Free Hostia review
This review cover a general impression of freehostia.com product features like reliability, support, data center, price & more. Brand #12921, listed since .
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Good luck, you are going to need it. When I challenged them on it, they sent an email that I would need to upgrade to a paid package to get SMTP, and etc.
I really cannot complain about any of their services in the 5 months or so I've had the pleasure of using their services. First, getting a free hosting accounting that offered so much was awesome (I cannot upgrade as yet due to financial constrains). Features are sufficient for my current needs. I am yet to test their MySQL database. feature. In all the time that I've been with them (minus a week or so teething problems, when I started and was getting acquainted) I can unreservedly say that I have never had any downtime and customer support upon request within 24-48 hours. All of this comes courtesy the Chocolate Plan.
About Free HostiaOur Company
Freehostia, a web hosting provider with an extensive background in the industry, strives to meet the demands of many individual and business customers around the globe. We are proud to be involved with our clients every step of the way and extremely happy to make them feel gratified with our in-house built web hosting platform, hosting plans, domain names and our FREE extra services.
Our web hosting services are based on reliable web servers, configured with the latest hardware available, which ensures maximum performance and minimum server load.
Every server is equipped with the latest Intel Processors, large amounts of RAM and high-speed caching RAID controllers. Our network architecture utilizes the top class Enterprise routing and switching engines from Juniper and Cisco.
We make every endeavour to serve your web hosting requirements and help you build and sustain a recognizable and successful online presence. Backing you up with our web hosting expertise is a great honour and pleasure for us. Of course, we must continuously strive to keep our services up to date with the latest trends on the fast-paced web hosting market.
We use the latest advanced software out there to make your web site run as smooth and problem free as possible. You web site is maintained up to date with the newest software security patches and upgrades, which are rigorously tested and installed, shortly after their public release, to ensure the best performance possible.
Our web hosting platform is Linux-based, offering a stable working environment with minimum server load. Besides, our servers are equipped with a full range of Linux-compatible software programs for running all the applications that you need to perform regardless of the operating system that you use.
Our platform has been implemented through a very productive partnership with LiquidNet Ltd., a UK based web hosting company, specializing in the development of cutting edge solutions for the IT industry.
Our long term collaboration with LiquidNet Ltd. has enabled the creation of a high-powered, trustworthy hosting service that gives you total control over all aspects of your web site.
There are many reasons why you should create a website for yourself, for your family, company, or for a given cause, and as many reasons why you should choose Freehostia to be your hosting provider.
1. Experience in offering web hosting services
Freehostia has been among the most preferred providers on the free hosting scene for more than 5 years now. Our experience and skills accumulated throughout this period allowed us to create a web hosting platform of our own making, offering an intuitive user-friendly control panel, an inbuilt 1-click free PHP scripts installer, and last but definitely not least, a unique load balancing cluster technique, allowing each of our users to enjoy the quality, security and stability of our web hosting services.
2. A Complete Answer to Your Online Needs
Freehostia is a leading web hosting provider. Each of our plans is a full-featured web hosting solution in its own right. No matter what plan you’ve chosen you have the possibility to build your successful online presence quickly, easily and above all – free of charge. Each of the offered hosting packages targets a given group of users and can be upgraded to another package. The quality of all the services offered by Freehostia is guaranteed by our tomorrow’s cluster technology, ultra fast and reliable servers, state-of-the-art data center, and dedicated 24x7 technical web hosting support.
3. An Extremely Low-Cost Solution
Among the most important factors in choosing a hosting package by all means is the proportion between price and quality. Many companies offer one or two plans at preferential prices. However, professional solutions are available at high, unacceptable prices, as a whole. Freehostia is a web hosting provider offering both personal and business solutions. Our long experience in this niche has thought us to understand our clients better. Knowing how hard it is for a brand new website to start working and remain online, we’ve created our platform in such a way that everyone can create, manage and develop their own website free of charge. Of course, as soon as that same site grows in popularity and the need for more resources increases, the respective hosting plan can be upgraded to another, more powerful one. In addition to our unique approach, we also offer a set of professional marketing tools, a 40+ free scripts installer, a user-friendly control panel, and more, free of charge.
4. Full-Time Involvement with the Online Demands of the Customers
Because we’d like to meet the demands of all our clients, our Customer Care Department works 24x7. Within 1 hour (not valid for the clients of the Chocolate plan) a qualified specialist of ours will get back to you with an answer to any of your questions connected with the services offered by Freehostia.
5. High Speed Server Network
Freehostia is one of the few web hosting providers to have built their own cluster platform. To ensure the fast, stable and secure work of our servers, we’ve given our trust to Peer 1’s state-of-the-art data center offering network capacity of 2.5 Gigs of Internet connectivity, as well as 100% network uptime.
6. Load Balancing Cluster Technology that Guarantees Maximum Online Stability
Freehostia’s long experience in the sphere of the web hosting technologies has led to the creation of a load balancing cluster hosting platform (up to 15 times faster than the widespread one-server hosting platforms), thanks to which our last generation super powerful Quad-Core servers distribute the load generated by the different hosting services between each other. In order to provide higher productivity, stability and quality, our platform has been optimized to work with the most popular web hosting applications: Joomla, WordPress, phpBB, OsCommerce, as well as with more than 30 other free scripts offered by Elefante Installer.
7. Multi-Lingual Control Panel of Our Own Making and Design
Freehostia’s multi-lingual Web Hosting Control Panel is an incessantly developing product. Our services are equally accessible to all users in the world because our Control Panel supports more than 15 languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Dutch, Romanian, Czech, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), but their number is expected to keep growing.
8. Useful Features Free of Charge
Our web hosting services involve not only web space, traffic and domain name options, but also many free additional bonuses that come with each web hosting package:
* Free domain registration or domain name transfer with Wildhoney and Supernatural web hosting plans;
* The 1-click Elefante Free PHP Scripts Installer, which allows you to easily install a blog, a forum, a photo album, an e-shop portal, a content management system, etc.;
* Free Marketing Tools that contain site submission and popularity check tools, RSS feeds and other useful accessories;
* Free Administration Tools offering hotlink protection, IP authentication and an .htaccess generator;
9. Multiple Web Site and Domain Name Hosting
Each of the hosting packages offered by Freehostia allows you to host more than one domain in a single account. What’s more, with our hosting plans you can host simultaneously several websites at the price of one – something, which is seldom offered by other hosting companies, and which will help you reduce your web hosting expenses.
10. One year fully featured FREE trial
We have a fully featured free web hosting trial (Chocolate hosting plans) – you can evaluate our service without spending a dime. Moreover, you can use your free account for as long as you want without any charge, and also you can upgrade it to a more advanced package with a single mouse click.
11. Undisputed 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Freehostia’s packages include a 30-day money-back-guarantee because we take into account the potential cases of purchasing a given product that later turns out to have failed to live up to the initial expectations of the customer. In the event of some mismatch between our services and your needs, you are free to request your investment back within one month after the sign-up date.
Load Balanced Cluster Technology
In a cluster hosting platform many servers work as one and load is distributed between all of the servers in the network. Such architecture offers better productivity and performance than single-server platforms.
It is a fact – clustered servers work more efficiently compared to single-server platforms. With our hosting platform the load is distributed intelligently between several servers, thus improving speed and performance.
The problem with standalone servers (old technology)
Most web hosting companies today use a standalone server technology where you have a number of servers each of which is running up to 8 services: Web Server, MySQL/database Server, FTP server, DNS, User Control Panel, Account Database, Email Server The problem with having so many processes running on a single machine is that these processes are all using the same resources, which leads to high server load, slow performance and quick hardware amortization. Imagine having an email client, an instant messaging program, a browser, an office application and an image editor running on your personal computer at the same time – now imagine that you were able to work in all of them at the same time, would you expect it to work fast? Not really. And this is just one account on your computer, now imagine there were several hundred. It is just like this with web servers too – many services running at the same time and many accounts on the same server mean bad performance.
The good, the bad and the ugly (solutions)
One solution to this problem is to host only a small number of accounts on the same server, which means high expenses for server hardware and administrative support. Although a possible one, this is a high-cost solution and the expenses are covered by the customer – high monthly fees cover the high expenses. On the other hand if you host a larger number of accounts per server, the performance gets worse. So you end up either having a quality but unreasonably expensive service or an affordable price but poor quality. And of course there are always these companies who combine both poor quality and high prices.
Another possible solution would be to have ridiculously small plans or large plans with many limitations, which make them practically unusable. Some companies adopt this practice and achieve partial success at the expence of customer satisfaction. This one is the ugly solution.
FreeHostia has come up with a better solution – the good one. Instead of having many services on the same server, we have different servers for different services. An intelligent load balancing system guarantees smooth performance and high speeds. Having separate servers for MySQL, email, data storage, user web hosting control panel etc. allows much more accounts to be hosted per server. The high number of web hosting accounts per server means low expenses, while the performance remains excellent. Because the server load on our clustered server is always within reasonable limits, hardware amortization is no more such a problem, customer web sites load faster and the overall speed and uptime are much better.
Taking it even further
Possessing the right technology is just the beginning. We are monitoring server performance 24/7 and making the necessary updates and changes to the system to optimize it to the point of excellence that we are aiming to achieve. We combine high-end technology with powerful server hardware to achieve maximum productivity.
FreeHostia is years ahead most competitors when it comes to technology. Many companies promise good performance but the truth is that with today’s technology there are certain limits that you just cannot pass. That is why we are using tomorrow’s technology.
To view a comparison table of all hosting plans and choose the hosting plan that suits your needs best, visit our web hosting comparison page.
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I had some minor problems or downtimes but comparing to other free hosts they are not bad.
The customer support tries to get rid of you instead of helping. Very rude customer service. I had people shouting at me, after I called them because their online service would help.
Another time they did something (I think it was a db upgrade) and my whole site fell apart. They don't do any testing on a test server they just change the live server without any notice and it took them over 48 hours to fix the problem.
The FTP server breaks down quite often as well. If you upload/download a few files then it's fine but if you try to mass upload/download the server fails.
Onto their support.
I am using their free chocolate plan for over 3 years. And out of a sudden, I received a "blocked_61" message in my control panel. So I opened a support ticket thinking it could just be an error. (or the forum mods like to call it as trouble ticket) Waited 3 days for a ticket reply and when I tried to open the ticket link and signed into my cpanel, I received this message that I was suspended for 4 reasons listed which I did not commit. Read the quote all the way below for the reasons.
My site was mainly a wordpress platform that I created for my own personal blogging. So there is no reason why my site could have been suspended for [read more...]
Means they are best then other free hosts. :)
so i think they're great
There's plenty of included features, forum, wiki, blog, galleries, webmail. I don't use all of them but haven't encountered a problem so far. I don't find their webmail as great as Gmail but it does the job fine.
Customer service is great. For me they take at most a few hours to respond, fastest was under 20 min. But I never had any major issue so it was mostly just them helping me understand a few things.
Yes the control panel is quite daunting at first glance but that's to cater to more advance users. If you just want to upload simple files/sites what's so hard about clicking 'File Manager > double click the folders to where you want the file(s) > Browse > Upload File(s)', navigating it like any other computer folder [read more...]
i've picked the free plan early last year and i still havent made 1% progres to get my website up and running... using freehostia is just WAAAAY to complicated, sure the website looks spiffy with all the eye candy but the way they set up control panel and the way about to host your stuff is crazy... i cant even figer out what the hell i'm doing. all i want to do is upload a html page/folder full of reqiured files and images *thats all i can achive* and then publish website and bam see it load onto the internet.
freehostia needs to redesign the control panel instead of worrying about how cool they look or advertising and make the progress to uploading your folder fall of pages and content with out hassle as easy as Freewebs.com and others.
Currently using iWeb which uploaded well on another web host. Nothing complicated but it appears that Freehostia is very poorly engineered and the help desk sucks. No response for help. In fact they make it difficult to contact them.
I would not use this service again.
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