Best Reseller Hosting UK
UK reseller hosting reviews from a web agency’s perspective
Because the majority of people landing on this page are web designers in the process of scaling their business through reseller hosting, we’ll come at it from that angle.
As we’re a web agency ourselves with a LOT of hosting accounts (we have a lot of side-projects and like to experiment), we’ve already done the research and chose our own top 5 of the best reseller hosting companies for the UK.
We mainly focused on web hosts offering reseller accounts that include both cPanel and WHM (but more on that later).
Side-note: Our #1 has a pretty big discount running, grab it while it lasts!
We’ve done the analysis, reseller hosting reviews & comparisons so you don’t have to, resulting in a list of the best reseller hosting providers for the UK. The table below gives you a handy overview of – in our opinion – the top 5 reseller hosts, sorted by rating, detailing the cost/mo, & their best features.
|Web Hosting Company||Overall Rating||Price/mo.||Features||Disk Space||# of accounts||Servers world-wide||Optimised for WordPress||Website|
|£10.20 (was £15.45)||Anytime Money Back Guarantee, Free SSL + servers in Amsterdam (Great speed for UK sites) = no-brainer!||30GB||40||Grab Your Discount|
|£8.99||Great performance, free 1-click SSL installation, global reach, unlimited accounts||20 GB||Unlimited||View Their Plans|
|$19.95||Super green, Unlimited disk space, Amsterdam data centre||Unlimited||10||View Their Plans|
|£33.98||Local company, Unlimited disk space||Unlimited||100||View Their Plans|
|$290 (N/A on-site for the Agency program)||Expert WP support, super high-end, very fast servers.||Unlimited||15||View Their Plans|
A few of the sites we’ve been featured on:
Best UK Reseller Hosting – Reviews April 2021
Disk Space: 30GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets
A2 Hosting is definitely the king here. They’re a US-based company but have a variety of blazing fast servers world-wide, including in Amsterdam, which makes speed a non-issue for UK sites (even blows a lot of the UK based competition out of the water)!
Add to that an anytime money-back guarantee, 24/7/365 support, and free site migrations… it’s truly a no-brainer!
Their plans start at only £10.20/mo (was £15.45) for 40 accounts and 30GB of storage!
Disk Space: 20 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets
SiteGround is an all-star when it comes to WordPress, they’re even officially recommended by WordPress themselves. Their hosting setup offers very fast and reliable hosting, and we absolutely love them for hosting individual sites.
Their plans also come with a host of cool features like an incredibly efficient security system, automated back-ups, and free SSL (very important for e-commerce sites).
They’ve recently switched to unlimited accounts for only £8.99/mo, which is a lot better then how they used to operate with a complex credit system. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with SiteGround!
Disk Space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets
GreenGeeks is one of the companies you just know is doing everything right, they’ve seen a massive growth since they went live in 2008. What we really like about them is that they’re putting their energy consumption back 3 times into the grid through wind energy, pretty impressive!
As far as reseller hosting goes, they’re very reliable, have a fast data centre in Amsterdam, and offer unlimited disk space on their reseller plans (though keep in mind that your # of accounts is still limited).
Their cheapest reseller plan starts at $19.95/mo for 10 accounts.
Price: £33.98 (+20% VAT)
Disk Space: Unlimited Disk Space
Support: Phone, Live Chat, TicketsView Their Plans
With over a decade in hosting experience, they’re one of the go-to web hosting providers in the UK.
They’ve got everything you need… massive data centres in Slough, 24/7/365 around the clock support, and high-performance cloud hosting & “hybrid” solutions… if you want to go local, these are the guys to go with!
Their basic reseller plan can host up to 100 domains and has unlimited disk space, which is quite impressive.
Their best plan starts at £33.98 (+20% VAT)
Disk space: N/A
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets
WP Engine has been the standard for high-end quality managed WP hosting for quite some time now, hence why we’re mentioning them on the list. I’m not oging to start listing all the features that come with their services as we’ll be here a while… but it pretty much includes everything you can think of, from SSLs to blazing fast server setups, CDN, expert WP support, to great security, automated updates, and much more.
That being said, what definitely holds them back for resellers is their pricing… there isn’t one. You have to apply for their Agency program to get the info.
If you check their regular pricing outside of the agency program, it’s $290/mo for 15 sites, which is very pricey, but then again, they are very very very good at what they do.
UK Reseller Hosting: Digging Deeper
What is Reseller Hosting?
When one company, the hosting provider, decides to rent their bandwidth and hard drive space to another smaller business who then goes on to rent that space to a third-party smaller business, this is reseller web hosting. Essentially, it is providing your own clients with hosting as if you are the website hosting company yourself.
This is a very common practice in the UK for designers and website developers who are looking to brand themselves with additional services, like UK web hosting, as well as with entrepreneurs who are aspiring to create their own business web hosting.
Things to Look Out for when Researching Reseller Hosting:
One of the more slippery aspects of getting your plan up and running is figuring out how much you can spend on it (and no, there’s no free UK web hosting available for resellers). When you are first starting out, it might seem like the best course of action to simply look for the cheapest plan – this isn’t necessarily your ideal option. Everyone has their own individual needs, so the best plan for you will depend on several different factors such as how much server space you want to sell and how much you are planning on charging starting clients.
When working this out, it is generally recommended to give larger clients around 10Gb of space, medium clients around 3Gb, and the smaller ones only really need around 1Gb. Fortunately, space tends to be a bigger hassle than bandwidth limitations.
Proper amounts of bandwidth are fairly common to find in UK hosting companies, which is why disk space is what you should be watching for. This will be a major deciding factor when you determine the number of clients that your reseller hosting plan can handle (definitely if you’re hosting a lot of e-commerce sites), although the number of accounts allowed is also important.
cPanel is a control panel that is the basic industry standard, and with Web Host Manager (WHM), users are able to manage cPanel accounts and create new ones when they need to. This is why it is important for UK reseller hosts to have WHM – with this, they are able to set limitations, set up packages, view usage statistics, downgrade or upgrade accounts, and much more. The easier the account management system being used, the simpler the overall job will be. Even the basic plans should include this.
Every bit of information on the internet is being physically hosted at a location somewhere. Generally, it is best to keep your server location in the same country as the clients you cater to – if they are in the UK, look for a server within the country. There are cheaper plans available overseas, and these can sometimes be very viable options; however, something to keep in mind with these value plans is that the quality of customer support may be much lower than you’d hope for.
The amount of time that a server remains online and running is the uptime. If the uptime is too spotty, whoever is visiting the website will immediately leave the page and find a competitor whose site works more efficiently. When shopping for a plan and finding ones that offer 99.9% uptime, just do some additional research to make sure that their reports are accurate as this is not a category that you want to skimp on.
High-quality customer support is very important in this industry because, without fail, something will always go wrong when you least expect it. Whether it is a surprise episode of down-time or a bandwidth issue, the last thing you want to do is not be able to access customer support because they don’t offer 24/7 assistance or, possibly worse, deal with customer support that actually isn’t helpful at all.
One of the areas that you want to check off for a good level of customer service is 24/7 live chat and phone support. If you decide on the cheapest hosting company out there, obviously the support level will be lacking quite a bit.
Number of Allowed Accounts
The number of clients that you are able to get set up is another important factor in selecting a hosting plan. A lot of the time, this is partially dependent on the amount of space you have as you have to split it up amongst your clients and make sure that they have enough space to run their respective sites. For example, you could invest in a plan that offers more clients but less space for each client, such as one with a maximum of 25 accounts with 50Gb total, which would give each client 2Gb.
Finding a nice balance between the number of accounts and allotment of space can be tricky, but once you figure out what your goal is it is simple to proceed to the next step.
A few other features to keep an eye out for include:
- RAM – at least 500mb, but 1Gb is recommended
- Disk IO – a good number to look for is 2mb per second
- CPU – how many cores do you need and how many does it have?
- Server Speed – how fast is it, SSD or LiteSpeed?
- Daily Backups – crucial for security purposes
Being able to easily install WordPress and Joomla is also very helpful, although these should already come with the Cpanel package. If budget limitations aren’t an issue for you, a powerful VPS can be incredibly helpful for the security of your server. Another expensive feature that is worth it if you have the money to spend is investing in a dedicated server.