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An assessment of Free Hostia

We, at catsinthegarden.com, have picked 'Free Hostia' to be our current domain name and hosting provider. Hence we imagine that this succinct evaluation of 'Free Hostia' is maybe going to be quite useful for other folks from all around the World in need of domain name and web hosting solutions. We say people from all over the World, since the simple truth is that 'Free Hostia' currently supplies domain and hosting services in numerous data center locations: in North America (Chicago, IL), in the UK (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). That way, covering approximately the entire World. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could expect from 'Free Hostia' in brief:

Shared Webspace Hosting Plans

The initial detail we, at catsinthegarden.com, have noted is the reasonable prices of the shared webspace hosting accounts offered by 'Free Hostia'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared web hosting. The good thing here is that the web space hosting packages furnished by 'Free Hostia' are powered by an in-house created, state-of-the-art cloud web hosting platform (each hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, web space hosting CP, data storage, DNS, statistics, etc., is being run on a different set of hosting servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance EVERY cPanel web hosting vendor on the Globe will have huge troubles with, because cPanel is a one-server based web space hosting environment (each hosting service, such as email, databases, Control Panel, web space, DNS, statistics, etc., is being dealt with by one and the same web server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based web site hosting firms are unable to include new functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file platform (they must develop their own file system), which is the precondition of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared website hosting plans, which are powered by an authentic cloud site hosting solution. With a shared web site hosting package, each customer pays just for his/her package, thus keeping the web space hosting price very low (because a lot of customers are hosted on the same server). In a few words, a shared hosting account, which runs on a clustered site hosting system, permits you to pay solely for the resources that you really need, escaping a situation where you pay for a feature-rich web space hosting package that you cannot truly utilize, or for a basic web hosting plan that cannot shelter your web site. The possibility to upgrade your account from one plan to another with just 2 mouse clicks gives you the flexibility to start with a basic plan and upgrade as your Internet presence expands. So, you spare cash that you can spend on publicizing the site while it is still new. Each and every site hosting account furnished by 'Free Hostia' comprises an online site building tool and over forty popular script-driven software applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will save you 100s of dollars for web page design services. 'Free Hostia' delivers shared webspace hosting solutions in a number of different regions around the World. There is one data center in Chicago encompassing the United States and Canada; two European data centers - in Britain and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia-Pacific. That way, almost the whole planet is covered to provide you and your website's visitors with a stable and reliable web site hosting service at a preferred place. All in all, the shared hosting accounts offered 'Free Hostia' are really well equipped and are available at a very modest price (beginning from $0.00 for the Chocolate plan).

Semi-dedicated Hosting Servers

To clients with little to no experience, a VPS web hosting server may seem problematic to manage. That's perhaps why 'Free Hostia' also houses semi-dedicated web hosting servers in its main North American server farm in Chicago. Managing these accounts is similar to administering a standard shared account through a webspace hosting Control Panel interface. They have all the specs of a shared account such as a free website builder and a PHP script installer, but the system resource quota offered by a semi-dedicated web server hosting package is many times bigger than that of a shared web page hosting plan. For instance, the central processing unit power that can be used is almost FIVE times as much as compared with the shared website hosting packages. When juxtaposed to a shared web space hosting plan, the quota of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting plans is vast: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted top-level domain name quota is a pattern as well. The semi-dedicated packages do not offer full server root access (we, at catsinthegarden.com, consider this a slight negative point), but the good point is that they are managed via the same web hosting CP user interface as the shared hosting plans. This implies that a known graphical interface is accessible by all clients who do not feel confident enough to handle a private virtual hosting server, yet need more power and system resources than a private virtual web server can provide them with. This is so because of the fact that the semi-dedicated hosting servers share the resources of the same powerful high-class web hosting servers as the ones which accommodate the virtual hosting server plans, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is very small (somewhere between 20 to 30 per physical server), while the virtual private web servers can reach a much higher number (80 to 120 per server). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'Free Hostia' can be labeled as being quite inexpensive (as far as price is concerned), beginning from $29.95 for the Boabab plan.

Dedicated Web Servers

In catsinthegarden.com's opinion, enormous sites such as social networks, community and corporate web portals or popular web stores with 1000s of customers request a much more powerful website hosting platform. It appears that the guys from 'Free Hostia' have arrived at the same conclusion as well. To satisfy its clients' expectations, 'Free Hostia' provides a number of dedicated web servers that can cope with millions of daily visits. That estimate is based on the hardware specs the web servers include: many-core processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, two thousand gigabytes of disk space and Gigabit network cards will undoubtedly guarantee the quick and stable performance of any sort of website. In 'Free Hostia's opinion, the original hardware specifications can be upgraded for more resource-demanding websites. We, from catsinthegarden.com, consider that all dedicated server packages provided by 'Free Hostia' are also suitable for launching a hosting reseller business as every dedicated server arrives with free invoicing software and a cost-free domain reseller account. Unlickily, the dedicated servers furnished by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at catsinthegarden.com, think of this as a small weakness, which can be adjusted by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD. So, if you are in need of support, the Managed Services upgrade provides a number of additional services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated server monitoring and troubleshooting procedures. A handful of webspace hosting CP (CP) tools are available with each of the hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (catsinthegarden.com's) forecast is that the great point and click File Manager offered by the Hepsia web page hosting CP will probably render the use of any FTP software program useless. Our (catsinthegarden.com's) inference is that the dedicated servers supplied by 'Free Hostia' don't seem to be very cheap (yet the Hepsia web page hosting Control Panel and the unmetered hosted domain allowance will undoubtedly make you smile), beginning from $139.95 for the Arctic package.