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Scala Hosting Review

A wide range of affordable hosting options with a 30-day money-back guarantee.


Scala Hosting (Scalable Hosting) labels itself as cheap web hosting. It offers shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, as well as domains and SSL certificates. All of their web hosting plans (apart from the Mini plan) include unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

Web Hosting

All of Scala Hosting’s web hosting plans include a 99.9% uptime guarantee. I always look for the type of guarantee a web host offers – believe it or not, some don’t guarantee uptime! Their servers are SSD powered meaning performance will be noticeably better than HDD.

You’ll find all plans include cPanel, Weebly website builder, and 1-click installs absolutely free. Granted, lots of web hosts include these features, but it’s always reassuring to see! Free migration support is offered too, so if you’re moving from a different web host, Scala Hosting can transfer your files for you.

If for some reason you’re not happy with all of that, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee – I’m finding it hard to complain about much here!

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting plans with Scala Hosting are setup immediately. Unlike some hosts, your account is ready to go from the moment of payment. As I briefly touched on earlier, aside from the Mini plan, all other options include unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

That means that you’ll never be in a situation where your run out of space. You won’t have to worry that your changes won’t be made, or emails won’t be sent. On top of this, your plan will include a firewall to block potential attacks to your website.

Mini Start Advanced E-Commerce
Web Space 10 GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Websites Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
FREE Domain For Life No No Yes Yes
FREE SEO Analysis Worth $49 No No Yes Yes
Suitable for (daily visits) ~3000 ~5000 ~9000 ~12000
CPU resources 3% 5% 9% 12%
RAM resources 3% 5% 9% 12%
Emails per hour 500 500 750 1000
Price $3.95 $4.95 $8.95 $13.95

Although all plans include unlimited bandwidth, there is still a suggested number of monthly visitors. This relates to the amount of RAM/CPU usage, which will be flagged if your account is over the limit.

All accounts will include unlimited emails, domains, SpamAssassin, free daily/weekly backups, and more. In all honesty, I’m really pleasantly surprised by what’s on offer – even with the $3.95 Mini plan!

Scala Hosting’s shared plans are placed on high performing servers. You don’t get better technology just because you pay more which I like! You’ll receive the latest quad core Intel CPU’s 3.2 Ghz (minimum), at least 16GB RAM, SSD, 100mbit/s connectivity, and 24/7 monitoring.

WordPress Hosting

I want to touch on Scala Hosting’s WordPress hosting plan. A lot of web hosts offer 1-click installs, allowing users to install WordPress to their web hosting. However, not all hosts offer WordPress specific hosting. In 2018, 30% of the internet is using WordPress!

WP Mini WP Start WP Advanced WP E-Commerce
Web Space 10 GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Free Migration of 1 website 2 websites 5 websites 8 websites
One-click Installer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free SEO tools Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free malware scans Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free CDN Yes Yes Yes Yes
SpeedBoost Cacher Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Updates Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pro WP Security Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fully Managed No Yes Yes Yes
Free SEO analysis No No Yes Yes
Free domain with annual plan No No Yes Yes
Priority Support No No No Yes
Free RapidSSL with annual plan No No No Yes

At the same price as the shared hosting plans, it’s a no-brainer choosing a WordPress hosting plan if you’re actually using WordPress. The features included, even in the lower end plans are very comprehensive. I’m going to cover a couple of these features in more detail.

CDN: Content delivery network (CDN) delivers information, files, data, etc. from the server to your website and vice versa. The importance of a CDN is that the delivery is fast. It’s not always possible to choose a data center in the right location, so a CDN like CloudFlare is a real bonus.

Automatic Updates: WordPress relies on updates. WordPress itself and it’s features (like plugins) often have updates to improve reliability, stability and security. Surprisingly, not all hosts offer free automatic updates! Thankfully, Scala Hosting puts it’s customers first and offers this feature on all plans for free.

Managed Cloud Hosting

If you’re looking for a bit more freedom with your web hosting, Scala Hosting’s fully-managed cloud hosting might just do the trick! This web host will setup, configure, secure, and optimise your server to your liking (and that’s all included in the price).

Starting from only $12 per month, Scala Hosting’s SSD cloud servers include high availability, a control panel, daily backups and it is a fully managed service. You’re sure to experience superb performance without the worry of managing everything yourself. So, you’re free to focus on what matters – your website! Features include:

  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • Upgrade/Downgrade Anytime
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
  • 7-Day Money-back Guarantee

Customer Support

Scala Hosting is contactable via various methods. They offer telephone support for pre-sales and billing, social media support, ticket support, and live chat. There’s also a knowledge base with lots of articles and tutorials.

I had a quick peek into recent reviews that other customers had left via Scala Hosting’s Facebook page. With 4.7/5 stars, things seemed very positive!

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a competitively priced web host, Scala Hosting is just that. Compared to companies like SiteGround, Scala Hosting offers the same features but at a much lower cost especially if you are looking for a managed SSD cloud server.

With lots of added extras like cPanel, Weebly website builder, unlimited storage and bandwidth, and security enhancements, there’s something for everyone. Beginners and experts alike will be able to enjoy all of Scala Hosting’s features with immediate server deployment.

I like the fact that this web host offers a lot of choice. There doesn’t appear to be hidden extras or costs; you get what you pay for. All in all, you can’t go far wrong with Scala Hosting. Ideal for people who want to host a small, medium, or large website!


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