Daily.co.uk Review: Web Hosting & Cool Site Tools for UK Bloggers
We all know that, for brick and mortar stores, success heavily depends on “location, location, location.” But websites also can be affected by geography.
Take hosting. While you could generally host your blog on any server located anywhere in the world, country-specific hosting companies do exist and may be the right fit for some bloggers.
For example, take Daily.co.uk. Sometimes referred to as “Daily Internet” on the company’s website, this company specializes in UK-based top-level domains (TLDs) with the traditional .co.uk extension. So if you’re looking to launch a UK-based business, the appeal here is obvious. like WordPress hosting, a site builder, and SEO tools, all targeting UK-based bloggers and businesses. Let’s take a closer look at what this web host offers bloggers.
Starting out life first as Hostvue Ltd., then as Daily Internet PLC, the company was initially founded by Abby Hardoon in 2006. Currently, the company is based in Nottingham.
Before starting Daily.co.uk, Hardoon created and launched a number of other digital businesses including such familiar entities as 123-Reg, Magic Moments, Internet, and Host Europe. That experience was then directed into growing Daily.co.uk into a leading provider of value-based and entry-level domain and hosting services for the UK market.
Daily.co.uk’s bread and butter seem to be low-priced domain registration for UK-based consumers and businesses. The company offers tiered discounts off its already fairly low prices for multiple-year registrations.
Hosting Plans for Bloggers
In addition to domain registration, Daily.co.uk offers competitively-priced hosting packages as well as a WordPress specific plan. The standard hosting services are offered in three-tiered plans with value-based monthly pricing that’s further discounted if you pay for yearly terms upfront.
All plans include unlimited data transfers, optional SSL certificates (included in the top-level plan), and an unlimited number of 500 MB POP3/IMAP email inboxes. Each email account includes free anti-spam and anti-virus protection through the included webmail access.
You can choose which operating system you prefer for your servers as well — Linux or Windows. The exception is the WordPress plan which is only available with Linux servers.
Each plan, except the entry-level one, also includes one free .com or .co.uk domain registration, or .com transfer from an existing host.
WordPress Hosting Plan
Of special interest to WordPress and beginning bloggers who want to get started with the world’s most popular content management system is Daily.co.uk’s WordPress hosting plan.
The WordPress plan also includes one free .com or .co.uk domain registration, or .com transfer from an existing host.
300+ Free Apps for Bloggers
Bloggers will have access to a package of goodies too large to take full advantage of: over 300 apps that can be installed with one click. These apps include easy installation of content management systems like WordPress and Drupal. Most expand the functionality of your blog and include things like image galleries, discussion forums, all sorts of online marketing tools, live chat customer service tools, e-commerce tools, and much more. Browse the list of free apps here.
Site stability is crucial, so hosting infrastructure is important for bloggers. Fortunately, Daily.co.uk employs a state of the art datacenter located in London. This datacenter features an advanced fire suppression system, climate controls to maintain optimal temperature and humidity levels, and a raised floor system for environmental protection.
The datacenter also utilizes dual-filtered power feeds with multiple UPS points to make sure your website is secure and stays online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a power failure does occur, the datacenter relies on several redundant backup generators to ensure the safety of your data and files.
The company also uses multiple high-speed Tier 1 connections to maintain the speed of access to your site’s pages and data no matter where your users are connecting from around the world.
There are some references to 99.99% uptime, but there is no guarantee offered as far as we can see. You can pay extra for backups but they are not included gratis in the hosting packages.
Other Features & Services
In addition to hosting and domain registration services, Daily.co.uk’s reseller and affiliate programs offer bloggers an opportunity to open up a new revenue stream for their blog.
Reseller hosting is a popular add-on service for bloggers in the WordPress, SEO, and web development fields. It can provide a steady, recurring stream of income that’s not dependent on seasonal preferences or availability since hosting is something most users need every month.
Additionally, you can take advantage of their affiliate program. Through this program, bloggers can earn healthy commissions on sales made through their promotion of Daily.co.uk’s hosting packages.
Affiliate bloggers can use the company’s own badges and images and supplement with review or tutorial content that’s relevant to the company’s packages. When readers click on the affiliate links and make their own purchases, the referring blogger will earn a percentage of the purchase price, costing the customer nothing additional. This is an opportunity to receive something in return for the brand evangelism that you naturally engage in when you find a product you’re enthusiastic about.
If you plan on creating a blog but haven’t decided on how to create the website itself, you may be interested in Daily.co.uk’s easy DIY website builder which promises to enable you to create an “instant” site “within minutes.”
If you need assistance, Daily.co.uk uses industry-standard means of communication.
- Browseable Knowledgebase, including Help Guides and tutorials
- Technical Support Tickets. These are sent via your customer account. This is the means by which you receive 25/7/265 attention and response to issues. The max time window for resolution is 4 hours, but the company states the majority of issues are resolved in a shorter time period.
- For general customer queries, there’s an email contact form on the site.
- Reporting Abuse: If you notice something suspicious regarding network activity there’s a prominent email address listed on the contact page for reporting it.
- While the company does have Twitter and Facebook accounts, these are not used as regular avenues for customer support.
Once you sign up for service you’ll have an online “control panel” from which you can access and manage your services.
In keeping with good practice, Daily.co.uk also posts network status updates, so if you experience an issue you can check there to see if it’s already been discovered and is being resolved.
Billing and Cancellation Policies
While the company’s prices are competitive, you can secure an even deeper discount if you prepay for a term of one or more years.
The company only offers a fairly wimpy seven-day guarantee on its hosting packages. Out of the amount to be refunded if you cancel after this weeklong period, the company will deduct the value of any domain registration you acquired by signing up for its hosting.
Bottom Line for Bloggers
Is Daily.co.uk right for bloggers, whether they’re located in the UK or elsewhere? Look closely at the specific features of the various packages before you make a decision, and compare them carefully to other providers to make sure you’re getting the best value.
While low prices are great, and there aren’t many bloggers who don’t want a better deal, even “free” isn’t a good value if you’re not getting the services and benefits you need.
If you’re located in the UK, or if you’re targeting your services and products directly at UK-based consumers, you’ll probably find more to appreciate with this company’s packages and services.
Those outside the UK would probably be better served looking elsewhere in the low- to mid-priced hosting market, where a number of US-based competitors offer competitive packages with fewer restrictions at similar price points.