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An evaluation of Free Hostia

We, at mfl.info, have picked 'Free Hostia' to be our present domain name and hosting provider. Therefore we suppose that this short review of 'Free Hostia' is maybe going to be quite useful for other folks from all around the World who are looking for domain name and web hosting services. We say people from all around the Globe, because the mere fact is that 'Free Hostia' currently furnishes domain and hosting services in numerous data center facility locations: in the United States (Chicago, IL), in England (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thereby, embracing practically the entire Globe. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'Free Hostia' in a nutshell:

Shared Site Hosting Solutions

The first thing we, at mfl.info, have spotted is the affordable prices of the shared web site hosting solutions provided by 'Free Hostia'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is called: shared web hosting. The good news here is that the web space hosting packages offered by 'Free Hostia' are powered by an in-house created, cutting edge cloud web hosting solution (each hosting service, like email, databases, webspace hosting CP, storage space, DNS, stats, etc., is being served by a separate bunch of web hosting servers in a cluster). This is something ANY cPanel web hosting provider in the World will have colossal troubles with, since cPanel is a one single server based website hosting environment (each web hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, disk storage, DNS, statistics, etc., runs on a single web hosting server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based web site hosting companies are unable to include extra functionality and handle it the way they want it) and there is no open source file system (they have to build their own file system), which is the precondition of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared web hosting accounts, which are powered by a real cloud webspace hosting solution. With a shared web hosting account, each customer pays only for his/her package, thus keeping the website hosting price very low (since plenty of users use one and the same web server). To cut a long story short, a shared hosting account, which runs on a clustered website hosting solution, enables you to pay only for the resources that you actually demand, refraining from a scenario where you pay for a feature-rich hosting package that you cannot really use, or for a tiny website hosting account that cannot accommodate your site. The possibility to upgrade your account from one package to another with only 2 clicks of the mouse gives you the flexibility to kick off with a basic package and upgrade as your web page expands. That way, you economize cash that you can expend on publicizing the website while it is still new. Every hosting package furnished by 'Free Hostia' comes with an online site building tool and over forty widely used script-driven software platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you 100s of dollars for web design solutions. 'Free Hostia' provides shared website hosting accounts in several different regions around the World. There is one server farm facility in Chicago covering the United States of America and Canada; two European server farm facilities - in England and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia-Pacific region. In this way, almost the whole Globe is encompassed to supply you and your web page's visitors with a stable and dependable web site hosting service at a convenient place. All in all, the shared hosting solutions furnished 'Free Hostia' are really well appointed and come at a very reasonable price (beginning from $0.00 for the Chocolate package).

Semi-dedicated Hosting Servers

To customers with little or no practice, a VPS web server may seem hard to handle. That's probably why 'Free Hostia' also stores semi-dedicated web hosting servers in its principal US datacenter facility in Chicago. Handling these plans is similar to handling a typical shared plan via a web hosting Control Panel tool. They have all the features of a shared plan such as a free-of-cost site builder and a script installer, but the amount of system resources provided by a semi-dedicated hosting account is many times larger than that of a shared hosting package. For example, the central processing unit power that can be utilized is about FIVE times as much as compared to the shared web space hosting packages. When juxtaposed to a shared web page hosting account, the number of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting accounts is immense: 90 000 / hour. An unmetered hosted domain allowance is a principle as well. The semi-dedicated web server plans do not arrive with complete root-level access (we, at mfl.info, regard this as a slight defect), but the benefit is that they are administered via the same hosting CP user interface as the shared site hosting packages. This means that a well-known graphical user interface is available to all users who are not self-confident enough to administer a virtual web server, yet require more power and resources than a virtual private web hosting server can deliver. This is so owing to the fact that the semi-dedicated servers share the resources of the same powerful high-class web servers as the ones which accommodate the virtual web server hosting plans, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is very small (somewhere between twenty to 30 per server), while the VPS web hosting servers can reach a much greater number (eighty to 120 per physical machine). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers offered by 'Free Hostia' can be categorized as being quite cheap (as far as price is concerned), commencing from $29.95 for the Boabab package.

Dedicated Web Servers

According to mfl.info, huge web pages such as social networks, community and corporate portals or famous web shops with 1000s of customers need a much more powerful site hosting platform. It seems that the fellows from 'Free Hostia' have drawn the same conclusion too. To answer its clients' demands, 'Free Hostia' supplies an assortment of dedicated web servers that can handle millions of daily hits. That estimate rests on the hardware specifications the web hosting servers have: multi-core processors, up to four GB of RAM, 2000 gigabytes of data storage and Gigabit network interface cards will no doubt guarantee the quick and stable work of any type of site. According to 'Free Hostia', the original hardware configurations can be upgraded for more resource-demanding web sites. We, from mfl.info, deem that all dedicated server configurations furnished by 'Free Hostia' are also appropriate for starting a hosting reseller business as every server offers free invoicing transaction software and a cost-free domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated hosting servers furnished by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at mfl.info, count this as a tiny problem, which can be amended by paying a monthly tax of $32.00 USD. So, if you need aid, the Managed Services upgrade offers a selection of additional services such as a routine backup, software installation, web hosting server monitoring and troubleshooting procedures. A bunch of web page hosting Control Panel (CP) tools are available with each of the dedicated web hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (mfl.info's) prediction is that the excellent drag and drop File Manager available in the Hepsia web site hosting CP will perhaps make the utilization of any FTP client useless. Our (mfl.info's) conclusion is that the dedicated servers furnished by 'Free Hostia' don't seem to be very affordably priced (still the Hepsia web site hosting CP and the unlimited hosted domain name allowance will beyond doubt make you smile), starting from $139.95 for the Arctic plan.