Features and Ease of Use
IT Alfa offers 16 Linux shared standard hosting plans (across four global locations), four WordPress plans, four cloud hosting plans (across Indian and American locations), four KVM VPS (ditto), four managed servers, and eight dedicated servers.
You can also choose from three combo plans: Starter Combo (with one domain and one hosted website), Email Combo (with one domain and three email accounts), and Advanced Combo (one domain, one SSL certificate, and one website). Although bare metal servers are also advertised, none were available for purchase when I tried.
The four Linux-based US Hosting plans provide you with:
- One to unlimited hosted domains
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- cPanel control panel
- 1 GB to unmetered disk space
- 10 GB to unmetered data transfer
- 100 to unlimited email accounts
- Support for PHP (v5.2.x-7.1.x), MySQL, Ruby, Perl, and Python
- Data backups every 5 days
- ClamAV anti-virus
You can use the Softaculous one-click-installer to install 400+ content management and other popular programs such as WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart, or phpBB. As an alternative to a CMS-backed website, you could use one of the four Weebly website builder plans (one of which is a free plan) to create a professional web presence without having to be a professional web designer or developer.
Once your website is up-and-running, performance improvements come courtesy of Varnish caching and the Cloudflare CDN (which also protects you from some kind of cyber-attacks). Unfortunately, there is no free SSL.
The managed and dedicated servers come with RAID 1 to guard against disk data disasters.
Pricing and Support
IT Alfa’s shared hosting plans are priced competitively, and you can pay for them in U.S. dollars via PayPal or credit card on quarterly to annual billing cycles. The longer the commitment, the greater the discount. The 30-day money-back guarantee (for Linux and cloud hosting plans) should get you out of your commitment early if anything goes wrong.
You should be able to summon 24/7 support in English, Spanish, or Italian by telephone, ticket, email, WhatsApp, or online contact form. I say “should” because my exploratory email went unanswered. It’s a good thing, then, that there are some good self-support resources, including a blog, a forum, and an extensive knowledge base: