Swissnode is a web hosting provider with its office in Spain and a data center in Switzerland. It provides shared SSD web hosting, Kernel-based VPS hosting, email hosting, and domain registration services.
The Swissnode website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
Swissnode offers four levels of SSD web hosting: Standard, Mini, Large, and Reseller. The entry-level Mini plan features 1 GB of SSD storage for one domain, one database, and 1 GB of monthly bandwidth. For more data, the Standard plan includes 5 GB of SSD storage, 10 GB of monthly bandwidth, five active domains, unlimited subdomains, and five databases.
All web hosting plans share these features:
- Unlimited email accounts
- Free SSL certificate
- cPanel web panel
- Softaculous app installer
- Cloudflare CDN
Swissnode’s offerings don’t stop with web hosting. It also offers a range of kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) SSD plans (with IPv4 and IPv6) and email hosting plans for customers who want a secure hosted email solution. Email packages provide 1 GB to 40 GB of storage, and they come with:
- Personal domain
- Calendar and contacts
- Forwarders, filters, and mailing lists
- Optional extra domains
- DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) authentication
For an additional monthly fee, customers can also add the Swiss Antispam Advanced email filtering program to their email account to protect against spam, phishing, viruses, and password theft.
Pricing and Support
Swissnode’s shared web hosting is priced relatively high considering the amount of data included with each plan. The Mini hosting plan costs about the same as a kid’s fast food meal per month, but for only 1 GB storage (albeit SSD-based). The prices are about 20%-50% higher than comparable European entry-level SSD hosting.
One caveat to the cost of Swissnode’s plans is its pricing guarantee that promises, “if lower prices are found elsewhere, they will put together a custom offer for that customer.” And domain registration is offered at below-average prices.
All plans apart from the ‘Mini’ starter plan can be purchased monthly or annually, and you get two months worth of free hosting in exchange for an annual commitment.
24/7 customer support can be accessed by email, online chat, and Skype. My general sales request was responded to within an hour:
Self-support options are more limited as the knowledge base contains no information.