ScalaHosting Review: Can you trust their giant claims to be the future of web hosting?
There’s no doubt about the fact that a website’s backbone is the hosting provider. The performance, security, traffic etc. of your website depends to a large extent on your choice of the hosting company. And this is the main reason that we may have second thoughts on choosing a lesser known web hosting company for our website that claims to offer hosting services at much cheaper prices than the giants of the industry. One such underdog in the hosting domain was ScalaHosting which grabbed eyeballs with their big claims of futuristic services at the lowest prices possible.
Are these claims reliable or is it just another marketing scam? Read on to know the truth.
What is ScalaHosting: Let’s dig deeper!!!
ScalaHosting is a lesser known US based cloud hosting that specialises in Fully Managed Cloud hosting VPS solutions at unbelievably affordable prices. They have been in the business since 2007 with their Headquarters at Dallas, Texas. They provided hosting services in about 35 cities across the globe including Dallas, New York and the EU, made possible with their integration with DigitalOcean and AWS.
ScalaHosting carved a niche in the industry for being the exclusive Joomla.org VPS partner and more importantly by creating their in-house control panel software- SPanel, comparable in quality with CPanel and WHM.
So what made ScalaHosting grow to power with over 7000,000+ websites in over 120 countries throughout the world? Let’s find out in the coming sections.
What services does ScalaHosting Offer?
No prizes for guessing that the name ‘ScalaHosting’comes from the company’s vision to make web hosting scalable to an extent like never before. Their mission is to provide secure, scalable and easy to manage hosting to literally anyone including students, enterprises, or even developers. And to cater to all their needs ScalaHosting offers mainly three types of hosting services: Shared, Managed VPS and Self-Managed VPS.
Apart from these, they also offer Reseller Hosting and Business Email Hosting keeping in mind the wide client-base.
The Shared hosting plan comes in two variants- web hosting and WordPress Hosting where even the simplest and cheapest plan comes with a whopping 20GB storage and all special features like cPanel, Free website migration, unlimited bandwidth, auto installers, SSL Certificates, backups etc.
However the key focus of ScalaHosting is the domain of VPS hosting (both Managed and Self-Managed) in which they brought a revolution by providing world-class services at the most affordable prices.
Cutting-Edge Technology by ScalaHosting
Another striking feature of ScalaHosting is its in-house R&D that builds beautiful technology without depending on 3rd party providers, the notable ones being SPAnel, SSheild and SWordPress Manager.
It is not just a replacement for the traditional control panel but is an all-in-one web hosting solution for managing cloud VPS services. Its User and Admin interface makes managing emails, spam settings, domain names, SSL certificates, databases. DNS Zones etc. all from one place much easier.
SPanel also supports some of the fastest web servers in the world like LiteSpeed Enterprise, OpenLite speed, Apache etc. ensuring that your website stays up in SE rankings and loads within seconds.SPanel also makes some other useful features possible such as Unlimited website and Email hosting, Free SSL certificate, Free Migration, Multiple php versions support etc.
It is a 100% automated built-in security system with artificial intelligence that closely watches your website in real-time 24/7/365 for any malicious behaviour and blocks 99.998% of the attacks and notifies the owner. The best part is that all of this is done automatically and does not need a virus database which has to be updated regularly with every new virus in cyberspace.
This is yet another path breaking in-house technology by ScalaHosting. It increases the convenience of managing any number of websites at a time manifolds even without any technical knowledge. With SWordPress manager you can install/remove websites with a single click, reset admin password, enable/disable updates and even add more layers of security. In the near future, they are also coming up with cloning/staging and backup and restore features.
Why consider ScalaHosting?
Scalability on demand
When you host a website on ScalaHosting sky is the limit. Even if you are a novice or small entrepreneur, you may enjoy the benefits of cloud VPS hosting by custom-building your plan and paying only for the resources you use. On the other hand, for a giant in the business, ScalaHosting upgrades resources within seconds upto 24 CPUCores, 128 GB RAM and 2000 GB SSD storage space. They even build a custom cloud cluster setup for unlimited scalability to ensure your website never outgrows their services.
ScalaHosting’s 100% SSD powered servers ensure fast and guaranteed performance of your website with 99.9% uptime guarantee. They have strategically chosen Data Centre locations at Dallas and New York in USA and Sofia in EU, and the other integrated DigitalOcean data centers spread across the world from which the website owners can wisely choose to get assured great speeds.
24/7/365 customer support by experts
ScalaHosting is well known for its award-winning customer support that is available round-the-clock via Live Chat (30 seconds response guarantee), tickets (15 minutes response guarantee), Email, phone and the Knowledge base covers almost every topic you might face an issue with such as hosting plans, billing, installing SSL certificates etc.
More commonly known as Reseller hosting, White-label hosting lets you make some extra money or to add an extra service portfolio by reselling its hosting services, bandwidth, servers etc. to other websites under your own brand name and logo.
Apart from the SSheild security discussed above, you may even run on-demand free security scans if you suspect any malware attacks, unencrypted file transfers or unauthorised accesses.
ScalaHosting also backs up your website automatically and stores the archives in a remote server which can be restored any time.
ScalaHosting offers dynamic pricing plans for both Shared and VPS hosting to suit every client, all of which come with a 30-day money back guarantee. The prices for VPS plans are especially cheaper considering the fact that with SPanel you may manage any number of hosting accounts at the same standard price. But for other companies with cPanel, the prices increase as you add more users. Moreover, VPS plans can also be customised with 100% control so that we choose what to pay for.
Shared Hosting Plans are offered in three variants as :
Mini ($3.95/month) offers only 1 website, 20 GB storage, 1 CPU Power and other standard features like Free migration, domain, SSL Certificate, CDN etc. However, there is no SShield security with this plan.
Start ($5.95/month) provides unlimited websites, 50 GB Storage, 2 X CPU power and SShield security along with other standard features.
Advanced ($9.95/month) provides unlimited websites, 100 GB Storage, 4 X CPU power, SEO analysis, Priority support and SShield security along with other standard features.
Under VPS hosting both Managed (starting at $9.95) and Self-Managed VPS (starting at $26) have four different plans: Start, Advanced, Business and Enterprise varying in their number of CPU cores, RAM and SSD storage provided.
The Final word:
ScalaHosting is an ultimate choice for any website owner especially with high visitor traffic who wants to enjoy the benefits of VPS hosting at affordable pricing, made possible with the unique SPanel.
It gives you a choice between two powerful data centres to ensure great performance and take care of all cyber security aspects with Shield.
However, we did not like the fact that their renewal rates are slightly higher than the introductory pricing, but it can be ignored considering the satisfactory services offered.