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A review of Online Impact

We, at, have selected 'Online Impact' to be our present domain name and web hosting provider. Therefore we think that this succinct review of 'Online Impact' is perhaps going to be quite helpful for other people from all around the Globe in need of domain name and web hosting solutions. We state individuals from all around the Globe, because the simple fact is that 'Online Impact' presently distributes domain and hosting services in several data center locations: in the USA (Chicago, IL), in Great Britain (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, covering nearly the whole Globe. At least from the point of view of the World Wide Web. So, here is what you could expect from 'Online Impact' in a nutshell:

Shared Web Hosting Services

The initial thing we, at, have detected is the low-cost prices of the shared web site hosting accounts supplied by 'Online Impact'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared web hosting. The good news here is that the hosting packages offered by 'Online Impact' are driven by a custom devised, avant-garde cloud web hosting solution (each web hosting service, such as mail, databases, site hosting Control Panel, disk space, DNS, statistics, etc., is being handled by a separate pack of web servers in a cluster). This is a circumstance EVERY cPanel web hosting company on the Globe will have huge problems with, because cPanel is a one single server based webspace hosting platform (each hosting service, such as electronic mail, databases, CP, disk space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being run on one single web hosting server), cPanel is not open source (therefore the cPanel-based hosting companies are not able to add additional functionality and handle it the way they want it) and there is no open source file system (they have to concoct their own file system), which is the premise of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared hosting plans, which are driven by a real cloud webspace hosting platform. With a shared web page hosting package, each client pays just for his/her plan, thus retaining the web site hosting price amazingly low (because lots of clients use the same server). To cut a long story short, a shared hosting account, which runs on a cloud web hosting solution, allows you to pay only for the resources that you really demand, avoiding a situation where you pay for a high-end web hosting account that you cannot really use, or for a low-end site hosting plan that cannot host your web page. The ability to upgrade your account from one package to another with only 2 clicks grants you the flexibility to begin with a tiny package and upgrade as your web presence grows. Hence, you save money that you can invest in publicizing the website while it is still novel. Every web space hosting package supplied by 'Online Impact' boasts an online website builder and over 40 widely used script-driven platforms among them WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will economize you hundreds of dollars for web design services. 'Online Impact' provides shared webspace hosting accounts in a number of different regions across the World. There is one data center in Chicago covering the United States and Canada; two European server farms - in Great Britain and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia-Pacific region. Thus, practically the whole World is encompassed to provide you and your website's visitors with a steady and reliable web page hosting service at a preferred place. All in all, the shared hosting plans offered 'Online Impact' are quite well stocked and are available at an affordable price (beginning from $5.00 for the Starter plan).

Semi-dedicated Servers

To users with little to no experience, a Virtual Private Server may seem hard to manage. That's probably why 'Online Impact' also hosts semi-dedicated hosting servers in its principal US server farm in Chicago. Administering these plans is similar to administering a normal shared website hosting plan via a webspace hosting Control Panel GUI. They have all the features of a shared web hosting plan such as a fee-free web site building tool and a web app installer, but the system resource quota offered by a semi-dedicated web server account is many times bigger than that of a shared site hosting plan. For instance, the central processing unit power that can be used is nearly FIVE times as much as compared to the shared web page hosting plans. When compared to a shared web site hosting account, the number of database queries added within the semi-dedicated hosting accounts is great: 90 000 / hour. An unlimited hosted domain allowance is a pattern too. The semi-dedicated server web hosting packages do not arrive with complete server root access (we, at, deem this a tiny minus), but the plus is that they are managed via the very same webspace hosting CP tool as the shared web site hosting packages. This signifies that a user-friendly graphical interface is accessible by all customers who are not self-confident enough to administer a VPS, but at the same time need more power and features than a virtual private web hosting server can give them. This is like that because of the fact that the semi-dedicated servers share the system resources of the very same powerful first-rate servers as the ones which accommodate the private virtual server plans, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is very small (somewhere between 20 to 30 per physical machine), while the virtual hosting servers can reach a much higher number (eighty to 120 per physical machine). Having that info in mind, the semi-dedicated servers provided by 'Online Impact' can be classified as being very cheap (as far as cost is concerned), commencing from $20.00 for the Mini plan.

Dedicated Web Servers

In's opinion, big websites such as social networks, community and corporate web portals or famous web shops with 1000s of clients demand a much more powerful site hosting platform. It appears that the blokes from 'Online Impact' have arrived at the same conclusion too. To answer its customers' demands, 'Online Impact' offers a selection of dedicated web servers that can tackle millions of daily hits. That evaluation rests on the hardware configurations the servers ship with: many-core processors, up to 4 GB of RAM, 2000 gigabytes of disk storage and Gigabit NICs will beyond doubt ensure the fast and stable performance of any sort of website. In 'Online Impact's opinion, the original hardware specifications can be upgraded for more system resource-requiring websites. We, from, deem that all dedicated server configurations provided by 'Online Impact' are also suitable for kickstarting a hosting reseller business as every dedicated server provides free billing software and a cost-free domain reseller account. Sadly, the dedicated servers furnished by 'Online Impact' are all unmanaged. We, at, regard this as a tiny minus, which can be corrected by paying a monthly fee of $36.00 USD. So, if you are in need of assistance, the Managed Services upgrade offers a few supplementary services such as a routine backup, software installation, hosting server surveillance and troubleshooting procedures. An array of hosting Control Panel (CP) interfaces are available with each of the dedicated servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our ('s) forecast is that the great point and click File Manager available in the Hepsia web site hosting CP will possibly make the recourse to any FTP software program pointless. Our ('s) conclusion is that the dedicated servers furnished by 'Online Impact' don't appear to be very modestly priced (yet the Hepsia web hosting Control Panel and the unmetered hosted domain name quotas will beyond doubt make you smile), starting from $40.00 for the Cyclop package.