Free Website Hosting Vs. Paid Hosting –Things to Consider

by Tamal Anwar on Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Free hosting vs paid hostingIn this article I would like to discuss all about free and paid web hosting services. I have used both free and paid hosting services for my blog and website projects.

When it comes to hosting your website on the internet there are just too many ways and too many solutions to go for. It is really very hard to decide since now days you can host a website on the internet for free.

If I can host my internet site for free, then why should I even pay for it? What is the point for paying a monthly fee?

When you are going to host online, these are the things you should give priority:

Your Own Domain Name

Does this web hosting service allows you to use your own domain name, or you have to use a sub domain name like freewebs.com/your-website? It is such an embarrassment when you don’t yet have a DOT COM domain name for your website. Only a few of the free hosting services allow you to use your own domain name while most of them allow it when you do a paid upgrade. Your own domain name is professional and brandable.

Website Uptime

Let me explain, you are in a meeting and you want to show your work to a potential business lead. All of your work samples are stored online on your website. You typed your web URL but the site is not loading. It is showing an error like this one “Server is busy, please try again later” –you hit refresh again, but still you see an error. This happens only with a free web hosting provider. The paid ones offer 99% uptime and they guarantee it.

Web Storage

Right now internet websites and blogs don’t need much space to host. But when it comes to digital photography and videos, you will need tons of storage. If you are a photographer, you will need a web host that offers plenty of storage for your photos. If you are a movie maker or a video producer, you need terabytes of disk space on the web server. This you can get only from a premium web host.

Forced Advertisement

Some of the popular free web hosting companies put ads on pages to cover up their costs mentioned in this article. While it is okay at this point that they are hosting it for free, but it is not okay for you and your website. Let me bring that example again, you show your website to your client and they get distracted with ads. With free hosting you can’t control those ads, let alone removing them. These companies will charge you a fee to go ad free.  Instead of paying them extortion money, you can just go for a premium hosting provider.

Security & Backups

Free web hosts are not secure enough. They can also delete your website anytime they want. All of your hard work will simply go down to the toilet in an instant. With free web hosts it is hard or even impossible to take backups. On the other hand, premium providers keep regular backups and their servers are checked for hackers and viruses. They won’t delete your website without any strong reasons.

There is a saying “You get what you pay for”

This statement is absolutely correct when it comes to web hosting services. When you decide to go online, you have to make sure your website is live 24/7, is secure and professionally hosted on its own domain name.

So the conclusion is you should stay out of free hosts when using your website for business. But which web host to use?

I recommend you get HostGator or FatCow web hosting. I have used both of the premium hosting providers. Read my hostgator review –it is the service that hosts my blog. You can also read this guide to setup fatcow hosting for less.

Free Web Hosting Services That I Recommend

I didn’t say that all of the free providers suck. If you are going online for fun and don’t want to pay any money at all then here are 2 of my recommended providers,

  1. Blogger –Allows you to have your own domain name
  2. Webs –Free website platform but puts ad on your pages

Also do you know with blogger you can use your own domain name without paying extra money for web hosting? Read about it here.

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