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Free or Paid Web Hosting?


It really depends on what your needs are and what you are trying to accomplish. There are advantages and disadvantages for both paid and free web hosting.



Free web hosting



Advantages:



– The most obvious benefit is that it’s free.


– You can use your free web space to practice programming. Not many, but some free web hosting plans support a programming language such as PHP, ASP, CGI/Perl, Coldfusion or JSP.


– A free web hosting plan is great for creating a small personal website.

Disadvantages:

– A bunch of free web hosts place their banner and text ads on your website.


– With a large number of free hosts, your website is placed in a sub-domain or a folder (www.yourwebsite.freehosting.com or www.freehosting.com/yourwebsite) which sometimes results in poor search engine rankings.


– Because they are offering free hosting, the majority of free web hosts can not afford to offer 24/7 or any support.


– Very few free web hosts offer a control panel with their plans.


– Another flaw with free web hosts is many don’t allow FTP access which is an obstacle if you have many files to upload.


– Free web hosting plans don’t offer much disk space or data transfer. This could be a problem if you have a lot of large files or if your website generates a lot of traffic.

Paid web hosting



Advantages:


– With paid hosting, you will now have any unwanted text or banner ads placed on your website.


– Your website will not be placed in a sub-domain or folder. You will have your own domain name (yourwebsite.com) which will not only result in better search engine rankings, it also looks more professional.


– Most paid web hosts offer 24/7 support.


– A lot of paid web hosting plans offer a control panel such as cPanel, Vdeck, Plesk or Ensim which offer features like web stats, the ability to password protect directories, and the ability to create web based email accounts.


– Most paid web hosts offer FTP access.
– The majority of paid web hosting plans support at least one programming language to offer you PHP web hosting, ASP web hosting, CGI web hosting, Coldfusion web hosting or JSP web hosting.


– With the more disk space and data transfer you get with paid hosting, you can add more files to your
website and it can handle more traffic.

Disadvantages:

– The only disadvantage here is that it’s not free.

Top 3 Free Web Hosting Services

Nowadays, there are many free web hosting services available on the Internet. Sometimes it can be difficult to choose which one is best for you. First of all, you need to bear in mind free web hosting usually have some limitations such as not allowed email accounts, no mysql databases, no perl etc. It varies from each web host.

There are sometimes hidden cost as well for free web hosting. For example, you need to register a domain name from the web host before you can have free web hosting. Other place restriction on bandwidth, disk space and if you exceed them, expect to pay some money.

Another type is some web host will place banners, text links etc on your web page. Some only occupy a small amount of screen space while others can be as large as one-third. Geocities.com is an example of a free web hosting service that places banners, text links on your web page.

With that said, if you really have no money, then there is no choice but to get free web hosting. It is also useful if you are new to web design and can use it for testing purposes. I still have one hosted on geocities with my first designed personal web page.

There are literally thousands of free web hosting services out there but I will recommend the top 3 which I have used before.

#1 Champshost.com

Champhost is in my opinion is the best free web hosting service. They give 1000MB disk space, no ads on your web page and allows php, cgi, perl. The only thing they ask for is you contribute some post to their forum which isn’t so hard.

#2 – 100webspace.com

100webspace get my vote as the second best. They offer 100MB space, all full features as a paid web hosting, that includes, email, ftp, php, mysql etc. The only thing I did not like they have ads on your webpage but it isn’t too big to be a distraction.

#3 – Neopages.net

I like neopages because they are actually one of the few web hosting services that do not make any kind of money from offering free web hosting. They offer 150MB space, no ads as well as PHP, cgi, mysql, email, ftp etc.

The only issue is approval is on a case by case by members voting and you must have an existing website published already. It is pretty hard to get in since they only allow 3 each week.

As you can see, these 3 are just my favorites and there are a lot more free web hosting services available. Do remember to read the terms and conditions carefully to make sure you are actually getting free web hosting

Also, once you have some money do consider upgrading to paid hosting as they offer a lot more features and better support. You can go to any web hosting or webmaster forums where from time to time, web hosting companies offer big discounts for web hosting.