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An assessment of AfterHost

We, at guesttask.com, have chosen 'AfterHost' to be our current domain and hosting vendor. Therefore we presume that this short assessment of 'AfterHost' is perhaps going to be quite useful for other people from all over the World who are searching for domain name and web hosting services. We say individuals from all around the Globe, since the mere fact is that 'AfterHost' currently offers domain and hosting services in multiple server farm facility locations: in the United States (Chicago, IL), in Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, encompassing practically the whole Earth. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'AfterHost' in brief:

Shared Webspace Hosting Packages

The first detail we, at guesttask.com, have observed is the modest prices of the shared web site hosting solutions offered by 'AfterHost'. Shared doesn't sound very well, does it? Well, that's what it is called: shared hosting. The good news here is that the web hosting plans furnished by 'AfterHost' are powered by a custom developed, state-of-the-art cloud web hosting solution (each hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, site hosting Control Panel, web space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being handled by an individual set of servers in a cluster). This is something EVERY cPanel web hosting distributor on the Earth will have colossal problems with, because cPanel is a one-server based webspace hosting environment (each web hosting service, like mail, databases, web page hosting CP, disk space, DNS, statistics, and so on, is being served by a single hosting server), cPanel is not open source (hence the cPanel-based web hosting companies cannot add new functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file system (they have to create their own file platform), which is the prerequisite of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared webspace hosting plans, which are powered by an authentic clustered hosting system. With a shared account, each customer pays solely for his/her plan, thus keeping the site hosting price very low (because many customers use one and the same web hosting server). To cut a long story short, a shared hosting account, which is hosted on a cloud web space hosting platform, enables you to pay only for the reserves that you really demand, evading a scenario where you pay for a feature-rich website hosting account that you cannot actually utilize, or for a basic web page hosting account that cannot accommodate your web page. The possibility to upgrade your account from one package to another with only two mouse clicks gives you the flexibility to start with a small plan and upgrade as your Internet presence grows. In this way, you spare funds that you can expend on advertising the website while it is still brand new. Each web hosting package supplied by 'AfterHost' ships with an online web site builder and over forty popular script platforms including WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you 100s of dollars for web page design solutions. 'AfterHost' delivers shared web space hosting plans in several different regions across the Globe. There is one server farm in Chicago encompassing the USA and Canada; 2 European server farms - in the UK and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia-Pacific region. Hence, almost the whole Globe is encompassed to provide you and your visitors with a steady and reliable website hosting solution at a desired location. As a whole, the shared hosting accounts offered 'AfterHost' are quite well equipped and come at a budget price (starting from $4.17 for the Starter package).

Semi-dedicated Servers

To customers with little or no experience, a virtual web hosting server may seem complicated to administer. That's probably why 'AfterHost' also houses semi-dedicated web servers in its principal United States datacenter facility in Chicago. Managing these accounts is similar to handling a normal shared web page hosting plan through a web site hosting CP interface. They have all the functionalities of a shared web site hosting plan such as a fee-free site building tool and a script installation tool, but the system resource quota provided by a semi-dedicated web server plan is many times greater than that of a shared website hosting plan. For instance, the central processing unit power that can be used is almost 5 times as much as compared with the shared web space hosting plans. When juxtaposed to a shared website hosting package, the quota of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting plans is vast: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted domain name quota is a trend as well. The semi-dedicated web hosting accounts do not offer full root privileges (we, at guesttask.com, think of this as a little weak point), but the benefit is that they are administered via the same web site hosting Control Panel GUI as the shared accounts. This indicates that a known graphical interface is offered to all clients who do not have enough confidence to administer a private virtual web server, yet require more power and supplies than a VPS web hosting server can furnish them with. This is so owing to the fact that the semi-dedicated web hosting servers share the reserves of the same powerful top-class servers as the ones which host the virtual hosting server plans, however, the number of the semi-dedicated hosting servers is very low (somewhere between twenty to thirty per physical machine), while the private virtual servers can reach a much greater number (80 to one hundred and twenty per server). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers delivered by 'AfterHost' can be dubbed as being very inexpensive (as far as price is concerned), beginning from $20.00 for the Semi Dedicated 1 plan.

Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

In guesttask.com's opinion, enormous sites such as social networks, community and corporate portals or famous online storefronts with 1000s of clients demand a much more powerful web page hosting platform. It appears that the folks from 'AfterHost' have drawn the same conclusion as well. To satisfy its customers' anticipations, 'AfterHost' offers a number of dedicated web servers that can handle millions of daily visits. That estimation stands on the hardware configurations the dedicated web hosting servers have: many-core processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, two thousand GB of disk space and Gigabit network interface cards will undoubtedly ensure the quick and stable performance of any type of website. In 'AfterHost's opinion, the original hardware specs can be upgraded for more resource-requiring web sites. We, from guesttask.com, deem that all dedicated server plans offered by 'AfterHost' are also appropriate for setting up a hosting reseller business as each server ships with free-of-charge billing transaction software and a bonus domain reseller account. Sadly, the dedicated servers provided by 'AfterHost' are all unmanaged. We, at guesttask.com, deem this a little downside, which can be amended by paying a monthly fee which amounts to $32.00 USD. So, if you are in need of help, the Managed Services upgrade provides an assortment of additional services such as a regular backup, software installation, dedicated hosting server monitoring and troubleshooting procedures. An assortment of webspace hosting Control Panel (CP) GUIs are available with each of the web hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (guesttask.com's) prediction is that the remarkable drag and drop File Manager offered by the Hepsia website hosting CP will possibly make the recourse to any File Transfer Protocol client pointless. Our (guesttask.com's) conclusion is that the dedicated servers supplied by 'AfterHost' don't appear to be very low priced (still the Hepsia web site hosting CP and the unlimited hosted domain name allowance will doubtlessly make you smile), beginning from $65.00 for the Atom 1 package.