Reviews and expert opinion StormWall

James Guill
James Guill
Web Hosting Expert

StormWall offers a variety of VPS hosting plans, but these are lacking in many features compared to other plans. They’re also overpriced for the features offered.

Overview

stormwall-mineIf you are in a hurry, and just want the bottom line: for the same price as StormWall you can get much better servers with 24/7 support with Hostinger, so why even bother?!

StormWall is a privately-held Slovakian company offering a variety of internet and hosting services. They specialize in VPS and dedicated server hosting, but they also have premium SSD shared hosting with automatic DDoS protection for extremely security-conscious individuals willing to pay extra for the coverage. Their VPS packages, unfortunately, are average at best and provide fewer features than you’d see on standard providers.

Features and Ease of Use

StormWall offers a variety of VPS plans with average features that include:

  • 20GB or more of SSD storage
  • Between 512MB and 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Intel XEON E5-2660v3 @ 2.6GHz processors
  • Bandwidth from 10 to 100Mbps
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • L3-L7 DDoS protection standard

I like the unlimited traffic, DDoS protection, and bandwidth speeds, but I’m not a fan of some of the other available features such as the amount of RAM and storage. Servers at this level should offer higher features, especially considering you’ll pay considerably more for this than shared hosting.

Regarding usability, this is not an option for beginners as you’ll need to be able to set up and maintain your own server. You can have the OS pre-installed for you, but beyond that, you need to know what you’re doing.

Other value-added features available for purchase include a CDN, cloud web application firewall, website proxying, and TCP/UDP IP protection. This is in line with StormWall’s company name and mission to give their users the best possible protection against hacking and DDoS attacks.

StormWall’s SSD shared hosting packages are essentially light on resources but comparatively heavier on performance and security. Their three pre-made packages include as standard:

  • HTTPS support
  • SSD storage
  • SSL certificates
  • Optional add-on domains
  • Optional dedicated IP address
  • Maximum support response time of one hour (30 minutes for Business ONE plan)
  • SLA-guaranteed availability of 98%
  • Free website transfer service

StormWall

Pricing and Support

StormWall offers VPS services that are semi-customizable. Here’s a quick rundown of the primary differences in servers:

WEB-VDS-0WEB-VDS-1WEB-VDS-2WEB-VDS-3WEB-VDS-4
CPU Cores11224
DDR4 RAM512MB1GB2GB4GB8GB
SSD Storage20GB30GB40GB60GB80GB

These plans allow you to customize the amount of bandwidth, operating system, management panels, and the number of WebSocket ports for an additional fee.

Regarding pricing, these VPS setups are a bit pricier than the industry average. Also, I’d like to see more customizable options for these plans. Many VPS hosts will allow you to customize multiple features such as storage and RAM or even offer a fully customizable option. Some providers will provide more in terms of storage and RAM for a lot less.

The same goes for their SSD shared hosting plans. The main value-add of these plans are the extra security features, but quite frankly, I don’t see them providing that much more utility above and beyond their competition — definitely not enough to justify their high prices for shared hosting. All in all, even if you’re security-conscious, there are far better options elsewhere for a lower price point.

Regarding support, there don’t appear to be many options. They do list contact phone numbers, but their email and live chat are for sales only. They don’t offer a support section or a knowledge base on their website. I tried contacting them via live chat, but other than them saying they would provide help, they wouldn’t give me any actual information on how to contact support.

Granted, if you’re using VPS, you should already know how to do most basic admin tasks. However, a clearer statement regarding what support they do offer is sorely needed.

How much does StormWall cost?
StormWall offers plans from $66 to $95. The price depends on which type of hosting plan you choose. You can see the updated pricing table (updated weekly) below.
Which StormWall plan should I get?
My recommendation is to start with a cheaper plan. You can always upgrade later on. StormWall can help you with the migration to a more expensive plan. The increase in visitors many times takes longer than expected and you shouldn’t pay a lot of money until the need arises. Of course, your needs may vary, and you can consult with a hosting expert from StormWall here.
How good is StormWall’s customer support?
StormWall is not ranked as one of our top web hosts. But that can also be a result of StormWall being a small, under the radar, hosting provider. There are advantages to a small hosting company – as a customer, you are more important to them. You can also check out our comparison of the most popular web hosting services here.

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Maverick
USA
5.0
No hangups

I want to write about hosting, as I have something to compare with. On the last hosting, I had constant hangs of the site, sometimes I had ddos attacks, so I freaked out and decided to connect to Stormwall and everything has been working quickly for about two months now. I think that in the future there will be no problems.

April 07, 2020
Duvall
France
4.0
It's good that everything works as it should now

I thought that DDoS attack was something mythological and it would never affect me, yeah, sure! In general, everything got to the point where the site just stopped working. I was so confused that in a panic I called and connected to Stormwall, because if my site doesn't work for at least a day, I lose a lot of customers. They helped almost instantly, it took more time to communicate with tech support and subscription.

February 10, 2020
Enok
Russia
5.0
Stimulated and helped me!

Of course, I’m not very good at attacks and defense, but the guys who developed the site told me that I need to take protection from hacker attacks. They recommended Stormwall. I didn’t understand what each tariff contains, so I wrote in a chat on their site, we quickly figured it out and connected. Sometimes I call in support. The guys listen to my stupid questions very patiently. In general, I am satisfied with it.

February 04, 2020
Georg
Germany
5.0
Georg

For those who think “That will do!” I still recommend connecting to protection services. I chose Stormwall for myself. I was somehow particularly lucky and my site is constantly under attack. But according to the reports, I see that attacks are very quickly reflected and don't affect the site at all. I can’t imagine how many times my site would shut down without them.

January 29, 2020
Lars
Russia
4.0
Flexible tariffs

According to the budget, we chose the average tariff, because the highest one is a little expensive for us, but the cheapest one is not enough. In terms of functionality, the average one is great for us, but I'd like more flexible tariffs, because we really like Stormwall. Especially round-the-clock technical support.

January 16, 2020
Mael
USA
4.0
Optimal service for me.

Some might think that prices are high, but in fact, they correspond to the quality. I have been selling online for over 10 years and have tried many services. I've chosen Stormwall and I have been using it for a year now. I can’t highlight any complaints, because everything works steadily and quickly, unlike some services that I used to have.

December 25, 2019
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Bottom line on StormWall

StormWall’s VPS packages offer “average at best” features compared to other providers. Other providers offer a lot more for the same price as you’d pay here. Honestly, you’d be better off using shared website hosting versus overpaying for this service.

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Pros

  • Intel XEON E5-2660v3 @ 2.6GHz processors
  • Bandwidth from 10 to 100Mbps
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • L3-L7 DDoS protection standard

Cons

  • Few customizable features
  • Expensive for the number of features offered
James Guill
James Guill
James Guill is a veteran writer with a background in IT support. He’s worked for some of the world’s largest companies including Ericsson, Compaq, GE, Bank of America and Dell.

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