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A review of Free Hostia

We, at 3u.lt, have selected 'Free Hostia' to be our current domain name and web hosting vendor. Therefore we expect that this brief review of 'Free Hostia' is probably going to be quite helpful for other people from all around the World in search for domain name and web hosting solutions. We state individuals from all over the Globe, because the simple fact is that 'Free Hostia' presently supplies domain and hosting services in numerous datacenter facility locations: in the US (Chicago, IL), in the United Kingdom (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). That way, embracing approximately 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 short:

Shared Web Site Hosting Solutions

The first detail we, at 3u.lt, have discerned is the reasonable prices of the shared web page hosting plans furnished by 'Free Hostia'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is called: shared web hosting. The good thing here is that the web page hosting accounts furnished by 'Free Hostia' are powered by a custom developed, advanced cloud web hosting solution (each hosting service, like electronic mail, databases, site hosting CP, disk space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being tackled by a different stack of web hosting servers in a cluster). This is something ANY cPanel web hosting firm in the World will have immense difficulties with, because cPanel is a one single server based web space hosting environment (each hosting service, such as email, databases, website hosting CP, data storage, DNS, statistics, etc., is being tackled by one and the same hosting server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based web space hosting companies cannot add additional functionality and handle it the way they want it) and there is no open source file platform (they need to develop their own file system), which is at the heart of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared web hosting accounts, which are powered by an actual clustered web space hosting solution. With a shared site hosting account, each client pays only for his/her package, thus retaining the site hosting price very low (since multiple users are hosted on one and the same web server). In a few words, a shared hosting plan, which runs on a clustered web hosting platform, permits you to pay solely for the resources that you indeed need, evading a scenario where you pay for a feature-rich webspace hosting account that you cannot really utilize, or for a basic website hosting package that cannot host your website. The possibility to upgrade your account from one package to another with just two clicks of the mouse gives you the flexibility to start with a tiny package and upgrade as your web site expands. That way, you save capital that you can spend on advertising the website while it is still brand new. Every website hosting package delivered by 'Free Hostia' boasts an online web site building tool and more than forty widely used script-driven platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will economize you 100s of dollars for web page design solutions. 'Free Hostia' distributes shared web space hosting packages in a number of different geographical regions around the Globe. There is one datacenter facility in Chicago covering the United States of America and Canada; 2 European server farm facilities - in Great Britain and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia Pacific region. That way, almost the whole planet is covered to supply you and your web site's visitors with a stable and dependable webspace hosting service at a desired place. As a whole, the shared hosting solutions supplied 'Free Hostia' are very well appointed and are available at a very attractive price (beginning from $0.00 for the Chocolate plan).

Semi-dedicated Web Hosting Servers

To people with little to no experience, a private virtual hosting server may seem troublesome to administer. That's probably why 'Free Hostia' also hosts semi-dedicated hosting servers in its main North American server farm facility in Chicago. Managing these plans is comparable to handling a conventional shared web hosting package via a site hosting Control Panel tool. They have all the functionalities of a shared web page hosting account such as a fee-free website builder and a web application installer, but the amount of system resources provided by a semi-dedicated hosting plan is many times bigger than that of a shared account. For example, the CPU power that can be utilized is about FIVE times as much as compared to the shared web page hosting accounts. When matched against a shared plan, the number of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting plans is enormous: 90 000 / hour. An unmetered hosted Top-Level Domain allowance is a pattern as well. The semi-dedicated plans do not ship with complete root-level access (we, at 3u.lt, consider this a minor negative point), but the plus is that they are administered via the same CP interface as the shared web space hosting accounts. This implies that a recognizable graphical interface is available to all users who do not have enough confidence to manage a private virtual hosting server, but at the same time are in need of more power and features than a Virtual Private Server can confer to them. This is like that owing to the fact that the semi-dedicated servers share the resources of the same powerful first-rate hosting servers as the ones which accommodate the VPS web hosting packages, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is quite low (somewhere between 20 to 30 per physical machine), while the VPS web hosting servers can reach a much higher number (eighty to 120 per physical machine). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'Free Hostia' can be categorized as being very affordable (as far as cost is concerned), starting from $29.95 for the Boabab package.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

In 3u.lt's opinion, big websites such as social networks, community and business web portals or famous web storefronts with 1000s of customers demand a much more powerful website hosting solution. It appears that the fellows from 'Free Hostia' have drawn the same conclusion as well. To fulfil its users' demands, 'Free Hostia' delivers an assortment of dedicated servers that can manage millions of daily hits. That evaluation is based on the hardware specs the dedicated servers are offering: multi-core processors, up to four gigabytes of RAM, two thousand GB of web space and Gigabit NICs will definitely guarantee the quick and steady work of any type of site. According to 'Free Hostia', the primary hardware specifications can be upgraded for more resource-demanding sites. We, from 3u.lt, deem that all dedicated server accounts provided by 'Free Hostia' are also appropriate for beginning a hosting reseller business as every dedicated web hosting server includes free billing software and a bonus domain reseller account. Unlickily, the dedicated hosting servers provided by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at 3u.lt, think of this as a slight weak point, which can be rectified by paying a monthly fee which amounts to $32.00 USD. So, if you demand help, the Managed Services upgrade includes several additional services such as a regular backup, software installation, hosting server monitoring and troubleshooting operations. A bunch of site hosting Control Panel (CP) user interfaces are offered with each of the dedicated web servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (3u.lt's) prognosis is that the amazing drag-and-drop File Manager offered by the Hepsia web space hosting Control Panel will possibly render the use of any FTP software program pointless. Our (3u.lt's) inference is that the dedicated servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' don't seem to be very affordably priced (yet the Hepsia website hosting Control Panel and the unlimited hosted domain allowance will beyond doubt make you smile), starting from $139.95 for the Arctic plan.