Digital.com’s Best Web Hosting Companies of 2022

Digital.com's Best Web Hosting Companies of 2022

The domain Digital.com has had an amazing and colorful history thus far. First registered more than 30 years ago, this is one of the first commercial domains, up and online since the dawn of the internet. 

Digital.com’s first owner was the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), a major player in the computer industry from the late 60s until the mid-90s. 

The company was best known as one of the pioneer developers of minicomputers. It was a completely different ball game from the mainframes IBM and other competitors offered at the time — the new machines were much smaller and less expensive. 

The following review includes essential information, such as:

  1. The Golden Era
  2. The Dark Times
  3. A New Beginning


The Golden Era

The 70s and 80s can only be described as the Golden Age for DEC. Their PDP series minicomputers were selling well, and the PDP-11 even reached 600,000 units sold, a more than impressive achievement at the time. Cemented as one of the market leaders, DEC continued its expansion. The company introduced the VAX-11 series, the first widely-used 32-bit minicomputer, labeled as “supermini.” Peaking at around 400,000 units sold, it helped DEC expand to the second-biggest computer company in the industry.

The Digital Equipment Corporation was far from just a computer manufacturer. The provider was involved in a number of other exciting projects and held some impressive achievements:

  • The PDP minicomputers supported the first versions of the C programming language as well as the earliest Unix operating systems
  • The PDP-11 inspired a whole generation of software and hardware developers. The minicomputers are still being used today in factories, nuclear plants, and transportation systems
  • The DEC Systems Research Center actively contributed to the creation of the first hard-disk based MP3 player (the Personal Jukebox) and one of the first hand-held devices (the Itsy Pocket Computer)
  • Chief Linux engineer Linus Torvalds developed several instances, like RedHat and Gentoo, using DEC’s AlphaServer
  • DEC developers started AltaVista, one of the first and most popular search engines. It was later sold to Yahoo to use as an internal search tool.

Everything was going in DEC’s favor at the time.

But then the 1990s happened. 

The Dark Times

Business microcomputers and powerful 32-bit systems started overtaking the market, and DEC’s technology quickly became obsolete. The computer manufacturer spent years losing money until they eventually sold to Compaq in 1998, in what was the biggest tech acquisition at the time. 

As the dotcom bubble burst, Compaq was one of the many victims, having to sell their assets to Hewlett-Packard in 2002.

Hey, but what happened to the Digital.com domain?

A New Beginning

HP tried to sell the valuable domain a few times, but the asking price of $1.3 million did not attract any buyers. Finally, in 2014, the domain had its new owner — Quality Nonsense Ltd. The London-based corporation added Digital.com to an impressive portfolio of other web service websites like WhoIsHostingThis.com, Blogging.com, and PlaceHolder.com.

Today, the domain represents an independent review website, providing in-depth analysis and unbiased scores to popular products and services online.

ScalaHosting Was Named One of Digital.com’s Top Hosting Providers of 2022

So why did we tell you all this?

Every year, Digital.com puts out lists ranking the best providers in various segments of the hosting industry. ScalaHosting is proud to announce that it has been featured in not one but two of these lists for 2022.

We were ranked among the top 10 providers in the cloud and VPS hosting sectors.

During their research, Digital.com’s editors examined services offered by dozens of hosting companies of all shapes and sizes. They liked the range of supported technologies and the innovations that help us provide excellent uptime stats and blistering loading speeds for big and small projects. They also mentioned the features added to even the low-end plans and the speed and quality of our technical support.

Being ranked among the best in such a competitive industry is an incredible honor and an inspiration to aim even higher.

It shows that we’ve reached the top tiers of what is undoubtedly a very saturated market. This is a massive achievement, but it’s also an enormous responsibility.

Right now, website owners expect us to not only maintain the current quality of service but also to improve it. It’s a huge challenge, but we’re confident we’re up for it.

We won’t stop innovating and developing unique solutions like the SPanel management platform and our SShield security system. They are already proving popular with website owners, but we know that any software product needs to evolve continuously if it is to stay relevant.

We also know website owners won’t be interested in our services if we don’t keep our finger on the industry’s pulse and integrate all the latest technologies into our plans.

Last but not least, we know that working hard and continuously improving every single aspect of our service is the only way to cement our place among the world’s top hosting providers.

And we’re committed to doing just that.

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