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A review of Host Mates

We, at, have chosen 'Host Mates' to be our present domain name and web hosting provider. Hence we expect that this concise evaluation of 'Host Mates' is perchance going to be very useful for other people from all over the Globe who are looking for domain name and web hosting solutions. We state folks from all over the Globe, since the mere truth is that 'Host Mates' presently provides domain and hosting services in multiple datacenter facility sites: in the USA (Chicago, IL), in Great Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). That way, embracing nearly the whole planet. At least from the point of view of the World Wide Web. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'Host Mates' in a nutshell:

Shared Web Page Hosting Services

The first detail we, at, have noted is the cut-rate prices of the shared website hosting packages supplied by 'Host Mates'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared hosting. The good news here is that the web site hosting packages furnished by 'Host Mates' are driven by a custom devised, leading edge cloud web hosting platform (each hosting service, like electronic mail, databases, web page hosting CP, web space, DNS, statistics, etc., is being tackled by an independent group of web servers in a cluster). This is something ANY cPanel web hosting corporation on the Earth will have considerable predicaments with, since cPanel is a single server based web page hosting platform (each hosting service, such as email, databases, site hosting CP, disk space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being handled by one and the same web server), cPanel is not open source (that is why the cPanel-based hosting vendors are unable to add additional functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file system (they need to develop their own file system), which is at the bottom of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared web site hosting packages, which are driven by a genuine clustered website hosting platform. With a shared web space hosting package, each customer pays just for his/her package, thus maintaining the web site hosting price amazingly low (since a lot of customers are located on one and the same web server). In short, a shared hosting account, which runs on a clustered webspace hosting solution, permits you to pay just for the resources that you really need, averting a scenario where you pay for a powerful web space hosting plan that you cannot actually use, or for a low-end hosting plan that cannot accommodate your website. The possibility to upgrade your account from one plan to another with just two clicks of the mouse gives you the flexibility to begin with a basic package and upgrade as your website expands. In this way, you save funds that you can expend on advertising the web page while it is still brand new. Each website hosting account supplied by 'Host Mates' comprises an online web site builder and more than forty popular script-driven platforms among them WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you hundreds of dollars for website design solutions. 'Host Mates' delivers shared site hosting plans in a number of different regions across the World. There is one datacenter facility in Chicago covering the United States of America and Canada; two European datacenters - in the United Kingdom and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia Pacific region. Hence, nearly the whole planet is encompassed to supply you and your website's visitors with a stable and dependable web space hosting service at a nearby place. Altogether, the shared hosting packages furnished 'Host Mates' are quite well appointed and are available at a low-cost price (beginning from A$12.62 for the Hostmate Special plan).

Semi-dedicated Web Servers

To users with little or no experience, a private virtual server may appear hard to handle. That's probably why 'Host Mates' also houses semi-dedicated hosting servers in its main US data center facility in Chicago. Handling these accounts is similar to administering a conventional shared web space hosting plan via a web site hosting Control Panel user interface. They have all the specs of a shared hosting plan such as a free-of-cost site building tool and a web app installer, but the system resource quota provided by a semi-dedicated web hosting package is many times larger than that of a shared website hosting account. For instance, the central processing unit power that can be utilized is nearly FIVE times as much as compared to the shared web site hosting accounts. When matched against a shared web page hosting plan, the number of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting accounts is big: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted TLD allowance is a pattern as well. The semi-dedicated server packages do not include complete root access (we, at, think that this is a little defect), but the benefit is that they are managed via the very same hosting CP interface as the shared web site hosting packages. This implies that a recognizable GUI is available to all users who do not have enough self-condifence to administer a VPS web server, yet need more power and features than a VPS can give them. This is like that owing to the fact that the semi-dedicated web servers share the resources of the same powerful cutting edge hosting servers as the ones which host the private virtual web server accounts, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated web hosting servers is quite low (somewhere between twenty to 30 per server), whereas the virtual web servers can reach a much greater number (80 to one hundred and twenty per physical machine). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers offered by 'Host Mates' can be dubbed as being amazingly affordable (as far as price is concerned), commencing from A$61.20 for the Semi Dedicated 1 package.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

According to, enormous web pages such as social networks, community and business portals or famous online stores with thousands of customers request a much more powerful webspace hosting solution. It seems that the guys from 'Host Mates' have reached the same conclusion too. To live up to its users' demands, 'Host Mates' offers a selection of dedicated web servers that can manage millions of daily hits. That assessment stands on the hardware specs the dedicated servers sport: Dual and Quad-core processors, up to four GB of RAM, 2000 GB of web space and Gigabit network cards will undoubtedly guarantee the quick and stable work of any sort of website. According to 'Host Mates', the primary hardware specifications can be upgraded for more resource-requiring web sites. We, from, consider that all dedicated server packages offered by 'Host Mates' are also appropriate for establishing a hosting reseller business as each and every server includes free billing transaction software and a cost-free domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated servers supplied by 'Host Mates' are all unmanaged. We, at, count this as a slight negative point, which can be corrected by paying a monthly fee which amounts to A$56.99 AUD. So, if you need help, the Managed Services upgrade includes a bunch of supplementary services such as a regular backup, software installation, dedicated web server monitoring and troubleshooting operations. An array of web site hosting CP (CP) tools are available with each of the web hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our ('s) prediction is that the great drag-and-drop File Manager included in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel will perhaps render the recourse to any FTP client pointless. Our ('s) conclusion is that the dedicated servers delivered by 'Host Mates' don't seem to be very affordably priced (still the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and the unmetered hosted domain quotas will doubtlessly make you smile), commencing from A$148.09 for the Xeon E3 v5 package.