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A review of Free Hostia

We, at annelies.be, have selected 'Free Hostia' to be our current domain name and web hosting supplier. Therefore we expect that this brief assessment of 'Free Hostia' is perhaps going to be quite helpful for other people from all over the World who are searching for domain name and web hosting services. We say individuals from all over the World, since the mere truth is that 'Free Hostia' presently offers domain and hosting services in numerous data center facility locations: in the United States of America (Chicago, IL), in Great Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, embracing practically the entire World. At least as far as the World Wide Web is concerned. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'Free Hostia' in brief:

Shared Web Space Hosting Plans

The initial detail we, at annelies.be, have noticed is the affordable prices of the shared site hosting solutions provided by 'Free Hostia'. Shared doesn't sound very well, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared hosting. The good news here is that the web space hosting packages provided by 'Free Hostia' are powered by an in-house created, cutting edge cloud web hosting platform (each web hosting service, such as email, databases, webspace hosting CP, disk storage, DNS, stats, and so on, runs on an autonomous group of web servers in a cluster). This is something EVERY cPanel web hosting supplier on the Earth will have immense troubles with, because cPanel is a single server based website hosting platform (each hosting service, like electronic mail, databases, site hosting Control Panel, storage space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being dealt with by a single server), cPanel is not open source (hence the cPanel-based hosting providers cannot add extra functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file system (they need to create their own file platform), which is at the heart of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared website hosting packages, which are driven by an actual clustered web page hosting solution. With a shared web space hosting account, each client pays just for his/her account, thus maintaining the web space hosting price amazingly low (since multiple users are located on one and the same server). In a few words, a shared hosting plan, which is being served by a cloud webspace hosting platform, permits you to pay solely for the reserves that you really need, refraining from a scenario where you pay for a powerful hosting account that you cannot truly use, or for a low-end web page hosting plan that cannot accommodate your web site. The ability to upgrade your account from one package to another with just 2 clicks of the mouse grants you the flexibility to commence with a tiny plan and upgrade as your web site grows. So, you spare money that you can invest in promoting the website while it is still brand new. Each and every website hosting package provided by 'Free Hostia' sports an online site building tool and over forty widely used script-driven software platforms like WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will economize you hundreds of dollars for web design services. 'Free Hostia' offers shared web site hosting accounts in several different countries across the Globe. There is one data center in Chicago encompassing the USA and Canada; two European server farm facilities - in Great Britain and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia-Pacific region. Hence, virtually the whole Earth is covered to supply you and your web site's visitors with a stable and fast website hosting solution at a desired place. On the whole, the shared hosting packages supplied 'Free Hostia' are quite well appointed and come at a very low price (starting from $0.00 for the Chocolate package).

Semi-dedicated Web Servers

To users with little or no practice, a VPS server may seem troublesome to handle. That's perhaps why 'Free Hostia' also stores semi-dedicated servers in its main American server farm facility in Chicago. Managing these plans is comparable to administering a regular shared plan through a web page hosting Control Panel interface. They have all the features of a shared package such as a free-of-charge site building tool and a web app installer, but the system resource quota provided by a semi-dedicated server hosting account is many times greater than that of a shared web page hosting package. For instance, the central processing unit power that can be used is nearly FIVE times as much as compared to the shared web space hosting plans. When contrasted with a shared hosting account, the quota of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting plans is great: 90 000 / hour. An unmetered hosted top-level domain name allowance is a norm too. The semi-dedicated web hosting accounts do not include full root privileges (we, at annelies.be, deem this a tiny inconvenience), but the benefit is that they are administered via the same site hosting Control Panel interface as the shared web site hosting packages. This hints that a recognizable graphical interface is accessible by all customers who do not feel self-confident enough to administer a virtual web hosting server, but at the same time require more power and features than a VPS web hosting server can offer. This is so because the semi-dedicated web servers share the reserves of the very same powerful high-class web servers as the ones which host the VPS server hosting plans, still, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is very low (somewhere between twenty to 30 per physical server), while the VPS web hosting servers can reach a much greater number (80 to one hundred and twenty per physical server). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'Free Hostia' can be dubbed as being amazingly affordable (as far as cost is concerned), starting from $29.95 for the Boabab package.

Dedicated Web Servers

In annelies.be's opinion, enormous web pages such as social networks, community and business web portals or popular web stores with 1000s of customers require a much more powerful web page hosting environment. It appears that the folks from 'Free Hostia' have arrived at the same conclusion as well. To live up to its clients' demands, 'Free Hostia' supplies a bouquet of dedicated servers that can tackle millions of daily hits. That estimation is based on the hardware specs the dedicated servers come with: many-core processors, up to four GB of RAM, 2000 GB of storage space and Gigabit network interface cards will definitely ensure the quick and stable performance of any type of site. In 'Free Hostia's opinion, the original hardware specifications can be upgraded for more system resource-requiring websites. We, from annelies.be, think that all dedicated server configurations furnished by 'Free Hostia' are also appropriate for initiating a hosting reseller business as each server arrives with free billing software platform and a free-of-charge domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated web servers furnished by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at annelies.be, think that this is a small downside, which can be rectified by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD. So, if you demand assistance, the Managed Services upgrade provides an array of supplementary services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated web server monitoring and troubleshooting procedures. A handful of web site hosting Control Panel (CP) interfaces are available with each of the dedicated web hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (annelies.be's) prognosis is that the outstanding drag and drop File Manager available in the Hepsia hosting CP will possibly make the recourse to any FTP software futile. Our (annelies.be's) inference is that the dedicated servers offered by 'Free Hostia' don't seem to be very modestly priced (yet the Hepsia web site hosting CP and the unlimited hosted domain quotas will no doubt make you smile), beginning from $139.95 for the Arctic plan.