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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-anonymous- (-no email-)
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Try to use WordPress Plug-ins with their Free program.
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.
lynjos (lynn@l...)
Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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Freehostia Rocks
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.
Jovan (vasicjovanbl1995@g...)
Time Hosted: 1 to 2 years
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site is often down even with PAY service. although the customer service WILL answer you (after using profane language) they still did not or could not solve the problem. the WEBMAIL is by far THE ABSOLUTE WORST IN THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET SINCE IT'S INCEPTION. get this...i composed an email, attempted to use the spelll checker THAT DOES NOT EVER EVER EVER work. the webmail reverted back to an email that i attempted to spell check over 1 month prior that never SENT and attached all the sensitive attachments from that 1 month old email to the NEW email that I was composing. MOREOVER, the email said "error could not send" but it DID with NO indication of 4Mb worth of attachments! FREEHOSTIA is FEELY HORRIBLE and the VILLAGE IDIOTS of web hosting and service....or am I for even using them? hmmmmm now theres a thought. DO NOT USE THIS PROVIDER THEY SUCK as much as the drunk chick in the back of the club!
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About Free Hostia

Our 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.

Hardware
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.

Our Priorities

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.

Software
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.

Partners
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.

The conclusion

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.

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First blog from Aug, 2011, with total 10 articles, language en. See recent blogs summary posts:
- .ru now free with select plans - Two of FreeHostia's premium hosting plan - the Wildhoney and the Supernatural plans, come with a free domain. So far you were able to choose from 9 of the most popular TLDs. Now we have added .ru ...
- Hepsia CP help site - FreeHostia's hosting CP (Hepsia) is a user-friendly and intuitive tool. With the integrated knowledge base section and the inline help in each section, it is quite easy to find information and ...
- PHP 5.3 upgrade coming next week - Starting next week we will start upgrading to PHP 5.3 on all servers. If you use Wordpress, Joomla or any other open-source script, update to the latest version available to avoid any compatibility ...

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Me (me@i...)
Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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The least "sucky" of all free hosts I used.
I had some minor problems or downtimes but comparing to other free hosts they are not bad.
dameon t (daymie@h...)
Time Hosted: 2 to 3 years
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site is often down even with PAY service. although the customer service WILL answer you (after using profane language) they still did not or could not solve the problem. the WEBMAIL is by far THE ABSOLUTE WORST IN THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET SINCE IT'S INCEPTION. get this...i composed an email, attempted to use the spelll checker THAT DOES NOT EVER EVER EVER work. the webmail reverted back to an email that i attempted to spell check over 1 month prior that never SENT and attached all the sensitive attachments from that 1 month old email to the NEW email that I was composing. MOREOVER, the email said "error could not send" but it DID with NO indication of 4Mb worth of attachments! that *&^# is UN@#$%&*^BELIEVABLE! ...FREEHOSTIA is FEELY HORRIBLE and the VILLAGE IDIOTS of web hosting and service....or am I for even using them? hmmmmm now theres a thought. DO NOT USE THIS PROVIDER THEY SUCK as much as the drunk chick in the back of the club!
John Smith (person589@g...)
Time Hosted: 1 to 2 years
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down time is about 50%. The price is ok, but the service is really 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.
rachel (racheljannsen@y...)
Time Hosted: over 3 years
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Their pricing and cost is reasonable. Control Panel is quite easy to use for any newbie on the web. No ads, but server speed could be slow and have downtime. If you are use the elefante free scripts to setup your wordpress, some server ports could be blocked by freehostia and you won't be able to fully use wordpress features.

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...]
Farhan (no-reply@s...)
Time Hosted: over 3 years
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I am using free plan of freehostia service from past upto 3 years. Their avg system uptime is quite excellent then many other free servers. As their controll panel both new and old are quite easy to understand for new users and professional users. I just say that they are excellent. They just assigns some kind of limitations such as smtp off 1 mysql which is quit less then many other expects but overall i gave him 8 rating out of 10.
Means they are best then other free hosts. :)
brooke (twistedsisterpunx@m...)
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It is always down. They claim to have 99.8% uptime well maybe on a crappy ancient basic HTML sites but not on any modern site where a database MySQL is required. I have had maybe 3 times I have actually gone to my site and been able to use it. It goes down and stays down and the last "supposed" downtime according to their forum is YEARS ago! This place sucks!!!! if I can EVER get in to make a backup (YEA! THEIR FTP IS ALWAYS DOWN TOO, SURPRISE!!) I will move my site off this P.O.S!!!!!
adrian stern (adrian.stern@t...)
Time Hosted: 2 to 3 years
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used the free service for a long time - don't remeber and it worked with no problems. upgraded because i needed more space on the server - no problems. they always respond extremely quickly to any tickets even if they can't lways do what I want.
so i think they're great
-anonymous- (-no email-)
Time Hosted: 1 to 2 years
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I used the free chocolate plan for about 8 months and then upgraded to Watercircle for about a year now. I haven't had any downtime or uploading issues at all. I upload using FTP no problem. I host my website and a bunch of files, videos, and flash stuff.

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...]
jacoba delaney (jacoba.delaney@m...)
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The last couple of years has seen Freehostias free hosting service slide down into the abyss of uselessness. While they claim an uptime of 98% on their servers on their promotional material, this is a complete lie, the servers go down very regularly, and are not reliable at all. The service used to be a lot more reliable, but now i am afraid i can no longer recommend it. If you are just going to be hosting HTML files, it may be ok, but anything more complicated, e.g PHP or SQL and you will have lots of downtime.
Doug (dougjanni@g...)
Time Hosted: 1 to 2 years
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I don't know what everyone is complaining about. I've found this site to be the easiest I've used so far. I design using Dreamweaver and then FTP to free hostia and have had 0 issues, so i don't know what everyone else on here is trying to do.... design their site using the freehostia programs? That seems laughable, get a real design program. When you sign up they give you one phone call to verify info and that is it, no bothering you. For the price (FREE) i would quit crying.
william bodmer (chaosraider@g...)
Time Hosted: 6 mo. to 1 year
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where do i start with the critisim and discription of the problems???
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.
Brian Cawley (oberon9@f...)
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Never had so much problems uploading a website - this service is the worst I have ever seen (and I have been building websites for years).

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.
Adonis Villamor (adonis_lee_villamor@y...)
Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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I had a headache with them for the past few days. actually even months ago. They will always blame that all problem is because of 'your Code' which they never bothered to look into nor check their host if there were any problems. In the end the situation was resolved after a lot of insults from both parties after they declared we should find a qualified developer's help mocking me, the site developer after I have already informed them that I am the developer. the worst part is it is I who have to teach them a basic technique used by many system annalists and rookie developers which is just to create a simple test application which centers on the problem before they can realize there was a specific problem and fix it. they are the laziest and most incompetent I.T. profesionals I have debated with and even though it's free, the free host is a reflection of their paid version so do not bother to use their paid service or you'll have an endless debate and lost of potential site users [read more...]
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