This isn’t a classic hosting review. It’s just my notes on the pros, cons and specifics of Brixly.uk hosting provider (my affiliate link).
Table Of Contents (T.O.C.):
- Who is Brixly?
- Problems starting
- Technical stuff
- Account resources – CloudLinux LVE limits
- Technical support
- Conclusion and recommendation
1. Who is Brixly?
No idea. Their website shows no info on which and whose servers they are using, which company provides them with bandwidth, nor who the owner is. However, my favourite sys-admin, Miguel (the owner of MyW.pt hosting) worked there for a while and I heard nothing bad about Brixly. Likewise, Ympker from LowEndSpirit forum had a good experience with Brixly.
So you could call my research: “monkey see, monkey do.” 🙂
On a more serious note: Brixly is a relatively small family-owned company from England. They’ve been in the business since 2018. Their motto is: “independent, honest and reliable.” They seem to be specialized in the reseller market, though they also offer “WordPress hosting” that looks very promising on paper (haven’t tried that).
2. Problems starting
From the very start, I had problems with signup. It got stuck, and wouldn’t take me to the payment page. I’ve tried several times, from two different browsers – no success. The guys from Brixly swear it’s never happened before.
After several attempts and support chat (very patient and willing to help), I finally tried to create an account first, and then order hosting from an existing account. That worked. Woohoo! 🙂
They are using a payment processor I hadn’t tried before (worldpay.com). After having ordered and paid for hosting, I got passwords for DirectAdmin and the payment processor in plain text emails. Of course I changed the passwords right away, though the payment processor sent the wrong instructions, so here I’m placing a link for changing those passwords.
I also had a problem configuring DirectAdmin backups. Tech. support fixed that instantly. 🙂
Knowledge base and instructions require you to have enough knowledge and experience in order to figure it all out (fortunately, I have those).
Rant over, now the good stuff:
3. Technical stuff
Personal notes for the stuff that wasn’t clear enough in the knowledge base.
The customer control panel is well made. It provides a tool for an easy website or email migration to Brixly. Lovely. 🙂
Yes, SSH is available, which makes a lot of jobs easier. I’ve enabled it by enabling it for the user packages from within DirectAdmin, and by whitelisting my IP address from the hosting customer control panel.
I used DirectAdmin account username and password, with port 22.
CloudLinux, JetBackup (30-day backup retention), LiteSpeed – and all the other standard bells and whistles are there. Cool.
No Redis or Memcached – perhaps with a good reason (see this LowEndTalk forum discussion, starting from the linked post). Having said that, Redis does improve WordPress performance to a degree – but see chapter 5. 🙂
4. Account resources – CloudLinux LVE limits
- vCPU: 2 “cores” (200%)
- I/O: 50 MB/s
- IOPS: 1024
- Entry processes: 30
- Total processes: 100
- RAM: 2 GB
Roughly double the industry standard in terms of CPU and even RAM. Sweet. 🙂
Another super-neat thing is that for about $7 per month, per one DirectAdmin sub-account, you can get double RAM, Entry processes and vCPU. This is practical because you can host more resource-demanding sites under your reseller account for easier management (not having to order separate high-resource shared hosting accounts).
This all looks good on paper, but what about the “real-world” usage? Well, Brixly is faster than HostMantis! Which makes it officially the fastest reseller hosting I’ve used.
For anyone interested, these are my hosting performance testing methods.
Stability? Here are my uptime stats, where you can see for yourself.
Security? As far as I could tell, quite good.
6. Technical support
They’re Brits, so what could I expect? Polite, competent, and riding on the wrong side of the road.
They respond quickly, solve problems, without an attitude that makes you feel like a client #490293.
The prices are low. See for yourself on their website (using my affiliate link 🙂 ).
If the performance and stability remain as good (I’ll know in a few months time), $14 per month for reseller hosting is cheap. Other hosting packages are also quite affordable.
8. Conclusion and recommendation
I’m very happy for now – top class service at a bargain price. Still, I’ll give it a few more months before making any “final conclusions” – and of course, I’ll keep updating this article for as long as I’m using the service, as is the case with all of my hosting reviews.
This website is now hosted with Brixly, and if all is OK, in 2022, I could start slowly moving the other sites over. 🙂
Now is the time to add my affiliate link again – yachts won’t pay for themselves! 🙂