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A survey of Free Hostia

We, at i-belgien.be, have selected 'Free Hostia' to be our present domain and web hosting distributor. Hence we anticipate that this brief review of 'Free Hostia' is probably going to be quite useful for other people from all over the Globe in need of domain name and web hosting solutions. We state people from all over the World, because the mere truth is that 'Free Hostia' currently supplies domain and hosting services in numerous data center facility locations: in the United States (Chicago, IL), in Great Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, covering almost the whole planet. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could expect from 'Free Hostia' in a few words:

Shared Site Hosting Services

The initial thing we, at i-belgien.be, have detected is the reasonable prices of the shared webspace hosting solutions delivered 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 space hosting plans provided by 'Free Hostia' are driven by a custom built, innovative cloud web hosting platform (each hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, web space hosting CP, storage space, DNS, stats, etc., is being dealt with by an autonomous host of servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance ANY cPanel web hosting firm on the Earth will have mammoth predicaments with, since cPanel is a one single server based web site hosting platform (each web hosting service, like email, databases, hosting Control Panel, storage space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being tackled by one single web hosting server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based webspace hosting companies cannot add additional functionality and handle it the way they need it) and there is no open source file platform (they have to develop their own file system), which is the foundation of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared web page hosting plans, which are powered by a real cloud web page hosting system. With a shared web page hosting account, each customer pays only for his/her plan, thus keeping the price amazingly low (because plenty of clients are hosted on the same web hosting server). In a few words, a shared hosting package, which is being served by a clustered website hosting system, permits you to pay just for the reserves that you really require, avoiding a scenario where you pay for a powerful site hosting package that you cannot truly utilize, or for a basic website hosting account that cannot accommodate your site. The option to upgrade your account from one plan to another with only 2 mouse clicks grants you the flexibility to kick off with a small package and upgrade as your site grows. So, you save money that you can invest in promoting the site while it is still novel. Every web space hosting plan furnished by 'Free Hostia' offers an online site builder and more than forty widely used script software applications among them WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will economize you 100s of dollars for web site design services. 'Free Hostia' delivers shared web site hosting services in several different geographical regions around the Globe. There is one server farm facility in Chicago covering the US and Canada; 2 European server farms - in England and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia-Pacific. Thus, approximately the whole Earth is covered to supply you and your website's visitors with a steady and reliable web hosting service at a preferred location. As a whole, the shared hosting solutions supplied 'Free Hostia' are very well furnished and come at an affordable price (starting from $0.00 for the Chocolate plan).

Semi-dedicated Hosting Servers

To people with little to no practice, a virtual web hosting server may seem hard to manage. That's probably why 'Free Hostia' also offers semi-dedicated hosting servers in its principal American server farm facility in Chicago. Administering these plans is similar to administering a typical shared web hosting package through a web space hosting CP tool. They have all the functionalities of a shared web page hosting plan such as a fee-free site builder and a PHP script installation tool, but the amount of system resources offered by a semi-dedicated server plan is many times bigger than that of a shared web page hosting package. For instance, the central processing unit power that can be used is nearly 5 times as much as compared with the shared web space hosting accounts. When matched against a shared site hosting package, the quota of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting packages is enormous: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted TLD quota is a rule too. The semi-dedicated server packages do not ship with complete root-level access (we, at i-belgien.be, deem this a slight drawback), but the benefit is that they are managed through the very same website hosting Control Panel GUI as the shared web space hosting plans. This signifies that a familiar graphical user interface is accessible by all customers who do not have enough confidence to administer a VPS web server, yet demand more power and features than a VPS can furnish them with. This is like that owing to the fact that the semi-dedicated web hosting servers share the system resources of the same powerful high-end servers as the ones which accommodate the virtual private hosting server plans, however, the number of the semi-dedicated web servers is quite low (somewhere between twenty to 30 per server), while the virtual private web hosting servers can reach a much higher number (eighty to a hundred and twenty per physical machine). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' can be categorized as being quite cheap (as far as price is concerned), starting from $29.95 for the Boabab package.

Dedicated Web Servers

In i-belgien.be's opinion, big sites such as social networks, community and corporate web portals or famous web stores with 1000s of clients require a much more powerful web space hosting platform. It seems that the blokes from 'Free Hostia' have arrived at the same conclusion as well. To meet its clients' needs, 'Free Hostia' provides a bouquet of dedicated servers that can handle millions of daily hits. That estimation stands on the hardware specifications the servers boast: Dual and Quad-core processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, 2000 gigabytes of disk storage and Gigabit NICs will no doubt ensure the quick and stable work of any sort of site. In 'Free Hostia's opinion, the original hardware configurations can be upgraded for more system resource-requiring sites. We, from i-belgien.be, believe that all dedicated server packages furnished by 'Free Hostia' are also appropriate for kickstarting a hosting reseller business as every dedicated web server comes with free-of-charge invoice transaction software platform and a free domain reseller account. Unlickily, the dedicated web hosting servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at i-belgien.be, count this as a minor defect, which can be adjusted by paying a monthly tax which amounts to $32.00 USD. So, if you demand aid, the Managed Services upgrade offers several extra services such as a regular backup, software installation, web hosting server surveillance and troubleshooting procedures. A bouquet of Control Panel (CP) user interfaces are offered with each of the dedicated servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (i-belgien.be's) prognosis is that the splendid drag-and-drop File Manager available in the Hepsia web hosting Control Panel will perhaps render the recourse to any FTP software program futile. Our (i-belgien.be's) conclusion is that the dedicated servers furnished by 'Free Hostia' don't seem to be very low priced (still the Hepsia site hosting CP and the unlimited hosted domain quotas will no doubt make you smile), starting from $139.95 for the Arctic plan.