Data Packet Networks (commonly called DataPacket) was founded by web developer Brian Bennett in 2001, to take over the assets of his previous venture, BRINet, which was established in 1998. Whereas BRINet provided affordable Windows hosting at a time when it didn’t exist, DataPacket provides “next-generation” hosting to web developers and their clients on Windows and Linux platforms, with every server having no more than twenty users.
DataPacket’s website is in English, and its client area support twenty-five additional languages.
Features and Ease of Use
DataPacket offers three shared hosting plans (one cPanel, one Windows, and one clustered), three reseller plans, three VPS, and three dedicated server plans. The cPanel hosting plans provide you with:
- Price lock guarantee
- CloudLinux OS
- Unlimited hosted websites
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- cPanel control panel
- Unlimited SSD webspace
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited email addresses, databases, and FTP users
- Multilingual tools
- MultiPHP version selector
- Support for PHP, Node.js, Python, and Ruby
- Malware and spam protection
- Free SSL certificates
- Daily offsite backups
The Softaculous auto-installer comes with installation scripts for several popular programs such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, so you don’t need any technical expertise to set up a CMS-backed website.
DataPacket’s VPS plans use KVM Hypervisor for better server management and improved performance, and performance is further improved thanks to the use of SSD storage.
Pricing and Support
DataPacket’s shared hosting plans are slightly pricey compared with the industry average, but you can get three months’ free hosting when you choose yearly billing. The 30-day money-back guarantee should make you feel better about an annual commitment because you can get out early if you change your mind, and the price lock guarantee means you’ll pay the same price (including discounts) for the entire time you hold your account.
You can pay for plans very conveniently in U.S. dollars via 2Checkout and PayPal.
DataPacket provides 24/7 customer support by telephone, ticket, email, and online form. I received a reply to my test ticket after eleven hours:
If you’d like to try supporting yourself, you’ll find a blog, an FAQ section, and a reasonably well-stocked knowledge base.