bunch of excuses passing the blame, and there is also a lot of downtime. 123-reg overall is a total nightmare. I wouldn't recommend them to anybody. They need to get things sorted out, since the terrible service, stress and amount of time it takes to deal with them is definitely not worth it. I'm on to my next hosting company!