When we start our journey in the online world, the most obvious thing that we need is probably a website. Domains and hosting are the two most basic aspects of a website. However, both of these generally cost you a certain price and when you are just starting out, it may be tough to spend money.
In this article, we will talk about the topic of free hosts available online. We will basically try to answer some basic questions that newbies have regarding free web hosting. As I said already, free web hosting can turn out to be an amazing option, because, these don’t cost a single dime, however, there are certain problems associated with it as well.
Why do free hosts offer web hosting space for free?
The fact is that the free web hosting providers kind of limit your control on your own website. They will automatically insert advertisements on your website and, for many providers, users won’t be able to put ads of their own. In the latter case, you won’t have any option to make a profit as you won’t be running your own ads. For the former case, you can earn some revenue, but, it’s still getting divided, since a visitor has so many options to make a click (he or she may or may not click on your advertisement).
What limitations are there with free web hosts?
Lots of to be honest! You will have limited bandwidth, hence, if your website visitor numbers grow, they won’t be able to access your site. Some of the most common features of any regular paid web hosting package are in general not available on these free hosting providers, such as: CGI scripts, PHP programming, FTP, MySQL etc.
Free hosts upgrades to paid hosts
Most of the so called free web hosting providers gives the option to upgrade. So, when you are tired of all the limitations, you may try to upgrade. This serves two purposes: you save yourself from the hassle of migrating to another host and secondly, all of your limitations will be eradicated as you will have a better control on your website. If you have been with the provider for quite some time, it’s also possible to have some discounts for the regular paid hosting prices.
Should free web hosts be used?
Free web hosting is pretty useful when you have no money to start. However, there are lots of issues and limitations associated with it, and I personally suggest you to go for paid packages all the time. These cost money, but you will be more confident knowing you have full control of your website, while trying to make your web venture successful.