We, at Top Web Hosting, think this short review of NTCHosting is probably going to be quite helpful for other people from all around the World in need of domain name and web hosting services. We say people from all around the World, because the simple fact is that NTCHosting presently offers domain and web hosting services in multiple data center locations: in the United States (Chicago, IL), in the United Kingdom (Maidenhead, 20 miles outside London), in Sweden (Stockholm) and in Australia (Sydney). Thus, covering almost the whole World. At least from the point of view of the Internet. So, here is what you could expect from NTCHosting in short:
The first thing we, at Top Web Hosting, have noticed is the affordable prices of the shared hosting services offered by NTCHosting. Shared doesn't sound very well, does it? Well, that's what it is called: shared web hosting. The good thing here is that the web hosting services offered by NTCHosting are powered by an in-house built, modern cloud web hosting solution (each hosting service, like mail, databases, Control Panel, disk storage, DNS, statistics, etc. runs on a separate group of servers in a cluster). This is something ANY cPanel web hosting company in the World will have great problems with, because cPanel is a one-server based hosting platform (each hosting service, like mail, databases, Control Panel, disk storage, DNS, statistics, etc. runs on one and the same server), cPanel is not open source (hence the cPanel hosting companies cannot add extra functionality and manipulate it the way they need it) and there is no open source file system (they have to make their own file system), which is the basis of any cloud web hosting service. Let's get back to the shared hosting accounts, which are powered by a real cloud hosting platform. With a shared plan, each client pays only for his/her account, thus keeping the hosting price really low (because many clients share the same server). In short, a shared hosting package, which runs on a cloud hosting platform, allows you to pay only for the resources that you really need, avoiding a situation where you pay for a powerful hosting plan that you cannot really use, or for a small hosting plan that cannot accommodate your website. The ability to upgrade your account from one plan to another with just two clicks gives you the flexibility to start with a low-end plan and upgrade as your website grows. Thus, you save money that you can spend on promoting the site while it is still new. Each and every hosting plan offered by NTCHosting comes with an online website builder and over 40 popular script-driven platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, 4images and Moodle that will save you hundreds of dollars for web design services. NTCHosting offers shared hosting solutions in a number of different regions around the world. There is one datacenter in Chicago covering the USA and Canada; two European datacenters - in the United Kingdom and in Sweden; and another one in Australia, which covers the Asia Pacific. Thus, almost the whole world is covered to provide you and your visitors with a stable and fast hosting service at a convenient location. On the whole, the shared hosting packages offered by NTCHosting are very well equipped and come at a good price (starting from $4.95 USD per month for the Budget Web Hosting package).
As your website becomes more popular, more people will open it simultaneously, thus generating higher server load. Shared hosting plans have certain limits so that all the accounts on the server have their share of the system resources. So, for more popular websites, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) would be a better solution. VPS hosting offers are the optimal ratio between productivity and cost. A VPS emulates a dedicated server and with NTCHosting all Virtual Private Servers on offer come with full root access and a number of Operating Systems (CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian) and Control Panel tools (Hepsia, cPanel, DirectAdmin) to choose from. Please pay special attention to the Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Unlike cPanel (which costs $10.00 USD per month on top of the chosen VPS plan's price), Hepsia comes at no extra monthly charge (it's free with all VPS packages and works with all Linux OSs: CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, while cPanel works only with CentOS) and offers a fantastic Domain Manager where you can register, transfer, renew and manage domain names (cPanel does not have such a tool at all)! The more advanced users can manage the VPS through a Secure Shell console, but novices can also manage it easily through a Parallels Virtuozzo or OpenVZ virtualization panel, installing server-side software, rebooting single services or the whole VPS. Pay attention to this fact: the major advantage of the VPS packages is that if the server load reaches the plan's limit, additional resources can be allocated to this particular VPS for a certain amount of time as long as they are available on the physical server. On the whole, a VPS greatly exceeds the capabilities of any shared hosting plan and the additional resources offer an even more stable and secure service. With NTCHosting, the prices for the VPS plans start at only $16.00 USD per month for the vBox1 package (OpenVZ-based). All VPS plans are available in Chicago, London and Sydney, providing optimal performance for your websites.
To people with little or no experience, a Virtual Private Server may seem complicated to manage. That's probably why NTCHosting also offers semi-dedicated servers in its main US datacenter in Chicago. Managing these plans is similar to managing a regular shared hosting account through a hosting Control Panel tool. They have all the features of a shared plan such as a free website builder and a script installer, but the amount of system resources offered by a semi-dedicated plan is many times greater than that of a shared hosting plan. For example, the CPU power that can be used is almost FIVE times as much as compared with the shared hosting accounts. When compared to a shared account, the number of database queries included within the semi-dedicated hosting packages is huge: 90,000. An unlimited hosted domain quota is a standard too. The semi-dedicated server packages do not come with server root access (we, at Top Web Hosting, consider this a small disadvantage), but the advantage is that they are managed through the same Control Panel tool as the shared plans. This means that a familiar graphical environment is available to all users who do not feel confident enough to manage a VPS, yet are in need of more power and resources than a Virtual Private Server can offer. This is like that because the semi-dedicated servers share the resources of the same very powerful high-class servers as the ones which host the VPS hosting accounts, yet, the number of the semi-dedicated servers is very low (somewhere between 20 to 30 per server), while the Virtual Private Servers can reach a much higher number (80 to 120 per server). Having that information in mind, the semi-dedicated servers offered by NTCHosting can be labeled as being very cheap (as far as price is concerned), starting from $35.95 USD per month for the Pioneer package.
According to Top Web Hosting, large websites such as social networks, community and corporate portals or popular online stores with thousands of customers require a much more powerful hosting solution. It seems that the guys from NTCHosting have come to the same conclusion as well. To meet its clients' needs, NTCHosting offers a number of dedicated servers that can handle millions of daily hits. That estimate is based on the hardware configurations the servers are offering: Dual and Quad-core processors, up to 4 to 16 GB of RAM (DDR3), 500 to 2000 GB of disk space and Gigabit network cards will definitely ensure the fast and stable work of any type of website. According to NTCHosting, the original hardware configurations can be upgraded for more resource-demanding websites. We, from Top Web Hosting, think that all dedicated server configurations offered by NTCHosting are also suitable for starting a hosting reseller business as each and every server comes with free billing software and a free domain reseller account. Unfortunately, the dedicated servers offered by NTCHosting are all unmanaged. We, at Top Web Hosting, count this as a small downside, which can be corrected by paying a monthly fee of $32.00 USD per month. So, if you need assistance, the Managed Services upgrade offers a number of additional services such as a regular backup, software installation, server monitoring and troubleshooting procedures. A number of Control Panel (CP) tools are available for each of the servers - Hepsia, cPanel and DirectAdmin. Our (Top Web Hosting's) prediction is that the outstanding drag-and-drop File Manager offered by the Hepsia CP will probably make the use of any FTP software useless. Our (Top Web Hosting's) conclusion is that the dedicated servers offered by NTCHosting don't seem to be very cheap (yet the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and the unlimited hosted domain quotas will definitely make you smile), starting from $170.00 USD per month for the Gold package.