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  1. #1
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    Sep 2003

    Default Free Web Hosting Tips

    Can you really get FREE web hosting?

    Yes, there are hundreds of free hosts, as far as not having to pay any money. Generally they either cost you in time, hosting restrictions, or modifying your web pages by adding popups or other adverts. When looking for free web hosting (especially on search engines), you should beware that there are also a large number of commercial web hosts that claim to offer free hosting, but those have a catch, such as paying an excessive amount for a domain name or other service, and therefore aren't really free.

    How do the free web hosts make money?

    The free hosts often make money in other ways, such as putting banners, popups, or popunders on your site. Some free hosting companies do not put ads on your site, but require you as the webmaster to click on banners in their control panel or signup process, or just display banners in the file manager in hopes you will click them. Some lure visitors with free hosting in hopes you will upgrade and pay for advanced features. A few send you occasional emails with ads, or may even sell your email address.

    Are free web hosts reliable?

    Generally no, although there may be a few exceptions. If the host is making money from banner ads or other revenue sources directly from the free hosting, then they likely will stay in business, provided someone doesn't abuse their hosting with spam, hacking, etc., as often happens to new free web hosting companies with liberal signup policies. If the host accepts just anyone, especially with an automated instant activation and it offers features such as PHP or CGI, then some users invariably try to find ways to abuse it which can cause the host to have a lot of downtime or the server to be slow. It is best if you choose a very selective free host which only accepts quality sites (assuming you have one).

    Uses for free webspace

    Free web hosting is not recommended for businesses unless you can get domain hosting from an ad-free host that is very selective. Other reasons for using free hosting would be to learn the basics of website hosting, have a personal website with pictures of your family or whatever, a doorway page to another website of yours, or to try scripts you have written on different hosting environments.

    How to find the right free web hosting

    The best place to search for free webhosting is on a free webspace directory website (i.e. a site which specializes in listing only free web hosting providers). There are some which add new free hosts pretty much every week (and if it is updated often, has usually had to delete about as many). There are also many which almost never update their site, and a huge percent of their links and info are outdated. Unfortunately that includes most of the directories that were the best several years ago. The problem is free hosts change so often, and most fold up in less than a year (often even after only a day or two), that it is hard to keep such a directory up-to-date. The most recommended directory is Free Webspace (, which has a detailed list of over 1000 free web hosting providers with user reviews, ratings, and searchable database. It is updated daily, and the advanced free web hosting search has 42 options, helping you to find the free hosting package with all the features you need, such as CGI, PHP, MySQL, ASP, SSI, and FrontPage extensions.

    For a smaller, more selective list of the best free hosts, there is also:

    100 Best Free Webspace (
    Free Hosting (
    Free Webspace (

    Other (usually less useful) resources include subcategories of freebies sites, search engines and directories, and forums. Your ISP might also supply you with free webhosting.

    Hints for finding the best free web hosting

    Generally it is best not to choose a free hosting package with more features than you need, and also check to see if the company somehow receives revenue from the free hosting itself to keep it in business. As already mentioned, it is best to try to get accepted to a more selective free host if possible. Look at other sites hosted there to see what kind of ads are on your site, and the server speed (keep in mind newer hosts will be faster at first). Read the Terms of Service (TOS) and host features to make sure it has enough bandwidth for your site, large webspace and file size limit, and any scripting options you might need. Read free webspace reviews and ratings by other users on free hosting directories. If you don't have your own domain name, you might want to use a free URL forwarding service so you can change your site's host if needed.

    Recommended free web hosts

    It would be awfully hard to recommend any host and someone not like it, as different people need different hosting features and have different priorities, and the hosting quality may change over time. Also some people want free domain hosting (you own the domain), and others might not be able to buy a domain. Here are some of the most recommended free web hosts, and their main features.
    You get sub domain like 50 MB Web Space with No Ads. 5 GB Monthly Transfer. FTP Access. Control Panel. Web Based File Uploading, Online Web Page Creation Tools. You can also get Free 100 MB Email like [email protected]

    Yahoo Geocities

    Your URL looks like . They give you 15 MB webspace, file manager and editor, web-based Email, and statistics. The bandwidth limit is 3 GB/month, and the file size limit is 5 MB. You can upload several file types such as RealAudio, RealVideo, Flash, MP3, and Java, but other scripting is not supported.
    Become PHP Expert in 30 days - Free Online Matrimonial - Professional Web Hosting, Designing.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Seattle, Washington


    My biggest issue is this.

    I am trying to find a place that allows me to post some MP3's of my music I made, and then just post the links on a chat site I have so people can download the music. I don't care much about streaming and all that fancy noise. Biggest problem is the biggest song file is about 7 meg, and many places won't allow you to upload that much. OR, they will allow you to put some stuff in, but you cannot give permission to others to download it. I have had the hardest time with this. Maybe one day when I have good money, I will just pay for it, but until is hard for me.

  3. #3
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    Jan 2013


    According to me free hosting is suitable for personal or small business website whereas we should opt for paid hosting if it is for large websites which receives considerable traffic.In free hosting we have many limitations like unwanted ads, down time problem and certain features will be restricted,which does not suit for large business.So paid hosting is better in many aspects instead of suffering with a free hosting and then switching to paid host. For economic purpose one can get web services at low cost from host providers like wherein they provide a very good freebie package along with their hosting plans.


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