A Guide to Using Free Web Hosts
Web hosting is not the easiest of concepts to get your head around and knowing which type of plan or which provider to use is never an easy choice. Even the most experienced website developers have trouble keeping up to date with the latest hosting providers and the new features that they offer. So when it comes to deciding what host to choose for your website, it shouldn’t be a decision that you make lightly.
To start with, if you sign up with a host and then discover that it isn’t going to give you what you need then you may have wasted a significant amount of time that you invested in putting the content together. Wasted time is not good and as we all know in the business world, time is money. So never sign up with a web host without doing a bit of homework first. At the very least, you should be reading hosting reviews to get unbiased opinions of how good each host is, or isn’t, as it may be in some cases.
So, you may be wondering if a free hosting service is the right one to go with. There isn’t really a right or wrong answer to this one. It is more a case of what is right for your requirements. If you need a simple website and you will not be getting huge volumes of traffic then you do not need to pay for the same hosting services that a huge ecommerce website would, for example.
In a nutshell, free hosting is a good option if you need it to be. If you have a really tight budget and you can’t afford to spend £10 per month on a hosting service, then a free host is your only choice for getting an online presence for your business. You can use Facebook pages and other social network platforms to create online advertising but to enable people to find you using the search engines, you need a website.
One thing we must stress is that you will not be able to get the same results from a free hosting service as you would with a premium hosting service. A free hosting service has many limitations, including limited amounts of storage, so you may find that you run out of space. There is also limited bandwidth so if you get a surge of visitors, your website might not be able to handle it. Then you have the domain name issue, in the sense that you are unable to use your own customised domain with many hosts. You will usually have to use a subdomain that your host provides you with.
Whilst this might not seem like a major issue, it makes it a lot harder for people to remember your website address as it is going to be pretty long. Another drawback of using a free host is that you are not entitled to any customer support, so if you do encounter any issues, you will be working those out all by yourself. Some hosts generate income by using your website to place adverts on and you do not have any control over this. So all things considered, there are a number of negatives attached to going with a free hosting solution, particularly if you are looking to set up a highly professional website.
Whilst those are quite a few negatives, the fact remains that free hosting does work for many people. Particularly for smaller companies who are starting with a very basic website and if they only require a page with some contact details, for example. It is when you want something a bit more advanced that you will find that you need to get to the next level in terms of hosting plans.