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An assessment of Serve Direct

We, at, have picked 'Serve Direct' to be our current domain and hosting vendor. Hence we anticipate that this brief evaluation of 'Serve Direct' is probably going to be very helpful for other people from all around the Globe who seek domain name and web hosting services. We state individuals from all over the World, because the simple truth is that 'Serve Direct' presently provides domain and hosting services in several data center facility sites: in the United States of America (Chicago, IL), in the United Kingdom (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thereby, covering almost the whole World. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. So, here is what you could anticipate from 'Serve Direct' in a nutshell:

Shared Web Site Hosting Plans

The first thing we, at, have noted is the budget prices of the shared site hosting solutions furnished by 'Serve Direct'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared web hosting. The good thing here is that the web space hosting packages furnished by 'Serve Direct' are powered by a custom designed, leading edge cloud web hosting platform (each web hosting service, like mail, databases, web space hosting CP, data storage, DNS, statistics, etc., is being tackled by an autonomous bunch of hosting servers in a cluster). This is something EVERY cPanel web hosting supplier on the Globe will have colossal problems with, because cPanel is a one single server based web space hosting platform (each web hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, web hosting Control Panel, data storage, DNS, stats, and so on, is being handled by a single web hosting server), cPanel is not open source (that is why the cPanel-based hosting firms cannot include new functionality and handle it the way they need it) and there is no open source file platform (they need to invent their own file platform), which is the foundation of any cloud web hosting service. Let's go back to the shared website hosting packages, which are driven by a genuine cloud webspace hosting platform. With a shared site hosting account, each client pays solely for his/her account, thus keeping the price amazingly low (since lots of clients share the same hosting server). In a nutshell, a shared hosting package, which is being served by a cloud website hosting system, allows you to pay just for the reserves that you indeed require, avoiding a scenario where you pay for an advanced web hosting package that you cannot truly use, or for a low-end site hosting account that cannot handle your web site. The option to upgrade your account from one package to another with just 2 clicks gives you the flexibility to commence with a small plan and upgrade as your online presence grows. So, you save cash that you can spend on promoting the website while it is still novel. Every hosting account provided by 'Serve Direct' includes an online website building tool and more than 40 widely used script software applications among them WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will economize you hundreds of dollars for web design services. 'Serve Direct' delivers shared web hosting packages in a number of different regions across the World. There is one datacenter in Chicago covering the US and Canada; 2 European data centers - in Great Britain and in Scandinavia; and another one in Australia, which encompasses the Asia Pacific. In this way, approximately the entire Globe is encompassed to supply you and your site's visitors with a stable and reliable web page hosting service at a nearby location. As a whole, the shared hosting plans supplied 'Serve Direct' are quite well furnished and are available at a very modest price (starting from $3.58 for the Starter package).

Semi-dedicated Hosting Servers

To users with little to no experience, a VPS hosting server may seem troublesome to administer. That's perhaps why 'Serve Direct' also offers semi-dedicated web hosting servers in its main American server farm facility in Chicago. Managing these accounts is similar to administering a conventional shared hosting plan through a CP user interface. They have all the functionalities of a shared site hosting account such as a free website building tool and a PHP script installation tool, but the system resource quota offered by a semi-dedicated hosting server plan is many times larger than that of a shared site hosting package. For example, the central processing unit power that can be used is almost FIVE times as much as compared to the shared plans. When matched against a shared site hosting account, the number of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting accounts is great: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted Top-Level Domain quota is a principle too. The semi-dedicated hosting plans do not offer full server root access (we, at, regard this as a slight negative point), but the plus is that they are administered through the very same website hosting Control Panel GUI as the shared website hosting plans. This means that a known graphical user interface is accessible by all clients who do not feel self-confident enough to manage a VPS hosting server, but at the same time require more power and resources than a virtual private web hosting server can furnish them with. This is so because the semi-dedicated servers share the reserves of the same powerful high-end web hosting servers as the ones which host the virtual server hosting plans, however, the number of the semi-dedicated web servers is very small (somewhere between twenty to thirty per physical server), whereas the VPS web servers can reach a much greater number (eighty to a hundred and twenty per server). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'Serve Direct' can be labeled as being quite inexpensive (as far as cost is concerned), starting from $20.00 for the Mercury plan.

Dedicated Hosting Servers

In's opinion, big sites such as social networks, community and corporate portals or popular web shops with 1000s of customers need a much more powerful website hosting solution. It appears that the chaps from 'Serve Direct' have arrived at the same conclusion too. To meet its clients' requirements, 'Serve Direct' offers a selection of dedicated hosting servers that can manage millions of daily visits. That estimation is based on the hardware specs the web hosting servers have: Dual and Quad-core processors, up to 4 gigabytes of RAM, 2000 GB of disk storage and Gigabit network interface cards will doubtlessly guarantee the quick and steady work of any kind of web site. In 'Serve Direct's opinion, the original hardware specs can be upgraded for more system resource-demanding web sites. We, from, think that all dedicated server configurations provided by 'Serve Direct' are also suitable for launching a hosting reseller business as each web hosting server arrives with free invoice transaction software and a bonus domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated servers provided by 'Serve Direct' are all unmanaged. We, at, consider this a tiny inconvenience, which can be righted by paying a monthly fee which amounts to $32.00 USD. So, if you demand backing, the Managed Services upgrade provides a selection of additional services such as a routine backup, software installation, dedicated server monitoring and troubleshooting procedures. A bunch of web page hosting CP (CP) GUIs are offered with each of the dedicated hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our ('s) forecast is that the superb drag-and-drop File Manager added in the Hepsia web page hosting Control Panel will possibly make the recourse to any File Transfer Protocol software useless. Our ('s) inference is that the dedicated servers offered by 'Serve Direct' don't appear to be very cheap (still the Hepsia website hosting CP and the unlimited hosted domain allowance will doubtlessly make you smile), commencing from $115.00 for the Xeon Scalable 6c plan.