Eleven 2 is a US-based company founded in 2003 which aims to provide business and bloggers on a budget top-notch services. At first, they were entirely based in the USA, but over time, they have managed to expand to other locations such as UK and Singapore. The company takes huge pride in being financially independent from other bigger brands such as EIG (Endurance International Group) and claim to not have any plans for selling themselves out in the near and far future, which is great to know as you’ll see later on in this review.
When it comes to the actual hosting plans, they offer shared, reseller, cloud and dedicated web hosting. As a side note, it is important to be aware that regardless of what plan you choose, you will be hosted on a Linux-based system. The main difference between Linux and Windows-based systems is that the former is by far more secure and stable, whereas the latter is more user-friendly (this feature matters only if you choose dedicated hosting). Let’s break down the hosting plans for you to determine which one suits you best:
Eleven2 offer four different shared hosting plans according to your needs. Most packages can be bought on a monthly basis without having to commit to a long-term contract. Still, if you’re serious about starting off your own business, I would strongly recommend to opt for at least 1-year worth of hosting.
The S-100 plan allows you to add 10 domain names to your account, provides you 10 GB of disk space and 50 GB of monthly bandwidth. You can also purchase additional features such as SSL certificates and a dedicated IP address – for a nominal fee of course. Bear in mind that this plan cannot be bought on a monthly basis – you’ll have to commit to a long-term contract as previously mentioned.
Like the S-100, this plan offers 250 GB of disk space, 20,000 GB worth of bandwidth and unlimited domain names that can be added to your shared account;
In my honest opinion, the S-300 plan offers the best price/quality ratio available on their website. It comes packed with 500 GB of disk space and 40,000 GB of bandwidth along with the other aforementioned bonuses included in the other plans.
The pinnacle of their shared hosting plans is the S-400, which, basically, comes packed with the customary “unlimited-everything” features: 999,999 GB of disk space and 999,999 GB of bandwidth. I don’t think anyone can reach that kind of resource usage, ever. Moving on…
If you want to start your own hosting business but don’t have enough capital to buy your own servers, then the folks at Eleven2 also offer “Reseller” plans designed to help you with the painstaking process. These plans follow an almost-identical structure as the Shared Hosting plans do: it all starts with the R-100 package and scales up to the R-400 plan. Your potential customers can buy 100 GB up to 500 GB disk space and 1,000 GB bandwidth to 4,000 GB bandwidth, so there’s plenty of choice there. They provide you all the necessary tools and guides to get started as soon as possible, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost in a plethora of information right off the bat.
If you don’t want to mess with any shared hosting plans, the folks at Eleven2 offer cloud web hosting entirely based on Linux architecture. You can scale up the base plan which provides 512 MB of RAM, 30 GB of disk space, 250 GB bandwidth and CPU speed of 0,4 GHz to all the way up to 24,000 MB of RAM, 1920 GB of disk space, 12,000 GB of bandwidth and CPU speed of 19,2 GHz.
However, if you are in need of a more customizable, modern, independent and also personal hosting solution, you simply cannot go wrong with the dedicated hosting plans Eleven2 provide. What dedicated hosting basically means is that your host buys a custom server on your behalf which they manage and support in exchange for a monthly fee. With Eleven2, this cost is moderate considering the offer of rival companies, but do expect to pay at least a hundred dollars per month.
I’ve personally hosted a trial site with them before in order to see how well they perform, and I must admit that I am quite impressed by the results I got. Eleven2 promise 99.9% uptime guarantee, but during my first month of hosting the respective website with them I got 100% uptime instead! Pretty neat.
On top of that, each customer is protected by an SLA which states you get a partial refund on any plan for every hour your website is down due to a problem on their end.
Don’t worry about that yet, as online reviews suggest that Eleven2’s Texas, North Carolina, London and Singapore-based servers are top-notch and come to par with the stringent requirements of this industry.
Nothing gives a clearer idea about the quality of a service than its customer support. Eleven2’s commitment to providing all customers an unrivalled customer support experience is to be fully appreciated. They are available 24/7/365 to answer all of your questions via live chat, e-mail and phone. They also have a helpdesk forum for the more self-helping enthusiasts among you.
One feature I really liked about their plans is that all provide a free versatile site builder to help rookies get started with their online venture(s) as soon as possible. If you’re into more “concrete” things, you can also unrestrainedly make use of the one-click install Softaculous software available via the cPanel control panel provided in the box. If I were you, I’d choose the latter definitely.
I can personally vouch for their shared hosting plans – they are indeed of outstanding quality. Still, you would be better off testing the waters yourself beforehand before making any knee-jerk decision, especially if you plan on purchasing a superior plan. You are backed up by their impressive 60-day money back guarantee though, so fret not… you will have your money back in no time if their services do not arouse your interest.
If your websites’re currently hosted at Eleven 2, please tell us your experience with Eleven 2 on the comment session below. Thank you!