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A review of Free Hostia

We, at mugamug.com, have chosen 'Free Hostia' to be our present domain and hosting vendor. Hence we anticipate that this succinct evaluation of 'Free Hostia' is perchance going to be quite helpful for other folks from all around the World who are searching for domain name and web hosting services. We state individuals from all over the Globe, because the mere truth is that 'Free Hostia' currently provides domain and hosting services in multiple data center sites: in the US (Chicago, IL), in the UK (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thereby, covering almost the whole Earth. At least as far as the World Wide Web is concerned. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'Free Hostia' in a few words:

Shared Site Hosting Accounts

The initial thing we, at mugamug.com, have spotted is the affordable prices of the shared webspace hosting packages supplied 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 site hosting packages offered by 'Free Hostia' are powered by an in-house designed, leading edge cloud web hosting platform (each hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, site hosting Control Panel, data storage, DNS, statistics, etc., is being run on an individual group of web servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance EVERY cPanel web hosting corporation in the World will have mammoth troubles with, because cPanel is a one-server based web hosting environment (each web hosting service, like mail, databases, website hosting Control Panel, disk space, DNS, statistics, etc., is being tackled by a single hosting server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based web site hosting providers cannot include extra functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file platform (they need to make their own file system), which is the premise of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared website hosting accounts, which are driven by an actual cloud site hosting platform. With a shared site hosting package, each customer pays just for his/her package, thus keeping the price very low (because lots of customers share the same hosting server). In a nutshell, a shared hosting package, which runs on a cloud webspace hosting system, enables you to pay only for the reserves that you really require, avoiding a situation where you pay for a feature-rich web site hosting account that you cannot really utilize, or for a small web hosting account that cannot shelter your web site. The possibility to upgrade your account from one package to another with only two clicks grants you the flexibility to begin with a low-end plan and upgrade as your Internet presence expands. That way, you economize cash that you can spend on advertising the web page while it is still novel. Each webspace hosting package delivered by 'Free Hostia' comprises an online web site builder and over forty popular script-driven platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you hundreds of dollars for web design services. 'Free Hostia' delivers shared web space hosting packages in a number of different countries around the Globe. There is one server farm in Chicago encompassing the United States and Canada; 2 European datacenters - in Britain and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia-Pacific. Hence, approximately the whole Globe is covered to present you and your web site's visitors with a steady and fast webspace hosting solution at a nearby location. On the whole, the shared hosting accounts supplied 'Free Hostia' are quite well stocked and are available at a very good price (beginning from $0.00 for the Chocolate plan).

Semi-dedicated Servers

To people with little or no experience, a VPS server may seem complicated to handle. That's probably why 'Free Hostia' also stores semi-dedicated web servers in its principal American server farm facility in Chicago. Administering these plans is comparable to handling a standard shared web page hosting package through a CP GUI. They have all the features of a shared web space hosting plan such as a free-of-cost website builder and a web application installer, but the amount of system resources offered by a semi-dedicated web server package is many times larger than that of a shared website hosting package. For example, the central processing unit power that can be utilized is nearly FIVE times as much as compared with the shared website hosting packages. When contrasted with a shared website hosting package, the quota of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting plans is enormous: 90 000 / hour. An unmetered hosted Top-Level Domain quota is a trend as well. The semi-dedicated web server packages do not ship with full root access (we, at mugamug.com, think that this is a slight negative point), but the good point is that they are administered through the very same web page hosting CP GUI as the shared web space hosting accounts. This suggests that a recognizable GUI is available to all users who are not self-confident enough to handle a virtual server, yet demand more power and features than a Virtual Private Server can confer to them. This is so because of the fact that the semi-dedicated servers share the system resources of the same powerful first-class servers as the ones which host the VPS web hosting server packages, still, the number of the semi-dedicated web servers is quite small (somewhere between twenty to thirty per physical machine), while the VPS servers can reach a much higher number (eighty to a hundred and twenty per server). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' can be labeled as being very cheap (as far as cost is concerned), starting from $29.95 for the Boabab package.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

In mugamug.com's opinion, large web pages such as social networks, community and business portals or famous web shops with thousands of customers require a much more powerful site hosting solution. It seems that the blokes from 'Free Hostia' have come to the same conclusion too. To satisfy its customers' needs, 'Free Hostia' offers an assortment of dedicated servers that can cope with millions of daily visits. That estimation rests on the hardware specifications the dedicated web servers boast: Dual and Quad-core processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, two thousand gigabytes of storage space and Gigabit network cards will undoubtedly ensure the quick and stable performance of any kind of web site. In 'Free Hostia's opinion, the original hardware specifications can be upgraded for more resource-requiring websites. We, from mugamug.com, deem that all dedicated server plans provided by 'Free Hostia' are also suitable for commencing a hosting reseller business as each web hosting server offers free-of-charge invoice transaction software and a cost-free domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated web hosting servers offered by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at mugamug.com, think of this as a small negative point, which can be righted by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD. So, if you need aid, the Managed Services upgrade provides a bunch of additional services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated web hosting server surveillance and troubleshooting operations. A number of site hosting Control Panel (CP) user interfaces are available with each of the web hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (mugamug.com's) prediction is that the great point-and-click File Manager included in the Hepsia web space hosting Control Panel will perhaps make the use of any FTP software program pointless. Our (mugamug.com's) inference is that the dedicated servers furnished by 'Free Hostia' don't appear to be very inexpensive (still the Hepsia web site hosting CP and the unmetered hosted domain name allowance will no doubt make you smile), commencing from $139.95 for the Arctic plan.