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A review of Free Hostia

We, at carpentrytools.org, have picked 'Free Hostia' to be our current domain name and web hosting supplier. Hence we consider that this brief review of 'Free Hostia' is probably going to be quite helpful for other people from all around the World in need of domain name and web hosting services. We state people from all around the World, because the simple fact is that 'Free Hostia' presently offers domain and hosting services in numerous data center facility locations: in America (Chicago, IL), in the United Kingdom (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, covering almost the entire World. At least from the point of view of the World Wide Web. So, here is what you could expect from 'Free Hostia' in short:

Shared Web Page Hosting Solutions

The initial thing we, at carpentrytools.org, have spotted is the budget prices of the shared web hosting accounts offered by 'Free Hostia'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is called: shared hosting. The good news here is that the hosting packages offered by 'Free Hostia' are driven by a custom built, ultramodern cloud web hosting solution (each web hosting service, such as email, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, disk storage, DNS, stats, etc., runs on an individual bunch of servers in a cluster). This is something ANY cPanel web hosting company on the Earth will have huge difficulties with, because cPanel is a single server based web page hosting platform (each web hosting service, like email, databases, hosting Control Panel, storage space, DNS, statistics, and so on, is being tackled by a single hosting server), cPanel is not open source (that is why the cPanel webspace hosting firms cannot add new functionality and manipulate it the way they want it) and there is no open source file system (they need to invent their own file platform), which is the premise of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared web hosting accounts, which are driven by an actual cloud web page hosting system. With a shared hosting account, each customer pays only for his/her plan, thus preserving the web space hosting price really low (since a lot of users use one and the same hosting server). In short, a shared hosting account, which is being served by a clustered web hosting solution, enables you to pay just for the reserves that you actually demand, avoiding a scenario where you pay for a feature-rich hosting account that you cannot truly use, or for a basic web space hosting account that cannot host your website. The option to upgrade your account from one package to another with just 2 clicks grants you the flexibility to commence with a small plan and upgrade as your web site expands. Thus, you save funds that you can spend on advertising the website while it is still new. Every hosting account furnished by 'Free Hostia' includes an online site building tool and over 40 popular script-driven platforms including WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you 100s of dollars for web site design services. 'Free Hostia' furnishes shared webspace hosting packages in several different countries across the Globe. There is one datacenter facility in Chicago covering the USA and Canada; two European datacenter facilities - in Britain and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia Pacific. That way, practically the entire World is covered to present you and your site's visitors with a steady and reliable site hosting solution at a convenient place. All in all, the shared hosting solutions offered 'Free Hostia' are quite well appointed and come at a low-cost price (starting from $0.00 for the Chocolate plan).

Semi-dedicated Web Servers

To users with little to no practice, a Virtual Private Server may seem problematic to manage. That's perhaps why 'Free Hostia' also keeps semi-dedicated servers in its main American server farm facility in Chicago. Administering these plans is similar to administering a standard shared hosting account via a website hosting Control Panel GUI. They have all the specs of a shared hosting plan such as a fee-free site builder and a web application installer, but the amount of system resources offered by a semi-dedicated hosting account is many times larger than that of a shared site hosting plan. For example, the central processing unit power that can be used is about FIVE times as much as compared with the shared site hosting accounts. When matched against a shared web page hosting account, the quota of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting plans is great: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted domain name quota is a trend as well. The semi-dedicated web hosting server plans do not arrive with root-level access (we, at carpentrytools.org, think of this as a small defect), but the good point is that they are administered via the same hosting Control Panel user interface as the shared web page hosting packages. This suggests that a recognizable GUI is offered to all customers who are not confident enough to manage a VPS, yet are in need of more power and system resources than a virtual private web hosting server can confer to them. This is like that because the semi-dedicated web hosting servers share the resources of the same powerful hyper-advanced web hosting servers as the ones which host the virtual web server hosting packages, however, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is very small (somewhere between twenty to 30 per server), while the virtual private web hosting servers can reach a much higher number (80 to 120 per server). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' can be defined as being very cheap (as far as price is concerned), beginning from $29.95 for the Boabab package.

Dedicated Web Servers

In carpentrytools.org's opinion, big web sites such as social networks, community and corporate web portals or famous web stores with thousands of customers call for a much more powerful hosting solution. It seems that the blokes from 'Free Hostia' have come to the same conclusion too. To meet its customers' demands, 'Free Hostia' delivers an assortment of dedicated servers that can cope with millions of daily hits. That estimate rests on the hardware configurations the web hosting servers ship with: many-core processors, up to four gigabytes of RAM, 2000 gigabytes of data storage and Gigabit network cards will definitely ensure the quick and stable performance of any sort of website. According to 'Free Hostia', the original hardware specs can be upgraded for more system resource-demanding sites. We, from carpentrytools.org, deem that all dedicated server specifications offered by 'Free Hostia' are also appropriate for setting up a hosting reseller business as each dedicated server provides free-of-charge invoice transaction software and a bonus domain reseller account. Sadly, the dedicated hosting servers provided by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at carpentrytools.org, think of this as a tiny negative point, which can be amended by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD. So, if you are in need of aid, the Managed Services upgrade offers a bunch of supplementary services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated web hosting server surveillance and troubleshooting procedures. Several webspace hosting CP (CP) user interfaces are offered with each of the dedicated servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (carpentrytools.org's) prediction is that the excellent point-and-click File Manager available in the Hepsia web space hosting Control Panel will probably make the recourse to any FTP software futile. Our (carpentrytools.org's) inference is that the dedicated servers offered by 'Free Hostia' don't appear to be very modestly priced (yet the Hepsia web page hosting CP and the unlimited hosted domain quotas will undoubtedly make you smile), starting from $139.95 for the Arctic package.