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An assessment of BigHost

We, at dsp.pt, have chosen 'BigHost' to be our current domain and hosting distributor. This is why we imagine that this concise review of 'BigHost' is maybe going to be quite useful for other people from all around the Globe who are searching for domain name and web hosting services. We state people from all around the Globe, since the simple fact is that 'BigHost' presently delivers domain and hosting services in numerous data center facility locations: in North America (Chicago, IL), in the United Kingdom (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thereby, encompassing almost the entire Earth. At least as far as the World Wide Web is concerned. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'BigHost' in brief:

Shared Site Hosting Accounts

The first detail we, at dsp.pt, have discerned is the inexpensive prices of the shared web page hosting services offered by 'BigHost'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared hosting. The good thing here is that the web site hosting packages offered by 'BigHost' are powered by an in-house devised, leading edge cloud web hosting solution (each hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, disk space, DNS, statistics, etc., is being dealt with by a different set of web servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance EVERY cPanel web hosting provider in the World will have great difficulties with, because cPanel is a one single server based web hosting platform (each web hosting service, like mail, databases, web site hosting CP, disk space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being run on a single hosting server), cPanel is not open source (hence the cPanel-based hosting vendors cannot add new functionality and manipulate it the way they want it) and there is no open source file platform (they have to invent their own file platform), which is the foundation of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared website hosting plans, which are driven by an actual cloud hosting system. With a shared webspace hosting account, each customer pays just for his/her account, thus retaining the price really low (because plenty of clients share the same web hosting server). In brief, a shared hosting package, which runs on a cloud website hosting platform, enables you to pay just for the reserves that you actually demand, avoiding a scenario where you pay for a high-end site hosting plan that you cannot truly utilize, or for a tiny web hosting plan that cannot accommodate your web page. The option to upgrade your account from one plan to another with only two clicks gives you the flexibility to begin with a tiny plan and upgrade as your website expands. Hence, you save funds that you can expend on advertising the web page while it is still novel. Each web hosting package delivered by 'BigHost' comes with an online site building tool and more than 40 widely used script-driven software platforms like WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you 100s of dollars for website design solutions. 'BigHost' furnishes shared site hosting packages in a number of different countries across the World. There is one datacenter facility in Chicago covering the US and Canada; 2 European server farms - in Great Britain and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia-Pacific. Hence, practically the whole Globe is covered to present you and your web page's visitors with a stable and reliable web site hosting service at a preferred place. As a whole, the shared hosting services delivered 'BigHost' are very well appointed and come at a very good price (beginning from €2.50 for the Starter package).

Semi-dedicated Web Servers

To users with little to no experience, a virtual hosting server may appear hard to administer. That's probably why 'BigHost' also offers semi-dedicated web hosting servers in its main United States data center in Chicago. Administering these packages is similar to administering a conventional shared web page hosting account through a website hosting Control Panel user interface. They have all the specs of a shared site hosting plan such as a fee-free site building tool and a script installation tool, but the system resource quota offered by a semi-dedicated server hosting account is many times larger than that of a shared hosting account. For example, the central processing unit power that can be used is almost FIVE times as much as compared with the shared accounts. When contrasted with a shared plan, the quota of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting accounts is enormous: 90 000 / hour. An unmetered hosted Top-Level Domain allowance is a norm too. The semi-dedicated server web hosting accounts do not arrive with full server root privileges (we, at dsp.pt, consider this a small weak point), but the good point is that they are administered through the same webspace hosting Control Panel user interface as the shared web site hosting plans. This suggests that a known GUI is accessible by all users who do not have enough confidence to handle a virtual private hosting server, but at the same time require more power and supplies than a private virtual server can furnish them with. This is so owing to the fact that the semi-dedicated servers share the reserves of the same powerful avant-garde web hosting servers as the ones which host the virtual web server plans, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated hosting servers is quite low (somewhere between twenty to thirty per server), whereas the private virtual web servers can reach a much higher number (eighty to 120 per physical machine). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers supplied by 'BigHost' can be branded as being quite inexpensive (as far as cost is concerned), beginning from €19.23 for the Semi Dedicated 1 package.

Dedicated Servers

According to dsp.pt, enormous websites such as social networks, community and business portals or popular web shops with thousands of clients request a much more powerful web page hosting solution. It seems that the guys from 'BigHost' have reached the same conclusion too. To fulfil its users' expectations, 'BigHost' supplies a collection of dedicated servers that can manage millions of daily visits. That evaluation is based on the hardware specifications the dedicated web hosting servers have: many-core processors, up to four GB of RAM, 2000 GB of data storage and Gigabit network interface cards will definitely ensure the quick and stable performance of any kind of web site. In 'BigHost's opinion, the primary hardware specifications can be upgraded for more resource-demanding sites. We, from dsp.pt, believe that all dedicated server accounts provided by 'BigHost' are also appropriate for commencing a hosting reseller business as each and every dedicated server comes with free-of-cost invoicing transaction software and a cost-free domain reseller account. Unlickily, the dedicated web hosting servers delivered by 'BigHost' are all unmanaged. We, at dsp.pt, think that this is a slight weakness, which can be adjusted by paying a monthly tax which amounts to €28.42 EUR. So, if you demand support, the Managed Services upgrade includes an array of extra services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated server monitoring and troubleshooting procedures. Several website hosting CP (CP) user interfaces are available with each of the web servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (dsp.pt's) prediction is that the superb point-and-click File Manager offered by the Hepsia hosting Control Panel will probably render the use of any File Transfer Protocol client pointless. Our (dsp.pt's) inference is that the dedicated servers offered by 'BigHost' don't appear to be very modestly priced (still the Hepsia web space hosting CP and the unmetered hosted domain name allowance will beyond doubt make you smile), beginning from €63.37 for the Atom 1 plan.