Features and Ease of Use
RackForest offers numerous shared hosting plans. These plans have the following features:
- Free SSL certificate
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- From 1GB to 150GB disk space
- From 1TB to 2TB bandwidth
All plans are hosted on CloudLinux, which provides stability on the shared server in such a way that users are not affected by each other’s use of resources. SSDs are used for data storage with RackForest’s plans. This ensures both maximum speed and efficiency.
RackForest’s plans offer an unlimited number of MySQL databases and also offer the phpMyAdmin tool. It supports different versions of PHP with custom php.ni. It also supports Perl and Python.
To manage the PHP and other features, it provides cPanel, which has a simple graphical user interface and automated tools. It also features Softaculos one-click installer, which helps beginners create a website, blog, forum, online store, PHP frameworks, and any other content management system as desired with only a few clicks.
Furthermore, customers get the JetBackup tool, which provides automated backups. Daily backups of your mail, database, and other files are created and stored for a week. You can then restore at any time you want.
Another feature accessible via cPanel is Cron job scheduling. You can set up tasks or jobs to run automatically at different times.
SSH access is enabled on these plans, too. This feature is mostly for advanced users and it gives you a secure way to remotely gain access to your account.
It also provides CXS (ConfigServer eXploit Scanner) and Imunify360 for security. CXS scans files as they are uploaded to the server and quarantines any suspicious file.
With Imunify360 you will get a web application firewall (WAF) which blocks vulnerable attacks and provides DDOS and brute force protection. It also offers Apache SpamAssassin, which allows you to set up a rating to identify spam emails.
Pricing and Support
Some of RackForest’s web hosting plans are cheap, while others are a bit expensive. Nevertheless, they are worth it when you consider the resources offered on them. Its first two plans have a yearly billing cycle only, while the last five plans are billed monthly and yearly. Billing methods are PayPal and bank transfer.
There’s no free plan, but it does offers a five-day free trial period on all plans. That’s quite a short period of time to really know how well it will go, especially for uptime. Nevertheless, it is enough time to test the speed of your website at the starter stage, which might be enough for you.
Its support channels include phone, available from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays, email, contact form, tickets, and knowledge base.