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An evaluation of Net For Africa

We, at mbg-africa.com, have chosen 'Net For Africa' to be our current domain and hosting distributor. Therefore we expect that this succinct assessment of 'Net For Africa' is maybe going to be quite useful for other individuals from all around the World who are looking for domain name and web hosting services. We say individuals from all around the World, since the simple fact is that 'Net For Africa' presently provides domain and hosting services in several data center locations: in America (Chicago, IL), in Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). That way, embracing almost the entire World. At least from the point of view of the World Wide Web. So, here is what you could expect from 'Net For Africa' in a few words:

Shared Site Hosting Services

The initial detail we, at mbg-africa.com, have spotted is the low prices of the shared hosting accounts offered by 'Net For Africa'. Shared doesn't sound very well, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared hosting. The good thing here is that the website hosting accounts provided by 'Net For Africa' are powered by an in-house devised, advanced cloud web hosting platform (each web hosting service, such as mail, databases, web hosting Control Panel, storage space, DNS, statistics, and so on, is being run on an autonomous group of hosting servers in a cluster). This is something EVERY cPanel web hosting provider on the Globe will have considerable predicaments with, since cPanel is a single server based hosting platform (each web hosting service, such as email, databases, web hosting CP, storage space, DNS, stats, etc., is being served by a single hosting server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based web site hosting vendors cannot include extra functionality and manipulate it the way they want it) and there is no open source file platform (they must set up their own file system), which is the foundation of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared web site hosting plans, which are driven by a genuine cloud web page hosting solution. With a shared web page hosting account, each client pays only for his/her plan, thus keeping the webspace hosting price really low (because plenty of customers are hosted on one and the same hosting server). In a few words, a shared hosting package, which is hosted on a cloud web hosting solution, permits you to pay just for the resources that you indeed require, refraining from a scenario where you pay for a feature-rich web space hosting account that you cannot truly utilize, or for a small web space hosting package that cannot handle your website. The possibility to upgrade your account from one package to another with just two clicks gives you the flexibility to kick off with a low-end package and upgrade as your web page expands. Thus, you economize cash that you can expend on advertising the web page while it is still new. Each site hosting plan delivered by 'Net For Africa' boasts an online site builder and more than forty popular script-driven software applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will save you 100s of dollars for site design services. 'Net For Africa' provides shared hosting accounts in several different countries around the World. There is one data center facility in Chicago encompassing the US and Canada; 2 European server farm facilities - in Great Britain and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia Pacific region. Thus, virtually the entire Globe is encompassed to present you and your web page's visitors with a stable and fast website hosting service at a nearby place. All in all, the shared hosting services delivered 'Net For Africa' are quite well stocked and are available at a very low price (starting from $3.75 for the Starter 100 plan).

Semi-dedicated Servers

To customers with little or no practice, a VPS may seem problematic to handle. That's perhaps why 'Net For Africa' also keeps semi-dedicated web servers in its principal American data center facility in Chicago. Handling these packages is similar to managing a normal shared website hosting package through a site hosting Control Panel GUI. They have all the features of a shared website hosting package such as a free-of-cost web site building tool and a script installation tool, but the amount of system resources offered by a semi-dedicated server web hosting package is many times bigger than that of a shared site hosting package. For example, the CPU power that can be used is nearly FIVE times as much as compared with the shared web site hosting packages. When compared with a shared website hosting plan, the quota of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting packages is enormous: 90 000 / hour. An unmetered hosted domain allowance is a principle as well. The semi-dedicated hosting server packages do not ship with full root-level access (we, at mbg-africa.com, consider this a tiny inconvenience), but the good point is that they are managed via the very same website hosting Control Panel user interface as the shared web space hosting packages. This means that a recognizable graphical environment is offered to all clients who are not confident enough to administer a virtual web server, but at the same time require more power and system resources than a private virtual web server can supply them with. This is like that owing to the fact that the semi-dedicated hosting servers share the resources of the very same powerful ultramodern hosting servers as the ones which host the virtual server accounts, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated hosting servers is very small (somewhere between twenty to thirty per physical server), while the VPS web servers can reach a much greater number (80 to a hundred and twenty per physical server). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers furnished by 'Net For Africa' can be categorized as being very cheap (as far as price is concerned), beginning from $20.00 for the Semi Dedicated 1 plan.

Dedicated Servers

In mbg-africa.com's opinion, enormous web pages such as social networks, community and corporate portals or famous online stores with thousands of clients request a much more powerful web hosting platform. It seems that the chaps from 'Net For Africa' have drawn the same conclusion as well. To satisfy its users' anticipations, 'Net For Africa' provides an assortment of dedicated web servers that can handle millions of daily visits. That assessment rests on the hardware specifications the servers come with: Dual and Quad-core processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, 2000 gigabytes of data storage and Gigabit NICs will beyond doubt guarantee the fast and steady performance of any type of web site. According to 'Net For Africa', the original hardware configurations can be upgraded for more system resource-requiring sites. We, from mbg-africa.com, believe that all dedicated server configurations delivered by 'Net For Africa' are also appropriate for launching a hosting reseller business as each and every hosting server comes with free-of-charge billing software platform and a charge-free domain reseller account. Unlickily, the dedicated web servers supplied by 'Net For Africa' are all unmanaged. We, at mbg-africa.com, think of this as a small disadvantage, which can be corrected by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD. So, if you are in need of assistance, the Managed Services upgrade provides a selection of extra services such as a regular backup, software installation, dedicated web hosting server surveillance and troubleshooting procedures. An array of web page hosting Control Panel (CP) interfaces are available with each of the hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (mbg-africa.com's) prediction is that the superb point-and-click File Manager available in the Hepsia webspace hosting Control Panel will perhaps render the use of any File Transfer Protocol client futile. Our (mbg-africa.com's) inference is that the dedicated servers delivered by 'Net For Africa' don't appear to be very affordably priced (still the Hepsia web hosting Control Panel and the unlimited hosted domain quotas will doubtlessly make you smile), beginning from $40.00 for the Atom 2c plan.