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Host Europe Group is now part of GoDaddy EMEA

Thank you for visiting HEG.com. From April 2017, HEG and GoDaddy have joined forces to better serve small businesses and web experts around the world. More than 16 million customers depend on HEG and GoDaddy to help them build powerful online identities and turn their ideas into reality. Together, the companies will deliver even more value to customers and introduce innovative solutions to help their ventures succeed.

GoDaddy’s mission is to give its customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. GoDaddy will also now lead the World Hosting Days and NamesCon brands and conferences. GoDaddy will continue to operate both conferences independently and will invest in their continued growth.

Customers of HEG’s brands, including 123 Reg, Heart Internet, Domain Factory, Host Europe, Paragon Group, Server4You, and Serverloft, can continue to contact customer support and access their services as they’ve always done.

The HEG brand will be replaced by the GoDaddy brand moving forward. HEG will continue to operate in its current locations.

If you would like more information about GoDaddy, please visit www.godaddy.com


The History of HEG at a Glance

How did we get here?

  • 1997

    Webfusion and Host Europe GmbH begins trading

  • 1998

    PlusServer launches

  • 2000

    123 Reg launches

  • 2001

    DomainFactory begins trading

  • 2004

    Pipex buys Host Europe

  • 123 Reg becomes UK's number 1 registrar

  • Heart Internet launches

  • 2008

    Pipex bought by Oakley Capital

  • 2009

    Webfusion Ltd formed to make up part of Host Europe Group

  • Webfusion becomes one of the first UK web hosts to offer Microsoft Windows 2008 web hosting

  • 2009 HEG opens £2.5m data centre facility in Leeds, UK

  • t3n Magazine awards DomainFactory reseller service

  • 123 Reg reaches 2 million domain names landmark

  • 2010

    Host Europe Group bought by Montagu / Host Europe Group acquires Dynamic Net / Host Europe Group acquires Vanager

  • Webfusion ranked in The Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100

  • DomainFactory celebrates 10th anniversary

  • 123 Reg passes 500,000 customers

  • 2011

    Host Europe Group buys Heart Internet

  • Heart Internet voted 'Best Shared Hosting' in UK Internet Awards

  • DomainFactory passes 150,000 customers

  • Host Europe GmbH receives 'Trusted Cloud' certificate from TUV

  • 2012

    123 Reg launches ground-breaking new Virtual Private Server Product (VPS)

  • 123 Reg passes 3m domain names under management

  • Host Europe Group marks 15 years

  • Host Europe Group buys RedCoruna / Host Europe Group acquires Mesh Digital Ltd / Dynamic Net re-brands to Host Europe Suisse

  • Host Europe GmbH named in leaders quadrant in Experton Group's Cloud Vendor

  • 2013

    Host Europe Group bought by Cinven / Host Europe Group acquires Telefonica Online Services and DomainFactory

  • Host Europe brands begin launch of new gTLD's

  • DomainFactory passes 1m domain names under management

  • 123 Reg passes 750,000 customers

  • 2014

    Host Europe Group completes first phase of it's 'state-of-the-art' data centre re-fit in Leeds

  • DomainFactory reaches 5/5 star rating from Trust Pilot and launches 136 new TLDs

  • 123 Reg becomes largest provider of the new .london domain name

  • Host Europe Group acquires Sign-up.to / Host Europe Group becomes HEG

  • 2015

    HEG acquires intergenia AG. HEG passes 100,000 new TLDs under management

  • DomainFactory celebrates 15th anniversary, serving over 200,000 customers and more than 1.3m domain names under management

  • 123 Reg becomes largest provider of the new .wales/.cymru domain names

  • HEG acquires Paragon Internet Group

  • 2016

    Plusserver acquire MCS Computersyteme and OpenIT

  • Paragon Group UK acquires 5quidhost, Webfaction, Dataflame, Elastichosts, Mr Site, Freezone and the Domain and Shared Hosting customers of Daily Internet

  • World Hosting Days acquires Namescon; the global domain name event based in North America

  • 2017

    GoDaddy acquires HEG



GoDaddy EMEA focuses on two hosting divisions: Mass and Managed. These two business divisions operate independent of each other. As such, they each have separate customers, individual systems, and operate in separate locations. More information can be found about Mass and Managed below.

Mass Hosting has helped make millions of business ideas a reality

The Mass Hosting team focuses on a large number of businesses who require easily accessible and automated tools to manage and grow their presence online. We understand our customers’ needs and deliver them the tools for success, backing this up with industry-leading local customer support when they need it.

We believe that succeeding online should be achievable for all. That is why we have focused our brands; 123 Reg in the UK and DomainFactory in Germany on products and services that enable less technical customers to grow their business.

Our second team focuses on customers who want to build their web presence themselves. These customers may be web developers, designers/resellers or technically adept business owners. We provide them the right tools for the job. Our brands, Host Europe in Germany, and Heart Internet in the UK focus on products and services from domain names, professional web hosting, software-as-a-service products and virtualised server environments tailored to our customer’s needs.

Within this division, we also have our special interest international hosting brands: Server4you and Serverloft.


Heart Internet
Heart Internet
Domain Factory
Domain Factory
Host Europe
Host Europe
World Hosting Days
World Hosting Days
Paragon Internet Group
Paragon Internet Group

Managed Hosting

PlusServer is the market leader for Managed Hosting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
PlusServer provides the technological benefits that come with being one of Germany’s Managed Hosting leading companies: reliability, security, dependability; alongside the benefits of a personal approach with 24/7 expert to expert customer support, alongside a clear understanding of customer needs. PlusServer, together with its partners, to take into account all infrastructures – directly at the customer’s site (on premises), in PlusServer data centres (Managed Hosting and Cloud) or Microsoft (Azure Germany).
In ten data centres with the highest security standards, seven of which are located in Germany, PlusServer currently hosts over 5,000 corporate clients from 52 countries. PlusServer has created both special hosting solutions for online shop systems as well as flexible, cloud-based outsourcing solutions.
With thousands of enterprise customers, PlusServer offers fully customisable cloud hosting solutions matched with the highest performance and availability.


Data Centres


Behind every website and web service sits a data centre. That is why it is critical that businesses are backed by a reliable and secure infrastructure from a provider they can trust. We take this commitment incredibly seriously and understand the importance of a first-class service coupled with an assurance of transparent accountability. We run and control 9 state of the art facilities across Europe and USA.

Data Centres location map


We build our Data Centres with our customers in mind. This means your business is part of a highly secure network infrastructure and as such our systems aren’t reliant on third party solutions. This means we are able to maintain complete control over the service that we offer our customers.

We invest in expert technicians to staff our Data Centres, 24/7, every day of the year. Our onsite personnel deploy the toughest security measures including ultra-strict access control, extensive CCTV coverage and online firewall protection. All of our state-of-the-art Data Centre facilities are fully equipped with advanced fire detection and suppression systems, which keep our customers data 100% secure, even in the event of a disaster beyond our control.

Our facility in Cologne has been certified with a 4 and 5 eco Data Centre Star Audit for highest quality and security. Our Leeds facility is one of the most energy efficient Data Centres in the UK, and our Tier 3 facility in Strasbourg, boasts an impressive PUE rating of 1.18, making it one of the most economical and reliable sites in Europe.


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Latest news from HEG

GoDaddy Inc. Announces Sale Of PlusServer


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — GoDaddy Inc. (GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of the PlusServer business to funds advised by BC Partners, for an enterprise value of €397 million ($456 million USD). As part of the transaction, PlusServer will […]

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Host Europe Group (HEG). GoDaddy is now a market leader in Europe for small business cloud services.   “GoDaddy and HEG share a common mission of […]

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Tens of thousands of online businesses in the UK who handle credit card details have no internet security measures, new research reveals


20% of e-commerce websites aren’t aware of what security measures are in place 10% have taken no website security precautions 50% don’t have a plan in place if they were hacked 123 Reg urge small business owners to consider their website security A survey by 123 Reg, the UK’s largest website provider, has found that […]

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New Year’s resolutions see surge in new business websites


British entrepreneurs are up to 10% more likely to start a business in January than any other month Website registrations in the first week of January are growing by 20% year on year Trends predict January 2017 will see highest number of new business website registrations yet Record numbers are expected to register their new […]

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 06. Dezember 2016 – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), die weltweit größte Cloud-Plattform für Kleinunternehmer, hat eine Vereinbarung zur Übernahme der Host Europe Group (HEG) unterzeichnet. Der Kaufpreis beträgt €1,69 Mrd. (US$1,79 Mrd.), einschließlich €605 Mio. für die veräußernden Gesellschafter und €1,08 Mrd. an übernommenen Finanzverbindlichkeiten. Die Transaktion wurde von dem Verwaltungsrat von GoDaddy […]

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GoDaddy is looking to hire a talented Paid Search Professional, to be based either in our Hayes (West London) or Nottingham offices. With a starting salary of £36k plus great benefits, working with market leading products and services, this is an excellent opportunity to grow your career and work within an industry-leading tech company. GoDaddy’s […]

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GoDaddy is looking to hire a Marketing Account Coordinator to join our successful and growing 123 Reg Online Experts team based in Woking, Surrey. With a starting salary of £20k plus great benefits, this is an ideal entry-level position for someone with a degree or equivalent qualification in marketing or business studies. This is an […]

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