Advanced users will be glad to note that eUKHost’s Linux packages come with all the standard features, such as support for Perl, Python, Ruby and multiple versions of PHP, along with instant access to Cloudfare for boosting your site performance, pre-installed CGI scripts, and cron jobs for automated task scheduling.
You’ll also have access to SSH access, IP blocking, and GnuPG encryption.
So far, so good for users who need those tools, but what about those of you looking for a fast, simple way to launch a great looking website?
One-Click installations and applications
As per the industry norm, the company’s cPanel hosting comes complete with Softaculous, a powerful tool which provides installation of top applications, Content Management Systems and software.
With Softaculous, you’ll have instant access to the ‘Big Three’ CMS platforms (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal), along with a wealth of smaller website building tools including:
And a host of others.
Drag and drop website editor
Whereas some leading web hosts will bundle a free drag-and-drop website editor into their shared hosting plans in an effort to provide better value for money, eUKhost follows the model used by the likes of 123-Reg in that, whilst it does offer this kind of website builder, it does so as a stand-alone package.
The company’s platform of choice is Amazing.Website which, sadly, isn’t all that amazing.
Plans range from £4.99 p/m for a simple five page, 10GB plan up to a £14.99 Enterprise solution with unlimited pages, storage and email.
These prices are on a par with other sitebuilders, and actually a little cheaper than industry leader Weebly.com, but I think it’s fair to say that you get what you pay for with Amazing.Website.
The pre-designed templates, whilst not exactly terrible, do leave an awful lot to be desired. Most templates follow a similar formula -header, slider, content- and seem to be based on popular WordPress templates without actually delivering the same kind of quality as you’d get with that CMS.
I gave Amazing.Website a trial run, and found that whilst it wasn’t difficult to use once you got it into it (those building their first website should find it pretty straightforward), the actual interface was terribly buggy and slow to load, and frequently timed out.
If you are looking to use a simple drag-and-drop editor to build your website, I wouldn’t recommend eUKhost and Amazing.Website. Instead, you might be better paying a little extra for Weebly.com itself or, if you want the benefit of additional hosting features, iPage Essentials, which comes with Weebly bundled in.