Awardspace is a big giant of hosting services; it is in this business for more than 10 years now. It is a child company of Zetta Hosting Solutions ltd. and AttractSoft GmbH, both are reputed players. Awardspace claims to provide top class free web hosting service with upto 99.9% server uptime. It has won several awards and is regarded as one of few reputed free hosting providers. But to give you an in-depth sight of the free services it offers, I will talk about all aspects that you need to know.
Intel Core 2 Quad 64bit and Intel Xeon 64bit, 8 GB of RAM, 2×900 GB SATA II Retail Hard Drives. This is what Awardspace servers are composed of, this might not be the best configuration but it is good. Unless every website on a single server starts getting 10 visitors every minute, the server will not give you any problem.
Moreover, a well-engineered and sophisticated Data Centre will make sure that you don’t lose your website data no matter what happens. 50GBPS cable connectivity is really an exception; I tried to test their upload speed but failed as the file was redirecting me to their home page.
Control Panel and Other Abilities
The control panel that Awardspaceprovides is same as the one provided by FreeHostingEU, you can also see a live demo of it from their website. It provides the users with all the capabilities that they need. It is no less than cPanel that you only get when you purchase a premium hosting service (however, you might miss some perks).
To design your website you will get a nice builder with which people from no background skills can also design their website. If you want to use popular CMS like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or any other you can head to the Zacky Installer that comes preloaded with 12 scirpts.
You can also add new or edit existing databases directly from the control panel; it is very useful when you are transferring your website from another host.
One thing that I emphasize most on while choosing a host is the absence of host based ads. Many free web hosting providers place ads on the websites that webmasters create using their services for they are providing the service free. But the good thing is that Awardspace is not like those hosts, it promises 100% ad free service.
No Hidden Charges
If you are suspecting that Awardspace will charge you for activation, then don’t worry about that as this is not going to happen. Awardspace does not charge a single penny in the name of account activation.
Hosting Space and Allowed Bandwidth
If you remember in the review of FreeHostingEU, I criticized the low space and limited bandwidth transfer that they were giving. Although Awardspace(250 MB of disk space & 5 GB of bandwidth transfer) gives more than what FreeHostingEUoffers, but it is certainly not enough.
This much space and bandwidth transfer is only good if you are planning to create a portfolio. If you are planning to create a blog or an online store or any other kind of website that will be dependent on high traffic then you should reconsider your decision.