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Why Free Web Hosting May not be a Bad Thing

There is paid web hosting and there is free web hosting. Most people tend to steer clear of free web hosting as they tend to believe that ?there is no free lunch?. Free web hosting must have its catches?

Well, that really depends on your purposes and your position.

Why purpose?

If your web hosting is for your website which is for commercial purposes, such as an ecommerce web-store, you need absolute reliability and uptime. Every second of downtime is lost revenue. While some free web hosting providers guarantee uptime, you cannot hold it against them if their services do not meet expectations and cause your business to lose hundreds of dollars of revenue. Why? Because most free web hosts will have a clause in their terms that state that they do not guarantee uptime at all because they are a free service. Now, most free hosts will not even guarantee any uptime and those free web hosting services are provided on a best effort basis. You cannot risk hosting your crucial business website on such a free hosting plan.

However, for most individuals who are experimenting with building websites, free web hosting is the ideal choice as there is no monetary commitment and no lost for both parties. Everyone deserves a chance to learn and what better way to learn than to do it? Free web hosting plans from free hosts are the ideal platform for aspiring webmasters to start their web-building careers. Of course these free hosts may require something in return: visiting sponsors, displaying ads on hosted pages, reading emails, and lately, participating in online communities of the free web-host. This last option may not be a bad thing as online communities allow the users to interact and learn from each other.

There is also a last category of users who just want free web hosting for a personal site which they do not find the need to be up all the time and do not see the need to pay for it and do not see the need to do anything for it. There are some free web hosts out there who offer free hosting for nothing ? just a simple sign up. Therefore, a clear purpose for using free web hosting is important. If the purpose is critical and there is no tolerance for problems, then free webhosting is not suitable. Other than that, free web hosting is not a bad thing.

Why position?

Web hosting plans are relatively affordable these days (some plans as low as $1 a month) that almost any working person can afford it for their websites. Therefore, paying for web hosting should not be a problem for those who have an income, or some savings to spend on developing their websites further. Also, any working adult should be able to afford using a Paypal account that most web hosts will accept as a form of payment. On the other hand, students and young people do not have much to spend, much less a Paypal or Credit Card with which to pay for hosting. For this group of people, free web hosting plans are the obvious alternatives if they wish to set up websites without paying anything for them.

To conclude, free web hosting may not be a bad thing for selected groups of people who have a specific purpose. For students and people looking to learn about developing websites, free web hosting is a good thing.

Written by: Dax Christopher.

How to Choose the Right Web Hosting

For somebody who has never started a website or has no experience in this field, selecting the right web hosting can be a big challenge or even the first mistake. Not because it is hard to find a web hosting service, but because it is hard to select proper web hosting for particular website. There are many cheap deals, many free hosting offers and many possibilities for wrong decision. Selecting free web hosting is a very common mistake. There is no free lunch. Free web hosting is fine for some type of websites, but you should always check terms of service and reputation of this web hosting provider.

There are some technical terms connected with web hosting that you should understand and check. You don’t have to go into details and understand the theory and all the details. It is enough to know the basics and to distinguish various hosting plans. Before you start looking for hosting you should have a clear vision of your website. What is the website type (personal homepage, blog, forum, sales letter, e-commerce, etc.), how many databases do you need, how many domains you will use, any special requirements,…

Free Hosting

There are many free web hosting offers around the web. Some will place an ad on your pages, others will require some membership, while some are really free without any special requirements. If your website will be a blog or personal website then free hosting is probably fine. However, do not select free web hosting for any commercial website. For commercial website hosting you need a reliable hosting provider with prompt support.

domain

domain is the name that identifies your website, e.g. mycoolwebsite.com. This domain will be part of the url or web address of your website. The domain name is the most important element of the website if you intend to do some online business. If you will have a simple blog or personal homepage then the domain is not so important. Almost all web hosting providers offer domain registration services. You will have to decide for how long you will register the domain, from 1 year to 10 years. After that period you will have the possibility to extend the registration. There is no rule for the registration period, select according to your needs. You might also already have some domain registered. When you will have access to control panel of your hosting you will simply enter the domain details. Many hosting providers offer plans with unlimited number of domains. If you select plan which is limited with only one domain make sure you will have no needs for additional domains.

Disk Space

You need some disk space to store your web pages or blog script. The space you will need depends on the pages you will host. Since most hosting providers offer quite a lot of disk space even for the smallest hosting plan, disk space should not be a problem. Some providers offer also unlimited disk space. Of course, it is limited, but the limit is the actual limit of the web server disk space (which is also shared among all the websites on this server).

Bandwidth

When visitors will come to your site they will actually download each page including all supporting files and images that are needed to display this page. This downloading consumes some bandwidth. If your website will not have more than thousands of visitors each (very unlikely) day then this should not be a concern for you.

MySQL Databases

Many popular scripts like WordPress and Joomla need one MySQL database. Database is storage for the content of your pages. Usually you will need only one, but you should check this first. It is a good idea to have a hosting plan which offers more than one database because sooner or later you will install some new script and you will need a testing database.

PHP

PHP is a scripting language which is used to dynamically create web pages. Most popular scripts are based on PHP so your hosting plan should support it. There are different versions of PHP. Check which version your script needs. There are also some other features that your web hosting provider will offer like CGI, Fast CGI, Ruby on rails, SSH, Perl, Chilisoft, ASP, Python, SSI, Cron, etc. Check what your script needs to work properly.

Support

Make sure your hosting provider has at least few different possibilities for support: phone, forum, email, etc. You will need it when your website will be down or you will be lost in the control panel.

Price

Define needs, compare hosting providers and their plans according to your needs and features offered, and only then select hosting plan according the price. You need web hosting because you need continuous online presence and not because some hosting provider is cheap.

There are many other terms that you will find when you will search for best web hosting. If you don’t know what they mean then you can simply skip them, just make sure you will have everything your website will need to work properly. If you will select a hosting plat that will be missing some functionality, you will have two possibilities. Either to purchase this additional feature or to change hosting plan. Anyway, after you will choose your first hosting and set up your first website, you will get some experience for the next web project.

Why Free Web Hosting May not be a Bad Thing

There is paid web hosting and there is free web hosting. Most people tend to steer clear of free web hosting as they tend to believe that “there is no free lunch”. Free web hosting must have its catches?

Well, that really depends on your purposes and your position.

Why purpose?

If your web hosting is for your website which is for commercial purposes, such as an ecommerce web-store, you need absolute reliability and uptime. Every second of downtime is lost revenue. While some free web hosting providers guarantee uptime, you cannot hold it against them if their services do not meet expectations and cause your business to lose hundreds of dollars of revenue. Why? Because most free web hosts will have a clause in their terms that state that they do not guarantee uptime at all because they are a free service. Now, most free hosts will not even guarantee any uptime and those free web hosting services are provided on a best effort basis. You cannot risk hosting your crucial business website on such a free hosting plan.

However, for most individuals who are experimenting with building websites, free web hosting is the ideal choice as there is no monetary commitment and no lost for both parties. Everyone deserves a chance to learn and what better way to learn than to do it? Free web hosting plans from free hosts are the ideal platform for aspiring webmasters to start their web-building careers. Of course these free hosts may require something in return: visiting sponsors, displaying ads on hosted pages, reading emails, and lately, participating in online communities of the free web-host. This last option may not be a bad thing as online communities allow the users to interact and learn from each other.

There is also a last category of users who just want free web hosting for a personal site which they do not find the need to be up all the time and do not see the need to pay for it and do not see the need to do anything for it. There are some free web hosts out there who offer free hosting for nothing – just a simple sign up. Therefore, a clear purpose for using free web hosting is important. If the purpose is critical and there is no tolerance for problems, then free webhosting is not suitable. Other than that, free web hosting is not a bad thing.

Why position?

Web hosting plans are relatively affordable these days (some plans as low as $1 a month) that almost any working person can afford it for their websites. Therefore, paying for web hosting should not be a problem for those who have an income, or some savings to spend on developing their websites further. Also, any working adult should be able to afford using a Paypal account that most web hosts will accept as a form of payment. On the other hand, students and young people do not have much to spend, much less a Paypal or Credit Card with which to pay for hosting. For this group of people, free web hosting plans are the obvious alternatives if they wish to set up websites without paying anything for them.

To conclude, free web hosting may not be a bad thing for selected groups of people who have a specific purpose. For students and people looking to learn about developing websites, free web hosting is a good thing.