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A review of Free Hostia

We, at schmed.com, have chosen 'Free Hostia' to be our present domain and hosting provider. This is why we think that this brief assessment of 'Free Hostia' is maybe going to be very useful for other individuals from all over the Globe who need domain name and web hosting solutions. We say people from all around the Globe, because the simple fact is that 'Free Hostia' presently furnishes domain and hosting services in numerous server farm locations: in the United States (Chicago, IL), in Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, embracing nearly the whole Globe. At least from the point of view of the Internet. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'Free Hostia' in brief:

Shared Web Hosting Solutions

The first thing we, at schmed.com, have noticed is the inexpensive prices of the shared webspace hosting solutions furnished 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 website hosting plans supplied by 'Free Hostia' are powered by a custom developed, cutting edge cloud web hosting solution (each hosting service, such as mail, databases, web page hosting CP, disk storage, DNS, stats, etc., is being dealt with by an individual pack of hosting servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance ANY cPanel web hosting corporation in the World will have huge difficulties with, since cPanel is a single server based web site hosting environment (each web hosting service, like electronic mail, databases, hosting Control Panel, data storage, DNS, stats, and so on, is being tackled by one and the same web server), cPanel is not open source (that is why the cPanel website hosting vendors cannot add extra functionality and handle it the way they need it) and there is no open source file system (they must make their own file platform), which is the precondition of any cloud web hosting service. Let's return to the shared web site hosting packages, which are driven by an actual clustered site hosting solution. With a shared web page hosting plan, each customer pays only for his/her account, thus maintaining the web site hosting price really low (because multiple users utilize one and the same server). In brief, a shared hosting plan, which is being served by a clustered website hosting solution, enables you to pay only for the resources that you actually need, averting a scenario where you pay for a high-end web space hosting account that you cannot really utilize, or for a basic web hosting package that cannot accommodate your web page. The ability to upgrade your account from one plan to another with just two mouse clicks gives you the flexibility to kick off with a small plan and upgrade as your web site expands. In this way, you spare cash that you can expend on promoting the site while it is still brand new. Each web page hosting account supplied by 'Free Hostia' includes an online website builder and more than 40 popular script-driven software applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you hundreds of dollars for web page design solutions. 'Free Hostia' distributes shared site hosting plans in a number of different geographical regions around the World. There is one data center in Chicago encompassing the United States and Canada; 2 European server farms - in Great Britain and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia-Pacific. That way, almost the entire planet is covered to present you and your web site's visitors with a stable and dependable webspace hosting solution at a nearby location. On the whole, the shared hosting services furnished 'Free Hostia' are really well furnished and come at an excellent price (starting from $0.00 for the Chocolate package).

Semi-dedicated Web Hosting Servers

To users with little or no experience, a virtual web hosting server may appear problematic to manage. That's perhaps why 'Free Hostia' also keeps semi-dedicated servers in its principal United States datacenter in Chicago. Handling these accounts is comparable to administering a normal shared web page hosting account via a web page hosting Control Panel interface. They have all the functionalities of a shared webspace hosting package such as a fee-free site builder and a web app installer, but the system resource quota provided by a semi-dedicated web server account is many times larger than that of a shared webspace hosting plan. For instance, the CPU power that can be used is approximately FIVE times as much as compared to the shared web site hosting packages. When contrasted with a shared website hosting package, the quota of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting plans is big: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted domain name quota is a principle too. The semi-dedicated server web hosting packages do not come with complete root access (we, at schmed.com, deem this a slight drawback), but the benefit is that they are managed through the very same web hosting Control Panel user interface as the shared hosting packages. This suggests that a known graphical interface is offered to all clients who do not have enough confidence to handle a virtual private web server, yet require more power and supplies than a VPS web hosting server can deliver. This is like that because of the fact that the semi-dedicated servers share the resources of the very same powerful high-end servers as the ones which host the virtual private web server accounts, however, the number of the semi-dedicated hosting servers is quite small (somewhere between 20 to thirty per physical server), while the VPS hosting servers can reach a much greater number (eighty to 120 per physical server). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'Free Hostia' can be classified as being very affordable (as far as price is concerned), commencing from $29.95 for the Boabab package.

Dedicated Servers

According to schmed.com, big web sites such as social networks, community and corporate portals or popular web storefronts with thousands of clients call for a much more powerful web page hosting solution. It appears that the chaps from 'Free Hostia' have arrived at the same conclusion too. To live up to its clients' needs, 'Free Hostia' supplies a number of dedicated servers that can tackle millions of daily visits. That evaluation rests on the hardware specs the hosting servers arrive with: multi-core processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, 2000 gigabytes of web space and Gigabit network cards will no doubt guarantee the quick and steady work of any sort of website. In 'Free Hostia's opinion, the primary hardware specs can be upgraded for more resource-demanding sites. We, from schmed.com, believe that all dedicated server packages delivered by 'Free Hostia' are also appropriate for initiating a hosting reseller business as each and every hosting server arrives with free-of-charge billing software platform and a fee-free domain reseller account. Unlickily, the dedicated hosting servers provided by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at schmed.com, deem this a slight downside, which can be righted by paying a monthly tax which amounts to $32.00 USD. So, if you require aid, the Managed Services upgrade offers a bouquet of supplementary services such as a regular backup, software installation, hosting server monitoring and troubleshooting operations. A handful of hosting CP (CP) GUIs are available with each of the servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (schmed.com's) prediction is that the remarkable drag and drop File Manager added in the Hepsia web site hosting Control Panel will possibly render the use of any FTP client pointless. Our (schmed.com's) conclusion is that the dedicated servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' don't seem to be very cheap (yet the Hepsia Control Panel and the unlimited hosted domain name allowance will no doubt make you smile), commencing from $139.95 for the Arctic plan.