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An evaluation of The Gate

We, at snttv.com, have selected 'The Gate' to be our current domain and hosting supplier. Hence we believe that this brief assessment of 'The Gate' is probably going to be quite helpful for other folks from all over the Globe who need domain name and web hosting services. We state people from all around the Globe, since the simple truth is that 'The Gate' currently provides domain and hosting services in multiple datacenter sites: in North America (Chicago, IL), in the UK (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). That way, encompassing nearly the whole Earth. At least from the point of view of the Internet. So, here is what you could expect from 'The Gate' in brief:

Shared Website Hosting Services

The first thing we, at snttv.com, have noticed is the cheap prices of the shared hosting plans provided by 'The Gate'. Shared doesn't seem very good, does it? Well, that's what it is referred to as: shared hosting. The good thing here is that the webspace hosting accounts provided by 'The Gate' are powered by an in-house designed, modern cloud web hosting platform (each web hosting service, such as email, databases, Control Panel, storage space, DNS, stats, and so on, is being dealt with by an independent stack of web hosting servers in a cluster). This is something ANY cPanel web hosting supplier on the Earth will have mammoth difficulties with, because cPanel is a single server based web page hosting environment (each hosting service, such as mail, databases, Control Panel, data storage, DNS, statistics, and so on, is being run on one and the same hosting server), cPanel is not open source (hence the cPanel web hosting corporations are not able to add new functionality and manipulate it the way they want it) and there is no open source file platform (they need to construct their own file system), which is the basis of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared site hosting packages, which are driven by an actual cloud hosting solution. With a shared site hosting plan, each client pays just for his/her plan, thus preserving the webspace hosting price really low (because plenty of customers utilize one and the same hosting server). In a nutshell, a shared hosting account, which is being served by a cloud web hosting platform, allows you to pay only for the resources that you really need, avoiding a situation where you pay for a powerful site hosting package that you cannot truly use, or for a low-end web space hosting account that cannot shelter your web site. The possibility to upgrade your account from one package to another with only 2 clicks of the mouse gives you the flexibility to start with a tiny package and upgrade as your website expands. Thus, you spare cash that you can invest in publicizing the web site while it is still novel. Each and every site hosting plan offered by 'The Gate' comes with an online web site building tool and over 40 popular script platforms among them WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart and Moodle that will spare you hundreds of dollars for web page design services. 'The Gate' provides shared site hosting services in several different regions around the Globe. There is one server farm facility in Chicago covering the US and Canada; two European datacenter facilities - in Britain and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia Pacific region. That way, nearly the entire World is encompassed to present you and your site's visitors with a stable and fast web site hosting solution at a desired place. On the whole, the shared hosting services delivered 'The Gate' are very well equipped and are available at a very inexpensive price (beginning from $3.75 for the Starter plan).

Dedicated Servers

In snttv.com's opinion, enormous web sites such as social networks, community and business portals or famous online storefronts with thousands of customers call for a much more powerful web page hosting platform. It seems that the guys from 'The Gate' have reached the same conclusion as well. To answer its customers' anticipations, 'The Gate' supplies a selection of dedicated servers that can tackle millions of daily visits. That assessment rests on the hardware specs the dedicated web servers are offering: multi-core processors, up to 4 gigabytes of RAM, 2000 gigabytes of disk storage and Gigabit network interface cards will undoubtedly ensure the quick and steady performance of any kind of web site. According to 'The Gate', the primary hardware configurations can be upgraded for more resource-requiring web sites. We, from snttv.com, deem that all dedicated server configurations provided by 'The Gate' are also suitable for initiating a hosting reseller business as each and every hosting server offers free-of-cost invoice transaction software and a fee-free domain reseller account. Sadly, the dedicated web servers supplied by 'The Gate' are all unmanaged. We, at snttv.com, regard this as a minor defect, which can be corrected by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD. So, if you demand support, the Managed Services upgrade provides a number of extra services such as a regular backup, software installation, web server surveillance and troubleshooting operations. An array of web page hosting CP (CP) user interfaces are offered with each of the dedicated hosting servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (snttv.com's) forecast is that the impressive drag-and-drop File Manager added in the Hepsia web site hosting CP will perhaps render the utilization of any File Transfer Protocol software futile. Our (snttv.com's) conclusion is that the dedicated servers provided by 'The Gate' don't seem to be very modestly priced (still the Hepsia web page hosting Control Panel and the unlimited hosted domain name allowance will no doubt make you smile), beginning from $145.00 for the Xeon Scalable 8c plan.