2019 October 2nd
Leaseweb is not your ordinary hosting provider. It's a provider, offering infrastructure-as-a-service and Cloud solutions - but also including simple services, such as domain registrations and cloud hosting. With so many services under its belt, can this provider do all of them well?
In this Leaseweb review, we'll see how good this company really is.
What Is Leaseweb?
Leaseweb is a company offering a very impressive selection of online products - some of them are meant for personal users, while others are meant for strictly enterprise purposes.
The services offered are as follows:
- Dedicated Servers
- Cloud Solutions
- VPS Hosting
- Shared Linux Web Hosting
- Shared Windows Web Hosting
- WordPress Hosting
- Domain Name Registration
- Content Delivery Network (CDN) Services
So - there's plenty. But in order to dive deep and get a good overall look at Leaseweb, we're going to focus on one kind - shared hosting services.
Leaseweb offers 4 shared hosting plans: S (starting at $3.99/month), M ($6.49/month), L ($8.99/month), and XL ($15.49/month).
Overall, these prices are looking pretty good.
Here are the plans in question:
- Small - $3.99 per month, 1 website, 250MB of disk space, 250 email accounts
- Medium - $6.49 per month, 5 websites, 1GB of disk space, 250 email accounts
- Large - $8.99 per month, 10 websites, 5GB of disk space, 250 email accounts
- Extra Large - $15.49 per month, 50 websites, 10 GB of disk space, 250 email accounts
However, there's one thing to notice - there are no monthly plans available. You'll only be able to sign up for a year, and yes - you'll have to pay for everything in advance.
As we can see, the S plan will cost you $47.88 in the long run. But we wouldn't recommend buying it anyway. 250MB of disk space? Well, keep in mind, that usually, a WordPress installation with some plugins, themes, and an average database takes up approximately 1GB of disk storage.
With 250MB you can have some basic CMS and 2 emails from grandma - just hope that the animated holiday photos won't be too big. Therefore, most users would have to choose the M plan - and pay nearly $80.
Plans in More Detail
Before we go any further in this Leaseweb review, let’s see each of the four plans in more detail. This will help us understand what is offered, which option might be the best for us and if the stats stack up to other hosting options that are available.
|How many domains are allowed?||1||5||10||50|
|Customer support||Live Chat, Phone, Email||Live Chat, Phone, Email||Live Chat, Phone, Email||Live Chat, Phone, Email|
|Choice of server location||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free automated back-ups||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Now that we know the details, what do these details translate to in terms of performance? Let’s see.
Leaseweb Review - Performance
With all of the information above, you can clearly see what you get when you purchase one of the Leaseweb services, but what does it mean regarding service? Are the servers going to be fast? Will you get the speed you need to keep up with the Google Mobile First algorithm update?
Well, during our worldwide response time test, it looks like the answer is "no".
The hosting speed was less than impressive and actually was pretty horrible. There are plenty of other web hosting companies available that can offer you faster speeds and they don’t cost as much money.
Now, let's have a look at some of the best things about Leaseweb. Here are the main advantages of this massive platform:
Massive selection of products
Some providers are content with offering only shared hosting - maybe adding some domains registrations on top if they're feeling generous. Well - Leaseweb takes the opposite route. Out of all the hosts reviewed, it has by far the most products to choose from.
Put it this way - you can grow from a one-person operation into a global enterprise without having to change your provider once. A big selection of services means that your project is futureproofed.
99.999% Uptime Guarantee
Leaseweb is feeling pretty company - as the company offers a very bold 99.999% uptime guarantee. This means that your website would only be down for 5 minutes a year.
And here's the thing.
It delivers. Not once during the testing period, the server had been down. This is pretty impressive - obviously.
If your visitors are worldwide, your hosting should be as well. With 9 locations in the US, and 1 location each in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney, Leaseweb has a massive worldwide presence. It's one of the bigger worldwide presences of all providers that we've reviewed.
But every rose has its thorn - the same way Leaseweb is not a perfect hosting provider. Here are some of its problems:
No Money Back Guarantee
Any company that doesn’t have some sort of money back guarantee raises eyebrows. Most companies have at least a 30-day money back guarantee to ease customer concerns. Not only that, there are customer reviews that have shown charges for canceling the Leaseweb services. Overall, it seems that the cancellation and refunding process still needs a lot of tweaking.
For a company with such incredible infrastructure, its shared hosting services are simply...lacking. Maybe it's the server optimization - maybe it's a 2nd rate service being put in a 3rd rate server. The takeaway is simple - if you're looking for super fast shared hosting, you might be better off choosing a company that specializes in it.
As we noted earlier, there is no option where you can buy month to month. Even though they list hosting prices by the month, the only option is annual payment for hosting. They simply break down the yearly price and divide it by months to make it look less expensive.
Leaseweb Review - Final Thoughts
During this Leaseweb review, I've come to one basic conclusion - this company offers a lot of brilliant services, and perhaps that is the reason why its shared hosting seems to be treated as an afterthought. Underpowered, lacking resources, and expensive, Leaseweb shared hosting simply isn't good enough to go up against a lot of competitors.
That being said - with such infrastructure and experience, Leaseweb can absolutely shine. And this shared hosting can be just one step away from greatness. We'll keep our eyes peeled and see it how it does - but for now, if you're looking for best web hosting, I suggest picking something else.
- 99.999% uptime
- Fast customer support
- Massive selection of services
- Concerning billing practices
- Subpar Performance
- Only 12-month plan available