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An evaluation of Free Hostia

We, at, have picked 'Free Hostia' to be our current domain and hosting provider. Hence we presume that this succinct review of 'Free Hostia' is probably going to be very helpful for other people from all around the Globe who seek domain name and web hosting solutions. We state folks from all over the Globe, because the mere truth is that 'Free Hostia' currently distributes domain and hosting services in several data center locations: in North America (Chicago, IL), in the United Kingdom (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thereby, covering almost the entire World. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'Free Hostia' in a few words:

Shared Site Hosting Solutions

The first thing we, at, have seen is the modest prices of the shared web hosting accounts provided 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 news here is that the website hosting plans provided by 'Free Hostia' are powered by an in-house designed, innovative cloud web hosting platform (each web hosting service, such as mail, databases, site hosting CP, disk space, DNS, stats, etc., is being dealt with by a separate group of web servers in a cluster). This is something ANY cPanel web hosting provider on the Globe will have mammoth difficulties with, since cPanel is a single server based web hosting platform (each hosting service, such as mail, databases, website hosting Control Panel, storage space, DNS, statistics, etc., is being run on a single web hosting server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based web hosting corporations are not able to include additional functionality and handle it the way they want it) and there is no open source file system (they need to create their own file system), which is the premise of any cloud web hosting service. Let's return to the shared site hosting packages, which are driven by a real clustered web page hosting solution. With a shared package, each client pays just for his/her account, thus maintaining the price amazingly low (because multiple users utilize the same web hosting server). In a nutshell, a shared hosting account, which is being served by a cloud web space hosting solution, permits you to pay only for the resources that you actually need, refraining from a situation where you pay for a high-end web space hosting plan that you cannot truly use, or for a low-end website hosting package that cannot handle your website. The option to upgrade your account from one package to another with only two clicks of the mouse gives you the flexibility to start with a basic plan and upgrade as your web page grows. In this way, you economize funds that you can expend on advertising the web site while it is still new. Every web hosting package provided by 'Free Hostia' includes an online site builder and more than forty popular script-driven software platforms including WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will economize you hundreds of dollars for web site design services. 'Free Hostia' provides shared web space hosting packages in several different regions around the Globe. There is one data center facility in Chicago covering the United States of America and Canada; 2 European data center facilities - in Great Britain and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia Pacific region. Hence, almost the entire Globe is covered to supply you and your website's visitors with a steady and reliable website hosting solution at a nearby place. On the whole, the shared hosting plans provided 'Free Hostia' are very well stocked and come at a budget price (starting from $0.00 for the Chocolate plan).

Semi-dedicated Servers

To people with little to no experience, a private virtual server may appear tough to administer. That's perhaps why 'Free Hostia' also hosts semi-dedicated web servers in its main United States server farm facility in Chicago. Administering these accounts is comparable to managing a regular shared web space hosting plan via a web hosting CP user interface. They have all the features of a shared web space hosting account such as a free website builder and a script installation tool, but the system resource quota typical of a semi-dedicated hosting server plan is many times greater than that of a shared package. For example, the central processing unit power that can be utilized is about 5 times as much as compared to the shared hosting packages. When compared with a shared web space hosting package, the quota of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting accounts is immense: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted domain quota is a standard as well. The semi-dedicated server hosting plans do not offer server root access (we, at, think of this as a minor negative point), but the benefit is that they are managed via the same web space hosting CP GUI as the shared webspace hosting plans. This implies that a well-known GUI is offered to all clients who do not feel confident enough to administer a virtual hosting server, yet need more power and system resources than a Virtual Private Server can supply them with. This is like that because the semi-dedicated servers share the resources of the same powerful high-class hosting servers as the ones which host the private virtual server hosting accounts, still, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is very low (somewhere between 20 to 30 per server), while the virtual private hosting servers can reach a much greater number (80 to 120 per physical server). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers offered by 'Free Hostia' can be dubbed as being amazingly inexpensive (as far as cost is concerned), commencing from $29.95 for the Boabab plan.

Dedicated Servers

According to, huge sites such as social networks, community and business portals or popular web storefronts with thousands of customers require a much more powerful web space hosting platform. It seems that the folks from 'Free Hostia' have reached the same conclusion too. To meet its users' needs, 'Free Hostia' provides an array of dedicated servers that can tackle millions of daily hits. That estimation is based on the hardware configurations the web servers come with: many-core processors, up to 4 gigabytes of RAM, 2000 GB of storage space and Gigabit network interface cards will no doubt ensure the fast and steady work of any kind of web site. In 'Free Hostia's opinion, the primary hardware specs can be upgraded for more resource-requiring websites. We, from, consider that all dedicated server packages supplied by 'Free Hostia' are also appropriate for launching a hosting reseller business as every dedicated hosting server comes with free-of-cost invoicing software platform and a free domain reseller account. Sadly, the dedicated web hosting servers offered by 'Free Hostia' are all unmanaged. We, at, think of this as a slight negative point, which can be adjusted by paying a monthly tax of $32.00 USD. So, if you are in need of help, the Managed Services upgrade includes a bouquet of supplementary services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated server monitoring and troubleshooting operations. Several site hosting CP (CP) interfaces are offered with each of the web servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our ('s) prognosis is that the impressive point and click File Manager included in the Hepsia website hosting CP will probably make the utilization of any FTP client useless. Our ('s) conclusion is that the dedicated servers delivered by 'Free Hostia' don't appear to be very modestly priced (still the Hepsia web site hosting Control Panel and the unlimited hosted domain allowance will beyond doubt make you smile), commencing from $139.95 for the Arctic plan.