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Scala Hosting Review

Scala hosting made it to the top of the list because of their outstanding performance (only 41ms to connect and 0.2s the time to the first byte) and 99,99% uptime. Knowledgeable and fast support both on the system and CMS(WordPress) level and their proactive approach to security.

My opinion is that the best hosting is the one that you set up and forget. This has been my experience with Scala Hosting in the past year. That's why I can recommend them as one of the best web hosting companies for UK users at the moment.

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UPTIME
 
999
SPEED
 
999
SUPPORT
 
997
PRICE
 
972
FEATURES
 
995
GREEN
 
970
INNOVATIVE
 
1000

Scala hosting is a reputable company that operates from since 2007 from two data centres - in Europe and the US. They serve more than 50k customers and 700k websites.

They provide their clients with high-quality web hosting service. It is focused on the managed VPS and Cloud hosting, where they have their own inhouse management panel called SPanel. Shared hosting plans are on CPanel servers, but are serviced from the same team, so equally good.

As usual in our reviews, we focus on the performance, support, security, features and pricing.

Performance

The performance is really impressive. As you can see from the test with the keycdn performance tool, the TTFB(time to first byte) is only 198ms and the connection speed from London is 41ms.
Connection time: Time it takes to connect to the webserver. Recommended is under 200ms.

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TTFB: Time it takes from when a client makes an HTTP request to it receiving its first byte of data from the webserver. Recommended is under 400ms.

Those are the two important metrics that are related to the speed of the network and the webserver.

They have a 99,99% uptime guarantee on both the shared and VPS service. If your uptime for the month gets below 99%, you will get a full refund in credit.

Another good feature with Scala is that they handle the spikes in the traffic very well. Unlike a lot of the other hosting companies, if your sites go viral for a day, they will not stop your service as long as it does not break the server.

The system is automated, so if it happens only once or twice a week they will not bother you with upsells to higher plans (what we have seen with other companies).

If your site grows, they will recommend a VPS plan, which is at a great price, almost the same as the shared hosting plans.

Security

Scala is focused on security. They have integrated into their SPanel a feature to lock the installation files, so even if a plugin or module has a security issue, the hackers can not upload malware that edits the original files from the installation. This is currently available for WordPress only but their developers' team are working on the other major CMS like Joomla, Drupal, Magento and PrestaShop and OpenCart.

SShield(for managed VPS only) — cyber security is a pressing topic in the technological world, with hackers getting more and more inventive in their attacks. In light of that, Scala Hosting offers SShield — the next-gen solution for website protection.

The tool provides 24/7 real-time monitoring and threat prevention. SShield recognizes and blocks a whopping 99.998% of all known malware and malicious attacks. Not only that, but the solution utilizes a machine learning algorithm to further improve its defensive strategies. Whenever the system detects a new type of threat, it adds it to an evergrowing database of potential vulnerabilities, reacting even more effectively in the future.

The best thing is, once it's activated, there is not much to do with SShield — the tool is fully automated and doesn't require any previous web security knowledge.

Just recently, Scala Hosting has partnered up with Rack911, an industry leader in cybersecurity solutions. The California-based provider will assist with proactive server monitoring and regular penetration tests.

Support

They have 24/7 chat support and ticket support by knowledgable staff that is all inhouse. All the sysadmins and the CMS support is in the same office, so all your questions from basic support to complicated issues that require a sysadmin will be answered fast.

All the support is based in Europe.

  • 24/7 Ticketing support
  • 24/7 Chat support
  • Support is inhouse
  • Europe based
  • None

Customers reviews

When we check for customers reviews we usually go to independent sources like TrustPilot and social media like Reddit, Twitter and Facebook. We also look at industry forums and other hosting review sites, but we take those with a grain on salt because there could be bias in the industry and we are more interested in what the real customers say overall.

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On TrustPilot Scala has 98% Excellent and 2% Great reviews, which puts it to the top of the industry in terms of customers satisfaction.

We did not find too many reviews on social media, but what we found was positive and we didn't find any serious complaints.

On the industry forums and web hosting reviews sites, they are highly rated. It also makes a good impression that if there is a negative review, Scala host is active and answering to all customers.

Tech details

By default, the shared hosting clients are on CPanel with Apache web server and the latest versions of all the CPanel features.

The VPS clients with SPanel can choose between Apache, Nginx as a reverse proxy, Litespeed Enterprise or Open Litespeed (which is free and unlimited).

All the plans support the major web programming languages like PHP and Python.

Git support is included and you can access the server via SFTP, SSH(enabled on request), WP-CLI.

All the plans except Mini can host unlimited domain names, have unlimited bandwidth and unlimited databases.

Email accounts are also unlimited(the number of emails you can receive is limited by the inodes of the plan) and all the major protocols are supported - SMTP/POP3/IMAP.

HTTP2 is also enabled on all plans.

  • 99,99% uptime guarantee
  • Great connection and TTFB speed
  • Compliance with data protection act
  • 7 day backup
  • SSH and WP-CLI access
  • Raw access logs
  • All CPanel features
  • Inhouse development team
  • No UK datacentre

Scalability

Scaling within Scala hosting is fast and easy (as the name of the company suggests). If your site outgrows its current plan you can easily migrate it to a managed VPS with much more resources and power on almost the same price. Scala has developed their own inhouse panel - SPanel and it allows them to keep the prices of the managed VPS services very affordable.

Limitations

  • 150k inodes on the Mini plan and 3% of the CPU/memory usage.
  • 300k inodes on the Start plan and 5% of the CPU/memory usage.
  • 500k inodes on the Advanced plan and 9% of the CPU/memory usage.

1 inode = 1 file.

Backups

For the shared hosting Scala hosting keeps backup for each day of the past 7 days by default. For the VPS is only 1. These backups are only available for restore from the system.

I recommend that you make a full backup and download it and keep it in a safe location every month in case you need to restore an older backup(in case of malware, hack etc.).

What is Scala hosting good for?

Scala is the best value for the money host we have found in the managed VPS field. Their shared hosting is also a great value for the money. Use scala hosting if you plan to:

  • start a personal or business blog
  • start an e-commerce website
  • anything based on WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento or OpenCart
  • small to medium-sized apps

When not to use Scala hosting?

  • If you just need email hosting and not a website, there are better solutions like Zoho Mail or Gsuite.
  • If your project requires a dedicated server.

Is Scala hosting good for WordPress Hosting?

Scala Hosting offers three WordPress packages based on their shared platform. The deals carry the same advantages with some WP-specific benefits:

  • an optimized server environment
  • core and plugin updates
  • free malware scans
  • one-click staging area
  • professional data migration

As with shared hosting, prices start from $3.95/mo for the Mini and go up to $9.95/mo for the Advanced plan.

At the managed VPS plans Scala has their own SWordPress Manager — this one is for all the WordPress fans out there.

SWordPress Manager comes with a clean interface, packed with all the basics for first-time users:

  • One-click WP installation/removal
  • Enabling/disabling automatic updates
  • Setting up a security lock
  • Resetting the admin password

Users also have a staging area at their disposal, allowing for all kinds of modifications and tests without affecting the published website.

Pricing

Overall Scala hosting offers great value for the money on all plans. Especially on the managed VPS.

They have monthly payments and 30-day money-back guarantee policy so you can test the service.

However, if you want to lock the cheapest price, you have to buy a 3-year contract.

Also keep in mind the prices are in USD and not GBP.

Conclusion

Scala Hosting is looking to change the status quo in the hosting industry. The company is constantly keeping an eye on the market and analyzing what could be changed, what could be improved. In that aspect, Scala has developed a unique set of tools that aim to improve server performance and security while cutting down the hosting costs.

SPanel is a versatile platform that aims to provide an efficient alternative to cPanel and its rising rates. SShield is your top-of-the-line protection against cybercriminals. SWordPressManager is your easy introduction to the most popular CMS solution for website building.

Together, they form a powerful blend of across-the-board services that guarantees your website will always be fast and secure online.

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How to Install WordPress on GoDaddy (Step by Step with Images)

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install and uninstall WordPress on GoDaddy and I will explain all the settings and what do they mean.

With the one-click install, GoDaddy has you can install WordPress literally in seconds.

So, let's begin.

First, you need to have a GoDaddy hosting plan and you need a domain pointing to this hosting. The good news is that you can buy a GoDaddy plan for as low as £1/m with this discount link.

If your domain is properly pointed to your hosting account, you should see this screen when you visit your domain:

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In this tutorial, I will use the domain ahosting.co (as you can see in the browser)

Next, go to GoDaddy home screen and log into your account.

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When you click on your username(the top right corner) a mega menu will open. Click on the Manage hosting link to go to your hosting account settings.

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Once you are there, click on the hosting account you want to install the WordPress to. In our case, ahosting.co

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This will open your hosting account control panel where you can adjust the settings of your project. To install WordPress click on the Open link next to Installatron app under Tools section.

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This will open the GoDaddy Installatron app which is a one-click installer of the different applications GoDaddy supports. It is very similar to the Softaculous app on cPanel.

Scroll down and you will see the WordPress icon (where the red arrow is). Click on this icon that will lead you to the WordPress app screen.

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Here you can go directly to the button on the right - Install this application

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This will open the WordPress install wizard where you have to make several choices before the installation.

Let me explain each option with the number beside it:

1. Domain - select the domain name you want to install the WordPress on.

2. Directory - this is the path where the WordPress will be installed. In this case, I have selected ahosting.co/blog which will install the app on ahosting.co/blog. If you want to install it on the root domain e.g ahosting.co you need to leave the directory field empty.

3. Select the latest WordPress version available.

4. Select the language for the install, English by default.

5. Select I accept (otherwise you can not install it)

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When you scroll down there are more options. I will explain each one with the number beside it

1. I suggest that you select auto updates. This will update your WordPress automatically and is the safest way to go since your site will not be open to vulnerabilities found in the oldest version and will always be up to date. This is especially true if you are not logging into your site daily. On the downside, this can break your site if some of the plugins you use are not compatible with the latest version. This is why I always suggest that you make a backup.

2. Same as 1 but for the plugins. I like the auto update option to be on.

3. Like 1 and 2 but for the themes - also on.

4. Choose the first option - to create a backup and automatically restore it if the update fails. This is a good option to keep your site safe.

5. Choose and admin name. GoDaddy already has a random handle for you but you can always change it to something you like. Never use admin as the default username though. It is a security measure.

6. Choose a strong password or generate one from the button on the right. Make sure to remember it or type it down because you will need it later when logging to WordPress admin panel.

7. Fill in an email where you would like to receive the notification for your new WordPress site.

8. Type in the title of your site here. You can always change it later.

9. This is the website tagline that will appear under the Title. You can leave that empty or type a slogan for your blog.

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And a few more settings left before we launch the install

1. Choose do not enable two-factor authentication (you can do that later but it is not necessary if you have chosen a different username than admin and a strong password).

2. Keep this to yes, limit failed login attempts. This is a security feature that prevents bots from guessing your admin password and brute force their way into your site.

3. This should be set to No. You can enable the multisite later when the install is done if you need this option.

4. You can leave this to Automatically. GoDaddy will set up all the other settings by default and you don't need to worry about it

Now when ready you can finally click on the Install button in the bottom right corner. This should start the WordPress install process.

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This screen is the installation progress bar. It is usually done for less than a minute.

When it finishes, go to your domain and the path you have installed WordPress to and you should see the default WordPress theme screen.

To log in into your new site type in the path and /wp-admin at the end. In our case, ahosting.co/blog/wp-admin will be the URL where the WordPress dashboard is.

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How to uninstall WordPress on GoDaddy?

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Now that we have installed WordPress if for some reason you want to uninstall it, GoDaddy has a very fast and clean option directly from the hosting control panel.

Go again to Installatron and under My Applications, you will see your WordPress app with the related information. In the top right corner you will see an X icon and when you hover it says Uninstall. Click on it and this will delete your WordPress install, the files and the database with just one click.

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This is how you can install and uninstall WordPress on GoDaddy with just a few clicks and in less than 5 minutes.

GoDaddy is a great option if you are on a budget or you just begin. However, if you need a more powerful WordPress hosting when your site grows, make sure to check our article on the Best WordPress hosting companies in the UK. And if you want to host something else than WordPress check our hosting suggestions at Top5hosting homepage.

How to Install WordPress on GoDaddy (Step by Step with Images) - 4.7 out of 5 based on 3 votes
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Connecting a GoDaddy domain with DigitalOcean droplet [Step by step guide with images]

In this article, we will show you how to connect your GoDaddy domain name with a VPS droplet from DigitalOcean.

Before we begin - here is our GoDaddy review and DigitalOcean review where you can find more info about both companies and here you can find the most recent GoDaddy discounts.

So let's begin.

Connecting a GoDaddy domain with DigitalOcean droplet [Step by step guide with images] - 4.9 out of 5 based on 17 votes
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Boost your site speed with HTTP/2

In the modern web, every millisecond of your site performance counts. It depends on your website structure, but from tests performed by CloudFlare and LoadImpact, your site can benefit from 20% to 200%+ increase in speed from switching to the new HTTP/2 protocol. This test illustrates the difference in speed when loading a page with multiple requests.

HTTP/2 is a binary protocol that uses only a single connection per server. It delivers a faster TLS performance, supports greater security and simplifies your web apps. It is an excellent solution for the most sites and CMS like WordPress. If you want to speed up your site further, we got 33 more tips here.

You will not benefit from HTTP/2 if your web app mostly serves large, downloadable files or media streams. In this case, you probably don’t want TLS, and multiplexing doesn’t provide any benefit when only one stream is in use.

Boost your site speed with HTTP/2 - 4.8 out of 5 based on 6 votes
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