Guru.co.uk, founded by UKDedicated Ltd in 2002, is a LiteSpeed-powered managed cPanel web host.
They’re a true cloud host, which means your website is not reliant on a single server.
What does this mean exactly?
In simple terms, in the event of a hardware failure with a server in their network, your website would not go down. This is because their hardware is spread across multiple web servers, so if one fails, another takes over. Take a football game as an example; if a player is injured during a game, the game does not end, instead, the player is replaced with another player and the game continues.
So how good is Guru?
Since joining Guru back in 2018, I have not looked at another cPanel host again.
This is because the level of service, uptime and support received has been excellent and judging by the feedback on Trustpilot, I am not the only one to think so.
Guru’s Trustpilot score is Excellent. This is based on 338 customer reviews at the time of writing.
Guru isn’t the biggest of web hosts, but they pack a punch. Their high-performance servers coupled with LiteSpeed, are enough to put some of the biggest names in the industry to shame. GoDaddy anyone?
Their plans include pretty much everything you would expect from a cPanel host but without the free email. Guru only includes email mailboxes in their reseller plans, but you can add email as an add-on for an extra £5 per month.
You can easily transition from standard to boosted to semi-dedicated accounts, and the speeds are excellent. Their service is ideal for WordPress and WooCommerce sites, and even better when used with the LiteSpeed cache plugin.
All plans include a generous 100GB of disk space, unlimited domains, free daily backups, free SSL, one-click apps and account boosters. Each account also benefits from 1GB RAM and up to 60% of 1 CPU Core.
How good is Guru support?
The average support response time has been between 15-25 minutes, which is relatively good.
They have dealt with all my support requests to date, but I don’t think I have really put their technical abilities to the test as most of my support requests have been related to the opening of ports and adding additional domains that were not going to use GURU’s own DNS.
Overall I am satisfied with the level of support provided; and as long as support response times remain under the one-hour mark, I will remain content.
Is Guru expensive?
Guru is a managed cPanel host so they are a little more expensive than other cPanel web hosts. Their starter plan (Share Cloud) starts at £4.99 and increases to £9.99 if you want to include email.
Let’s take a look at their current plans and pricing.
Unlimited Domains – No Email – 100GB Disk Space – 1000GB Bandwidth
Introductory price: £1.00 renews at £4.99 per month
Shared Boost Cloud
Double Processor and Memory – No Emal – 100GB Disk Space – 1000GB Bandwidth
Introductory price: £1.00 renews at £9.99 per month
Shared Cloud Pro (Semi-Dedicated)
Quadruple Processor and Memory – No Emal – 100GB Disk Space – 4000GB Bandwidth – Hourly Backups
Introductory price: £1.00 renews at £29.99 per month
cPanel/WHM – Boost On-Demand – 100GB Disk Space – 2000GB Bandwidth – Unlimited Email Mailboxes – Four-hourly Backups
Introductory price: £1.00 renews at £14.99 per month
Reseller Cloud Pro
4x Memory vs. Standard Reseller – cPanel/WHM – Dedicated IP – 100GB Disk Space – 2000GB Bandwidth – Unlimited Email Mailboxes – Hourly Backups
Introductory price: £1.00 renews at £49.99 per month
Where are Guru servers located?
Guru servers are located in Hemel Hamstead, UK.
Guru Pros and Cons
Perfect for WordPress and WooCommerce websites.
Green hosting – Guru is a registered green hosting provider.
You can pay £1 to try their service.
100% uptime guarantee.
UK based support.
No data centres in Europe or the US.
No email is included on standard accounts.
What about Guru uptime?
From January 2021 to October 4 2021 Guru's uptime was 100%.
In summary, Guru’s main features:
- 100% uptime guarantee on all hosting plans
- Solid State Drives NVMe SSD/Flash Storage
- Malware scanner
- Around-the-clock support
- LiteSpeed Servers
- LiteSpeed Cache
- Daily, 4-hourly and hourly backups
- Account boosters
- 1-click install for popular web apps like WordPress
- Free WordPress staging
- Free WordPress migrations
If you are looking for a high-performance professional cPanel host that can also give you that extra peace of mind by knowing that your website will be safe, secure and online at all times then Guru is a perfect choice.