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A review of Free Hostia

We, at chat2k.com, have chosen 'Free Hostia' to be our current domain name and web hosting provider. Therefore we imagine that this short assessment of 'Free Hostia' is perhaps going to be quite useful for other folks from all around the World who are searching for domain name and web hosting solutions. We state people from all over the Globe, since the simple fact is that 'Free Hostia' presently provides domain and hosting services in numerous data center facility locations: in the USA (Chicago, IL), in England (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). That way, embracing nearly the entire Earth. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could expect from 'Free Hostia' in brief:

Shared Site Hosting Packages

The initial detail we, at chat2k.com, have noted is the cheap prices of the shared site hosting services delivered by 'Free Hostia'. Shared doesn't sound very well, does it? Well, that's what it is called: shared hosting. The good news here is that the website hosting packages provided by 'Free Hostia' are driven by a custom designed, leading edge cloud web hosting solution (each hosting service, like mail, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, disk space, DNS, stats, and so on, runs on an autonomous stack of hosting servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance EVERY cPanel web hosting firm in the World will have great troubles with, because cPanel is a one single server based webspace hosting platform (each hosting service, such as email, databases, web hosting Control Panel, data storage, DNS, statistics, etc., is being dealt with by one and the same hosting server), cPanel is not open source (hence the cPanel webspace hosting distributors are unable to add additional functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file platform (they must set up their own file system), which is at the heart of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared web page hosting packages, which are powered by a real clustered web page hosting solution. With a shared website hosting account, each customer pays solely for his/her account, thus keeping the site hosting price really low (since multiple users are hosted on the same web server). In brief, a shared hosting package, which is hosted on a clustered web hosting platform, allows you to pay solely for the reserves that you really demand, refraining from a scenario where you pay for a powerful web page hosting package that you cannot really utilize, or for a tiny web hosting plan that cannot accommodate your site. The option to upgrade your account from one package to another with just two clicks grants you the flexibility to begin with a low-end package and upgrade as your web site expands. So, you economize capital that you can invest in advertising the site while it is still novel. Each site hosting package provided by 'Free Hostia' comprises an online site building tool and over 40 widely used script software platforms including WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will economize you hundreds of dollars for web site design services. 'Free Hostia' distributes shared web page hosting packages in a number of different geographical regions across the World. There is one server farm facility in Chicago encompassing the US and Canada; 2 European data centers - in the UK and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia Pacific. Thus, nearly the whole World is covered to present you and your web page's visitors with a stable and reliable hosting solution at a convenient place. All in all, the shared hosting plans furnished 'Free Hostia' are really well stocked and are available at a low-cost price (beginning from $0.00 for the Chocolate plan).

Semi-dedicated Servers

To users with little to no experience, a VPS web hosting server may seem problematic to handle. That's perhaps why 'Free Hostia' also keeps semi-dedicated web hosting servers in its main US data center in Chicago. Administering these accounts is comparable to managing a regular shared site hosting account via a hosting CP GUI. They have all the features of a shared website hosting plan such as a fee-free web site builder and a script installer, but the amount of system resources typical of a semi-dedicated web hosting plan is many times bigger than that of a shared web space hosting package. For example, the central processing unit power that can be utilized is about 5 times as much as compared with the shared web hosting packages. When compared with a shared website hosting plan, the number of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting packages is great: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted domain allowance is a principle too. The semi-dedicated server plans do not come with server root access (we, at chat2k.com, think of this as a tiny disadvantage), but the plus is that they are administered through the very same webspace hosting CP GUI as the shared web site hosting accounts. This suggests that a familiar GUI is accessible by all customers who do not feel self-confident enough to administer a virtual private web hosting server, but at the same time need more power and system resources than a VPS web server can give them. This is so due to the fact that the semi-dedicated hosting servers share the system resources of the very same powerful ultramodern web servers as the ones which host the VPS plans, however, the number of the semi-dedicated hosting servers is very low (somewhere between 20 to thirty per physical server), while the VPSs can reach a much greater number (eighty to one hundred and twenty per physical machine). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' can be branded as being very cheap (as far as cost is concerned), commencing from $29.95 for the Boabab package.

Dedicated Web Servers

According to chat2k.com, big websites such as social networks, community and corporate web portals or popular online shops with 1000s of clients call for a much more powerful web page hosting platform. It seems that the fellows from 'Free Hostia' have drawn the same conclusion too. To answer its clients' demands, 'Free Hostia' delivers a number of dedicated servers that can tackle millions of daily hits. That assessment rests on the hardware configurations the dedicated hosting servers come with: Dual and Quad-core processors, up to 4 gigabytes of RAM, two thousand GB of disk space and Gigabit network cards will definitely guarantee the fast and stable performance of any sort of web site. According to 'Free Hostia', the original hardware configurations can be upgraded for more resource-requiring sites. We, from chat2k.com, deem that all dedicated server plans furnished by 'Free Hostia' are also appropriate for initiating a hosting reseller business as every dedicated web hosting server provides free billing software and a charge-free domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated servers provided by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at chat2k.com, regard this as a minor negative point, which can be righted by paying a monthly fee which amounts to $32.00 USD. So, if you demand help, the Managed Services upgrade offers a bouquet of additional services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated hosting server surveillance and troubleshooting procedures. An array of webspace hosting Control Panel (CP) interfaces are available with each of the dedicated web hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (chat2k.com's) prediction is that the splendid drag and drop File Manager offered by the Hepsia web hosting Control Panel will possibly render the utilization of any FTP software useless. Our (chat2k.com's) inference is that the dedicated servers offered by 'Free Hostia' don't appear to be very low priced (still the Hepsia web hosting CP and the unlimited hosted domain name allowance will definitely make you smile), beginning from $139.95 for the Arctic plan.