Established in 2003, Cyprus based BrontoBytes provides web hosting with a smile. Brontobytes offers three web hosting packages: personal, professional and business. They guarantee that regardless of which plan you are on, your website will always receive top protection and 24-hour maintenance. This is an ideal service for European users as their datacenters are based in London, United Kingdom, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany. European users, therefore, should feel more comfortable about using this service than an US based provider as they don’t need to worry about location based page speed issues. We would recommend them as an ideal service for all personal and small business users.
As noted above, Brontobytes offers three main packages: personal business and professional. The main differences between these packages fall in three areas: disk space, bandwidth and number of domains. The personal package supports 25GB of disk space, 250GB monthly bandwidth and only 1 domain. The business package is only a little better with the same disk space – 500GB monthly bandwidth and up to 5 domains. Their professional package is where we really start seeing a difference with 50GB disk space – 1,000GB of monthly bandwidth and up to 10 domains. Although it is categorized as the business package, we do not imagine for this to be enough for any mid to enterprise sized business. Some key features include:
- A full range of development tools
- Web-based file manager
- SSL manager
- MIME types
- European based servers
- Unlimited email accounts
- Unlimited parked & sub domains
- Unlimited MySQL databases
With regards to security, Brontobytes offers packages with up to 256-bit SSL encryption. Additionally, you can get dynamic site seals with a domain validation for up to 1 to 3 years. The SSL certificates are compatible with all mobile devices. This is on top of the strict security and firewall rules such as the IP deny manager tool that is protecting your site from malicious visitors.
Brontobytes has a great customer support team. They not only have live chat, but they also have 24/7 email support with up to 6 hours response time. Knowledgebase and video tutorials sections to guide you through most issues are also offered.
Ease of Use
There is absolutely no waiting time at all once payment is made. This immediate activation of domains is great as some other providers have up to a three week delay before activation. The service is extremely user friendly and you can manage multiple domains from just one account. They have pre-installed CGI scripts and update you on your site traffic with a comprehensive statistics report. They run the latest (and most stable) versions of PHP & MySQL. Additionally, they provide full MS FrontPage support and include shopping cart and supporting software so you have all the functionality you would need to support a high-end website.
Brontobytes really shines with their website building capabilities. They offer 1-click installations for over 325 applications including, WordPress, Drupal, Joolma and Magento. Additionally they offer a stylish site builder, as well as a fully featured cPanel included as part of this service.
Like almost all web hosting providers, Brontobytes guarantees 99% uptime. Since they use dual quad core servers which are both fast and powerful, this should be true. We have checked with several customer reviews and from what we can see this is consistent with what we would expect.
Brontobytes are a web host provider that Europe can be proud of. The have multiple datacenters scattered across Europe allowing for optimal page speeds. Their service has all the essential features that every small business user would need, and their customer service is there to help you ever step of the way. They offer a 30 day money back guarantee so if you are not completely happy with their service you can walk away, no harm done.