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A review of Free Hostia

We, at digitalmedia.com.au, have chosen 'Free Hostia' to be our current domain name and web hosting distributor. Hence we expect that this concise evaluation of 'Free Hostia' is maybe going to be very useful for other individuals from all over the Globe who are looking for domain name and web hosting solutions. We say people from all around the World, because the simple truth is that 'Free Hostia' currently offers domain and hosting services in numerous server farm facility locations: in America (Chicago, IL), in Great Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thereby, encompassing virtually the whole planet. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'Free Hostia' in a nutshell:

Shared Web Page Hosting Solutions

The first detail we, at digitalmedia.com.au, have noted is the low-cost prices of the shared website hosting accounts offered by 'Free Hostia'. Shared doesn't sound very well, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared web hosting. The good news here is that the web hosting accounts delivered by 'Free Hostia' are powered by an in-house devised, avant-garde cloud web hosting platform (each hosting service, like electronic mail, databases, web space hosting CP, storage space, DNS, stats, etc., is being tackled by an independent pack of hosting servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance ANY cPanel web hosting vendor in the World will have enormous complications with, because cPanel is a one-server based web space hosting environment (each hosting service, such as mail, databases, site hosting Control Panel, disk space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being handled by a single web server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based hosting vendors are not able to add additional functionality and handle it the way they want it) and there is no open source file system (they must build their own file platform), which is the basis of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared web site hosting packages, which are powered by a real clustered site hosting platform. With a shared plan, each client pays solely for his/her package, thus retaining the hosting price really low (since a lot of users utilize the same web hosting server). In a nutshell, a shared hosting account, which runs on a clustered web site hosting platform, permits you to pay just for the reserves that you really demand, avoiding a situation where you pay for a feature-rich webspace hosting plan that you cannot really utilize, or for a tiny web space hosting plan that cannot host your site. The ability to upgrade your account from one package to another with only 2 mouse clicks gives you the flexibility to kick off with a low-end plan and upgrade as your site expands. So, you save money that you can spend on promoting the web page while it is still new. Each and every website hosting plan supplied by 'Free Hostia' includes an online web site builder and over forty widely used script-driven software applications including WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you hundreds of dollars for website design solutions. 'Free Hostia' delivers shared website hosting services in several different geographical regions around the World. There is one datacenter in Chicago encompassing the USA and Canada; two European datacenters - in the United Kingdom and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia-Pacific. That way, almost the whole planet is encompassed to supply you and your web site's visitors with a stable and dependable hosting service at a nearby place. All in all, the shared hosting solutions provided 'Free Hostia' are very well appointed and come at a very low price (starting from $0.00 for the Chocolate plan).

Semi-dedicated Hosting Servers

To customers with little or no experience, a virtual hosting server may seem tough to manage. That's probably why 'Free Hostia' also stores semi-dedicated hosting servers in its main North American data center facility in Chicago. Managing these plans is comparable to managing a conventional shared website hosting package through a website hosting Control Panel tool. They have all the specs of a shared web hosting plan such as a free-of-charge website building tool and a script installation tool, but the system resource quota provided by a semi-dedicated web server package is many times greater than that of a shared web space hosting package. For example, the CPU power that can be used is almost FIVE times as much as compared with the shared web page hosting accounts. When juxtaposed to a shared hosting package, the number of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting accounts is great: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted Top-Level Domain quota is a norm too. The semi-dedicated hosting server plans do not offer server root access (we, at digitalmedia.com.au, count this as a small problem), but the advantage is that they are managed via the very same web page hosting CP GUI as the shared website hosting packages. This suggests that a recognizable graphical user interface is offered to all customers who are not confident enough to handle a virtual private web hosting server, but at the same time need more power and resources than a VPS hosting server can supply them with. This is like that because the semi-dedicated servers share the reserves of the very same powerful first-class web servers as the ones which accommodate the VPS server web hosting accounts, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated web hosting servers is quite low (somewhere between 20 to 30 per physical machine), whereas the Virtual Private Servers can reach a much higher number (eighty to 120 per server). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'Free Hostia' can be classified as being quite affordable (as far as price is concerned), starting from $29.95 for the Boabab plan.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

According to digitalmedia.com.au, large websites such as social networks, community and business portals or popular online stores with thousands of customers call for a much more powerful web site hosting solution. It appears that the fellows from 'Free Hostia' have drawn the same conclusion as well. To satisfy its customers' demands, 'Free Hostia' offers an array of dedicated web hosting servers that can tackle millions of daily visits. That evaluation rests on the hardware specs the web servers boast: many-core processors, up to four GB of RAM, two thousand GB of data storage and Gigabit network interface cards will definitely guarantee the fast and steady performance of any type of web site. According to 'Free Hostia', the original hardware configurations can be upgraded for more system resource-demanding sites. We, from digitalmedia.com.au, consider that all dedicated server solutions provided by 'Free Hostia' are also suitable for kickstarting a hosting reseller business as each dedicated hosting server ships with free-of-cost billing transaction software and a charge-free domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated web servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at digitalmedia.com.au, regard this as a little minus, which can be amended by paying a monthly fee which amounts to $32.00 USD. So, if you are in need of help, the Managed Services upgrade includes a few additional services such as a regular backup, software installation, dedicated hosting server surveillance and troubleshooting procedures. A handful of Control Panel (CP) user interfaces are available with each of the dedicated web hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (digitalmedia.com.au's) forecast is that the remarkable drag-and-drop File Manager available in the Hepsia site hosting CP will possibly make the utilization of any File Transfer Protocol software useless. Our (digitalmedia.com.au's) inference is that the dedicated servers furnished by 'Free Hostia' don't seem to be very affordably priced (yet the Hepsia website hosting CP and the unlimited hosted domain allowance will no doubt make you smile), commencing from $139.95 for the Arctic package.