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An assessment of Universal-Hosting

We, at crosshaired.co.za, have picked 'Universal-Hosting' to be our current domain and hosting supplier. Hence we believe that this succinct review of 'Universal-Hosting' is maybe going to be very helpful for other people from all over the Globe who need domain name and web hosting solutions. We say folks from all around the Globe, because the mere truth is that 'Universal-Hosting' currently offers domain and hosting services in multiple server farm locations: in the United States (Chicago, IL), in Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thereby, embracing virtually the whole Globe. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could expect from 'Universal-Hosting' in brief:

Shared Web Space Hosting Packages

The first detail we, at crosshaired.co.za, have observed is the reasonable prices of the shared webspace hosting plans supplied by 'Universal-Hosting'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared web hosting. The good thing here is that the web space hosting plans furnished by 'Universal-Hosting' are driven by an in-house created, futuristic cloud web hosting platform (each hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, web hosting CP, disk storage, DNS, statistics, and so on, is being served by an independent host of web hosting servers in a cluster). This is something EVERY cPanel web hosting vendor in the World will have immense complications with, since cPanel is a one-server based hosting platform (each web hosting service, like electronic mail, databases, web space hosting CP, storage space, DNS, stats, and so on, runs on one and the same server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel site hosting companies cannot include additional functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file platform (they have to make their own file system), which is the precondition of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared site hosting plans, which are driven by a genuine clustered web site hosting solution. With a shared hosting package, each customer pays solely for his/her plan, thus keeping the web site hosting price very low (since plenty of users share one and the same web server). In a few words, a shared hosting account, which is hosted on a cloud site hosting system, enables you to pay only for the resources that you indeed require, averting a situation where you pay for a feature-rich web space hosting plan that you cannot actually use, or for a small webspace hosting plan that cannot host your web site. The ability to upgrade your account from one package to another with just 2 clicks of the mouse grants you the flexibility to begin with a low-end plan and upgrade as your online presence grows. Hence, you save money that you can invest in promoting the web site while it is still novel. Each web space hosting plan delivered by 'Universal-Hosting' comes with an online site building tool and more than 40 widely used script software applications like WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will save you 100s of dollars for site design solutions. 'Universal-Hosting' delivers shared site hosting accounts in several different countries across the Globe. There is one datacenter in Chicago covering the United States and Canada; 2 European datacenter facilities - in the United Kingdom and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia Pacific region. Hence, practically the whole Globe is encompassed to supply you and your web page's visitors with a steady and fast site hosting service at a desired place. As a whole, the shared hosting accounts delivered 'Universal-Hosting' are very well appointed and are available at a very good price (beginning from $3.17 for the Entry package).

Semi-dedicated Servers

To people with little or no practice, a private virtual hosting server may appear problematic to administer. That's perhaps why 'Universal-Hosting' also hosts semi-dedicated servers in its principal US datacenter facility in Chicago. Administering these accounts is comparable to managing a typical shared hosting package through a web site hosting CP user interface. They have all the specs of a shared web page hosting account such as a fee-free site builder and a web application installer, but the system resource quota typical of a semi-dedicated web server package is many times bigger than that of a shared web hosting account. For instance, the CPU power that can be used is about 5 times as much as compared with the shared webspace hosting packages. When juxtaposed to a shared website hosting plan, the number of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting accounts is great: 90 000 / hour. An unmetered hosted domain quota is a principle too. The semi-dedicated server hosting packages do not offer full server root privileges (we, at crosshaired.co.za, consider this a little drawback), but the benefit is that they are administered through the same hosting Control Panel interface as the shared web space hosting packages. This implies that a familiar graphical user interface is offered to all users who do not have enough self-condifence to handle a VPS hosting server, yet require more power and reserves than a private virtual web hosting server can deliver. This is like that because of the fact that the semi-dedicated web hosting servers share the resources of the same powerful high-end web servers as the ones which accommodate the VPS server web hosting accounts, however, the number of the semi-dedicated hosting servers is very small (somewhere between 20 to 30 per server), whereas the private virtual hosting servers can reach a much greater number (eighty to a hundred and twenty per server). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'Universal-Hosting' can be classified as being very cheap (as far as cost is concerned), starting from $20.00 for the Mercury plan.

Dedicated Web Servers

In crosshaired.co.za's opinion, big web sites such as social networks, community and corporate portals or popular web stores with thousands of customers demand a much more powerful website hosting platform. It seems that the guys from 'Universal-Hosting' have reached the same conclusion as well. To meet its customers' requirements, 'Universal-Hosting' offers a bouquet of dedicated web hosting servers that can handle millions of daily hits. That evaluation is based on the hardware specs the dedicated servers are offering: many-core processors, up to four GB of RAM, 2000 GB of storage space and Gigabit network cards will definitely ensure the quick and stable performance of any type of website. According to 'Universal-Hosting', the original hardware configurations can be upgraded for more resource-requiring sites. We, from crosshaired.co.za, consider that all dedicated server specifications supplied by 'Universal-Hosting' are also appropriate for launching a hosting reseller business as each hosting server comes with free-of-cost invoice transaction software and a free domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated web servers supplied by 'Universal-Hosting' are all unmanaged. We, at crosshaired.co.za, deem this a little downside, which can be adjusted by paying a monthly fee which amounts to $32.00 USD. So, if you require assistance, the Managed Services upgrade offers a number of additional services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated hosting server monitoring and troubleshooting operations. A bunch of web page hosting Control Panel (CP) interfaces are offered with each of the dedicated hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (crosshaired.co.za's) prognosis is that the great point-and-click File Manager added in the Hepsia web page hosting CP will probably make the recourse to any FTP software program useless. Our (crosshaired.co.za's) inference is that the dedicated servers furnished by 'Universal-Hosting' don't seem to be very low priced (still the Hepsia CP and the unlimited hosted domain quotas will beyond doubt make you smile), commencing from $80.00 for the Xeon E3 v3 plan.