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An assessment of smarthouse

We, at, have picked 'smarthouse' to be our present domain name and web hosting provider. Hence we imagine that this brief evaluation of 'smarthouse' is perchance going to be very useful for other individuals from all over the World who are searching for domain name and web hosting solutions. We say people from all over the Globe, since the simple truth is that 'smarthouse' presently delivers domain and hosting services in several data center locations: in America (Chicago, IL), in England (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, embracing almost the whole World. At least from the point of view of the World Wide Web. So, here is what you could expect from 'smarthouse' in brief:

Shared Website Hosting Solutions

The initial detail we, at, have detected is the cut-rate prices of the shared hosting solutions provided by 'smarthouse'. Shared doesn't sound very well, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared web hosting. The good news here is that the site hosting plans offered by 'smarthouse' are driven by a custom invented, leading edge cloud web hosting solution (each web hosting service, like email, databases, web site hosting CP, disk space, DNS, statistics, and so on, runs on an individual pack of web hosting servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance ANY cPanel web hosting company on the Globe will have immense difficulties with, since cPanel is a single server based web space hosting environment (each web hosting service, like electronic mail, databases, webspace hosting CP, storage space, DNS, statistics, etc., is being dealt with by one and the same web server), cPanel is not open source (hence the cPanel-based site hosting corporations are not able to include extra functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file platform (they need to construct their own file system), which is the precondition of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared web hosting accounts, which are driven by an actual clustered web site hosting solution. With a shared web hosting plan, each customer pays just for his/her plan, thus preserving the website hosting price very low (since numerous customers are hosted on one and the same server). In a nutshell, a shared hosting package, which is hosted on a cloud web hosting system, enables you to pay solely for the resources that you really demand, escaping a situation where you pay for a feature-rich hosting package that you cannot truly utilize, or for a basic webspace hosting plan that cannot handle your web site. The possibility to upgrade your account from one plan to another with just two clicks of the mouse gives you the flexibility to kick off with a low-end package and upgrade as your site grows. So, you save cash that you can expend on promoting the website while it is still new. Each web space hosting package provided by 'smarthouse' contains an online web site builder and over forty popular script software platforms among them WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you hundreds of dollars for web site design solutions. 'smarthouse' offers shared web hosting packages in a number of different geographical regions around the World. There is one data center facility in Chicago encompassing the United States of America and Canada; two European server farms - in England and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia Pacific. That way, practically the entire planet is encompassed to provide you and your web page's visitors with a steady and fast web site hosting service at a desired place. On the whole, the shared hosting plans delivered 'smarthouse' are really well stocked and are available at a very reasonable price (starting from $3.00 for the Starter package).

Semi-dedicated Web Servers

To clients with little to no experience, a VPS web server may seem tough to administer. That's probably why 'smarthouse' also houses semi-dedicated servers in its principal United States datacenter facility in Chicago. Administering these plans is similar to managing a normal shared web page hosting account through a web space hosting CP user interface. They have all the features of a shared website hosting account such as a free web site builder and a PHP script installation tool, but the system resource quota provided by a semi-dedicated server web hosting plan is many times greater than that of a shared hosting package. For instance, the CPU power that can be utilized is about FIVE times as much as compared with the shared website hosting accounts. When compared with a shared web site hosting plan, the number of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting plans is great: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted top-level domain name quota is a rule too. The semi-dedicated hosting accounts do not come with complete root access (we, at, count this as a little disadvantage), but the plus is that they are administered through the very same website hosting CP tool as the shared packages. This goes to say that a user-friendly graphical user interface is accessible by all users who do not have enough confidence to handle a private virtual web server, but at the same time need more power and features than a virtual web server can furnish them with. This is so because the semi-dedicated web servers share the reserves of the very same powerful leading edge web servers as the ones which accommodate the virtual private web server accounts, still, the number of the semi-dedicated web hosting servers is quite low (somewhere between 20 to 30 per server), whereas the VPSs can reach a much higher number (80 to a hundred and twenty per server). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'smarthouse' can be dubbed as being quite inexpensive (as far as cost is concerned), commencing from $20.00 for the Semi Dedicated 1 package.

Dedicated Servers

In's opinion, large sites such as social networks, community and business web portals or popular online storefronts with thousands of customers call for a much more powerful web site hosting platform. It appears that the folks from 'smarthouse' have drawn the same conclusion too. To answer its customers' expectations, 'smarthouse' supplies a bouquet of dedicated servers that can handle millions of daily visits. That estimation rests on the hardware specifications the dedicated web hosting servers ship with: many-core processors, up to 4 gigabytes of RAM, 2000 GB of disk storage and Gigabit network interface cards will definitely ensure the fast and stable work of any kind of web site. In 'smarthouse's opinion, the primary hardware specs can be upgraded for more system resource-demanding web sites. We, from, deem that all dedicated server specs furnished by 'smarthouse' are also suitable for setting up a hosting reseller business as each dedicated web hosting server arrives with free-of-cost invoice transaction software and a bonus domain reseller account. Sadly, the dedicated web servers provided by 'smarthouse' are all unmanaged. We, at, deem this a minor drawback, which can be adjusted by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD. So, if you are in need of backing, the Managed Services upgrade includes an array of extra services such as a routine backup, software installation, web hosting server monitoring and troubleshooting procedures. Several hosting Control Panel (CP) interfaces are offered with each of the dedicated web servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our ('s) prediction is that the magnificent point-and-click File Manager added in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel will probably render the recourse to any File Transfer Protocol client futile. Our ('s) conclusion is that the dedicated servers delivered by 'smarthouse' don't appear to be very cheap (yet the Hepsia web hosting CP and the unmetered hosted domain name quotas will doubtlessly make you smile), beginning from $115.00 for the Xeon Scalable 6c plan.