Features and Ease of Use
FS Data offers Linux and Windows support and a 99.9% availability SLA (with the option of upgrading to 99.95% availability) on shared hosting plans though Swedish servers. Webmasters with a sizable audience in Scandinavia and Northern Europe will find a home here.
One-click integrations are specifically offered for WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. However, there’s no specific mention of the auto-installer available, and so it’s unclear how many total integrations are available.
E-commerce merchants can also take advantage of a free SSL certificate.
The feature list also includes:
- MySQL & MSSQL databases
- FTP access
- PHP 7
- Cron jobs
- SSH access
Daily website backups are provided. Advanced webmasters can take advantage of support for the Perl, Python, and Ruby programming languages.
Pricing and Support
There is a 30-day money back guarantee on all shared hosting and VPS plans.
FS Data offers three shared hosting plans. The entry-level “Premium” plan comes with 20GB of disk space and 300GB of traffic, which is a fair amount and more than sufficient for beginning webmasters. You can increase those levels up to 200GB disk space and 3,000GB traffic with the highest-tier “Platinum” plan.
The price for the amount of storage and traffic offered is very good in comparison with the competition. However, the SLA doesn’t provide any information on the number of databases available to process all of it. So, while the 99.95% availability guarantee does provide some peace of mind, questions remain about how website performance will be affected if you take advantage of all the capacity provided.
There are three VPS plans, which range from one to four CPU cores, 100-400GB disk space, and 1-4GB of memory. They come with HDD standard, but can be upgraded to SSD for an additional 33% to 66% increase in price. The price relative to the competition is average.
Support options are below average. For starters, there is no 24/7 support available. And as you can see from the screenshot below, no initial real-time technical support of any kind is available — you must submit requests via the ticketing system and wait for a response. However, phone and remote support options via TeamViewer are available, as well as an extensive knowledge base.