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An evaluation of OpenHost

We, at, have chosen 'OpenHost' to be our present domain name and hosting provider. Hence we imagine that this succinct evaluation of 'OpenHost' is probably going to be very helpful for other individuals from all over the Globe who seek domain name and web hosting solutions. We state folks from all over the World, because the simple truth is that 'OpenHost' presently distributes domain and hosting services in multiple data center facility locations: in the United States of America (Chicago, IL), in England (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, covering practically the entire Earth. At least from the point of view of the World Wide Web. So, here is what you could expect from 'OpenHost' in a few words:

Shared Website Hosting Packages

The initial thing we, at, have discerned is the low prices of the shared web page hosting plans supplied by 'OpenHost'. Shared doesn't sound very well, does it? Well, that's what it is called: shared web hosting. The good thing here is that the webspace hosting accounts supplied by 'OpenHost' are powered by an in-house devised, cutting edge cloud web hosting solution (each hosting service, like email, databases, web space hosting Control Panel, disk storage, DNS, statistics, and so on, is being served by an individual pack of web servers in a cluster). This is something EVERY cPanel web hosting provider on the Earth will have colossal troubles with, because cPanel is a one-server based web page hosting platform (each web hosting service, like electronic mail, databases, web page hosting CP, web space, DNS, statistics, etc., is being dealt with by one and the same web server), cPanel is not open source (that is why the cPanel-based web site hosting companies are not able to add extra functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file system (they must build their own file system), which is the prerequisite of any cloud web hosting service. Let's return to the shared site hosting packages, which are powered by an actual clustered web page hosting system. With a shared website hosting account, each customer pays only for his/her account, thus keeping the web hosting price really low (since lots of clients share the same web hosting server). In a nutshell, a shared hosting account, which is hosted on a cloud web page hosting solution, allows you to pay solely for the reserves that you indeed need, avoiding a situation where you pay for a high-end site hosting account that you cannot really use, or for a tiny site hosting package that cannot handle your site. The option to upgrade your account from one package to another with only 2 clicks grants you the flexibility to start with a basic plan and upgrade as your web page grows. So, you economize cash that you can spend on promoting the website while it is still brand new. Every web site hosting package provided by 'OpenHost' sports an online site building tool and over 40 popular script-driven software platforms including WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will economize you hundreds of dollars for web site design solutions. 'OpenHost' furnishes shared web hosting services in several different countries across the World. There is one data center facility in Chicago encompassing the United States and Canada; two European server farm facilities - in Britain and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia-Pacific. That way, practically the whole Globe is covered to provide you and your site's visitors with a steady and reliable web site hosting service at a preferred place. All in all, the shared hosting solutions furnished 'OpenHost' are very well stocked and are available at a very attractive price (starting from $6.95 for the Business plan).

Semi-dedicated Web Servers

To customers with little to no practice, a virtual private web server may appear problematic to handle. That's probably why 'OpenHost' also hosts semi-dedicated hosting servers in its main American server farm in Chicago. Administering these accounts is similar to administering a normal shared hosting account via a web hosting Control Panel tool. They have all the features of a shared web space hosting plan such as a free-of-charge website building tool and a web application installation tool, but the system resource quota typical of a semi-dedicated server web hosting account is many times bigger than that of a shared site hosting package. For instance, the CPU power that can be used is almost FIVE times as much as compared with the shared web site hosting plans. When juxtaposed to a shared hosting package, the number of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting packages is huge: 90 000 / hour. An unmetered hosted Top-Level Domain allowance is a norm as well. The semi-dedicated web hosting server packages do not include root-level access (we, at, think of this as a slight disadvantage), but the benefit is that they are administered via the same web page hosting CP tool as the shared web page hosting packages. This means that a well-known graphical interface is offered to all customers who do not feel self-confident enough to manage a VPS server, but at the same time require more power and reserves than a virtual web server can offer. This is so due to the fact that the semi-dedicated servers share the system resources of the same powerful top-class web hosting servers as the ones which host the virtual server hosting plans, however, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is very small (somewhere between twenty to 30 per physical machine), whereas the virtual private web hosting servers can reach a much higher number (80 to 120 per server). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers offered by 'OpenHost' can be classified as being quite cheap (as far as price is concerned), starting from $20.00 for the Semi Dedicated 1 plan.

Dedicated Web Hosting Servers

According to, enormous web pages such as social networks, community and business portals or popular online shops with 1000s of clients call for a much more powerful web page hosting environment. It seems that the fellows from 'OpenHost' have come to the same conclusion as well. To satisfy its users' needs, 'OpenHost' supplies a bouquet of dedicated servers that can tackle millions of daily hits. That estimate stands on the hardware specifications the dedicated servers come with: Dual and Quad-core processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, 2000 gigabytes of web space and Gigabit network interface cards will definitely guarantee the quick and stable performance of any type of web site. In 'OpenHost's opinion, the primary hardware specifications can be upgraded for more resource-requiring sites. We, from, believe that all dedicated server configurations delivered by 'OpenHost' are also appropriate for kickstarting a hosting reseller business as every dedicated web server provides free-of-charge invoice transaction software platform and a cost-free domain reseller account. Sadly, the dedicated servers delivered by 'OpenHost' are all unmanaged. We, at, think of this as a slight downside, which can be amended by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD. So, if you are in need of support, the Managed Services upgrade offers a handful of supplementary services such as a routine backup, software installation, hosting server surveillance and troubleshooting procedures. Several web page hosting CP (CP) user interfaces are available with each of the hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our ('s) prognosis is that the impressive point and click File Manager offered by the Hepsia web space hosting Control Panel will possibly make the recourse to any File Transfer Protocol software useless. Our ('s) conclusion is that the dedicated servers offered by 'OpenHost' don't seem to be very cheap (still the Hepsia CP and the unmetered hosted domain name quotas will no doubt make you smile), commencing from $140.00 for the Xeon E5 v4 10c plan.