Features and Ease of Use
Swift Internet offers scalable shared hosting services on high-performance servers with a SAN storage cloud. Here’s a quick rundown of the basic features available on each plan:
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Free domain
- Supports Windows and Linux hosting
- Auto-installation of over 100 programs
I like that you can support either Windows or Linux with these plans. Most hosts make you pay extra for Windows hosting. You’ll also get the following value-added features:
- Supports PHP, Perl, and Zend
- Supports MySQL and MSSQL databases
- Daily backups for both website and email
- Managed firewall protection
- Website builder
One notable feature of this provider is the 100% availability SLA for shared hosting and managed firewall protection available for all plans. I’d like to see more support for advanced scripting languages such as Ruby or Python, but this host should still work for most basic and intermediate websites.
Beginners and experienced webmasters alike will have no problem using this host as it offers a website builder and an auto-installer with over 100 programs, including CMSes such as Drupal and WordPress. Linux customers can use cPanel to build their website while Windows customers can use Plesk.
Pricing and Support
Swift Internet offers shared hosting plans that support both Linux and Windows hosting. Plans come with the features listed above. Here are the primary differences between plans:
|Databases (MySQL or MSSQL)||1||5||10||25||25||25|
Note that this is single domain shared hosting. If you need multi-domain shared hosting, you’ll need to go for their VPS hosting or choose another provider. Also, your email storage is part of your overall storage, so the S15 plan may be a bit lacking if you have high email usage.
Otherwise, these plans are relatively robust on storage, and I like that you get about four times your storage allotment for backups. Personally, I’d recommend going with S25 or above because they offer better database support.
Pricing for these plans is relatively average. Plans come with a free .co.uk or .org.uk domain, but all other domains incur a fee. Also, they don’t offer free SSL certificates. All plans come with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Support options for this provider are somewhat average. They offer telephone support and online ticketing support. There’s also a searchable knowledge base available, though most of the topics covered are rather basic.Their support page also has a Service Status link where they keep you updated on server outages or general problems that users are experiencing with the service. Overall support would be improved if they offered live chat support.