Scala Hosting Review – Totally Honest

Scala Hosting

This is an honest review on Scala Hosting.

I personally used it for the last six months, it was one of the several hosts that I have tried.

I switched over to Scala when the previous host that I was using didn’t allocate enough CPU and memory for 300 (bot) visitors a day that I happened to purchase in the hope for cheap traffic. Of course the traffic didn’t help me at all, but at least pinpointed for me early that I needed a new host, just in time that I could still get my money back.

And it was then that I found Scala Hosting. I was really short on cash, therefore I was trying to get a cheap but acceptable quality webhost.

ScalaHosting.com is located in Dallas, Texas. They offer a number of Web hosting and domain management services.

Reliability is the main focus at Scala Hosting. The company was started in August of 2007 and has built a solid reputation by providing reliable servers.

Scala Hosting has a large data center with the highest form of security. They provide their clients with high quality web hosting, VPS, SSD cloud hosting and dedicated server plans.

Their data centers are located in the United States and use the latest hardware and software technology.

Scala Hosting owns all of its equipment (servers, switches, routers) and use only directly hired staff members who work for Scala Hosting only.

They do not outsource any services. All new shared and reseller hosting services run on cloud based SSD-powered servers.

Scala Hosting has four plans to choose from. They have a Mini, Start, Advanced and E-commerce plans.

Cheap Web Hosting with Superior Performance

Scala Hosting Pricing

The first thing that enticed me was the promotion that they were running.

I paid $6 for 6 months of hosting. They don’t have that specific discount any more, but they have a “Get 6 Months For The Price of 3”, which means that for the “Mini” plan, which I took, you pay a bit over $11 for 6 months. When you renew your hosting, you will be paying $23 for 6 months,

If you are short on cash, then this is an affordable amount that you can easily fork out for your hosting.

You need to pay either with a credit card or with a verified PayPal account. Unverified PayPal payments get refunded.

If you have a traffic spike or you exceed your resources, they give you a very reasonable 7 days to either see if the traffic will get back into the normal range or to upgrade to a higher tier hosting plan.

Scala Hosting Features

For that money you get

  • 10GB Web Space
  • 90k Visits Per Month
  • Free Migration Assistance
  • 24/7 Technical Support
  • SSD Powered Servers Built for Performance
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • Top Web Hosting Security
  • Free auto-SSL
  • cPanel
  • Unlimited add-on domains
  • 30 Days Money-back Guarantee

When you pay, your account gets set up in minutes and you can log into your account and it looks like this:

Scala dashboard

You get an email with your log-in data, FTP, you get an IP address for your website so that you can access it even before your DNS change propagates.

Scala Hosting Support

You can choose if you want to chat with support or submit a ticket, but in both cases they have an extremely fast response time, I got answers within one minute even. They can also be reached via toll free from their number that is listed in their Contact Us section.

The advantage of this setup is that even if your website is down for some reason, you will always be able to contact them through this support.

Tech support is 24/7, billing support is limited to M-F.

The support is very knowledgeable and they really help you with any issues you run into.

Scala Hosting Uptime

At the beginning there were some problems with uptime, my site went down for 3-4 minutes a day. Apparently there was some issue with the server which was then fixed, and I am actually getting a very nice and stable website, I have no attention at all on it.

Scala cPanel

Scala Hosting has the standard cPanel for account, and you would use your own domain name to log in (yourdomain.com/cpanel).

Scala cPanel1

As you can see, there are the standard functions.

There is a file manager, but you can also use FTP. You can have unlimited FTP accounts, this is also with your domain name.

You can also download your website backup to your computer with a push of a button. They automatically back up your data daily, without additional charge, and they have 7 restore points.

Then you have the standard database functions, phpMyAdmin. You can have unlimited MySQL databases.

Scala cPanel2

Then you have different SEO and Marketing Tools, which are basically third party services the hosting company recommends you. You don’t need to use them if you don’t want to.

Then there’s Domains. You can have unlimited add-on domains, as long as your files fit into the 10 GB limit.

As you can see on one of the screenshots, I am using 314 MB for files and 22 MB for my database, and I have a site with about 80 posts and pages, plus another WordPress installation, plus a PrestaShop. 10 GB is plenty of space.

When you add an extra (add-on) domain, a sub-directory will be created for it inside your Public_html folder, named based on your add-on domain (e. g. yoursecondsite.com).

At the same time a sub-domain will also appear, “yoursecondsite.yourdomain.com”. Your add-on domain will be assigned this address.

You also have the option to set up 301 or 302 redirects straight from this menu and to edit your DNS.

You can also have unlimited subdomains. A subdomain is a subsection of your website that can exist as a new website without a new domain name.

Use subdomains to create memorable URLs for different content areas of your site. For example, you can create a subdomain for your blog that is accessible through blog.example.com and www.example.com/blog.

Scala cPanel3

Email – You can create unlimited email accounts, set up email forwarders.

You have the option to sign up for a free-tier VerticalResponse account.

There is also a professional spam filter.

Under Metrics you can see the raw visitors log. Google Rankings simply refers you over to the Hoth, which has a free tool for this.

Scala cPanel4

Under Security there are different features like IP blocker, ModSecurity, and of course SSL.

Scala Hosting provides free automatically renewing SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt.

Private Keys (KEY)
You can generate, view, upload, or delete your private keys.

Certificate Signing Requests (CSR)
You can generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests.

Certificates (CRT)
You can generate, view, upload, or delete SSL certificates.

And you can install and manage SSL for your site (HTTPS).

Under Software you have different things like the auto-installer and Clourflare.

Scala cPanel5

And then there are a few additional Advanced menu points and Preferences.

Scala Reseller Hosting Plan

Scala Hosting offers 4 types of reseller hosting plans. These plans are Scala1, Scala2, Scala3, and Scala4.

You can choose your plan based on the amount of disk space that you need. Select from 25GB, 50GB, 75GB, and 100GB. All of the plans from Scala2 to Scala4 include unlimited bandwidth.

These plans also come with unlimited cPanel accounts and are suitable for approximately 2,000 daily visits per account.

All reseller hosting plans are SSD-powered too. They run in the Scala Hosting cloud and have the same specifications as Scala Hosting shared hosting servers.

SSD Cloud Servers

Scala Hosting offers 4 types of cloud server hosting plan. These plans are Start, Advance, Business, and Enterprise.

The SSD cloud servers provide a self-healing cloud infrastructure. That means the servers are able to perform complex repair and maintenance tasks automatically. This allows Scala Hosting to guarantee 99.9% uptime.

Scala Money Back Guarantee

There is a money back guarantee for new customers. Those who sign up for reseller or shared web hosting accounts are offered a 30-day money back guarantee, those who use SSD cloud server hosting are given a 7-day money back guarantee.

Scala Hosting Reviews

As with all other hosting companies, if you look at the reviews left by “customers”, there are very positive ones and very negative ones.

I personally don’t trust that all of those reviews are true, I am pretty sure that some of them are made up.

The only negative experience I had with them was

  • Some downtime at the beginning
  • Some inconvenience that my PayPal payment was canceled, because I used an unverified account and I had to repeat the payment with a credit card (there was no mention on the site about the need to use a verified PayPal account).
  • The data centers are only US, therefore you need to use a CDN if you want fast-loading web pages. Since you should use a CDN ayways, this doesn’t really influence anything.

Summary

Scala Hosting is a great hosting provider for any size business.

They offer high quality hosting plans at affordable prices as well as provide customers with full tech support and domain management.

All websites are secure on their high redundant networks and are backed by the latest in hosting technology.

Their fully managed servers give you total control and provide you with full data protection.

Their hosting plans are fully equipped with enough space and storage and come with a money back guarantee and a number of additional features and add on options.

Scala Hosting believes in making clients happy by providing them with excellent customer service and highest quality hosting products.

I fully recommend Scala Hosting for anyone’s use.