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All of the free web hosts listed below are ad free (no forced ads) with FTP access and POP3 email.

Editors Opinion: Free hosting should only be a temporary means of hosting your website for testing purposes or in times where money is tight. Paid hosting is more reliable and will result in less headaches and wasted time if you can afford it today. Remember, as with anything in life, you get what you pay for.

With that said, if your only option today is a free web host, here are some that we hope will treat you well. Let others know how it goes with the free host you pick by leaving a comment.

Web Host

Disk Space

Bandwidth

Features

AwardSpace.com 250 MB 5 GB Advanced Control Panel, PHP and MySQL
WebFreeHosting.net 1 GB 5 GB PHP5, Perl, CGI-BIN, MySQL, Script Installer
Mister.net 25 MB 5 GB Control Panel, Site Builder, PHP and MySQL
FreeHostingNoAds.net 1 GB
5 GB Addon Domains, Script Installer, SiteBuilder, PHP and MySQL
50webs.com 60 MB Unlimited Unlimited Domains, Easy Control Panel, Site Editor
FreeHostia.com 250 MB 6 GB 1 Click Script Installer, Addon Domains, 24/7 Customer Support, PHP and MySQL
ByetHost.com 250 MB 6 GB Control Panel with Script Installer, Addon Domains, PHP and MySQL
i6networks.com 5 GB 1,000 GB cPanel with Pre-installed Scripts, PHP and MySQL
iHostWell.com 10 GB 100 GB Advanced cPanel with 1-click Script Installer, Site Builder, phpMyAdmin, PHP5, & More

Please submit a free web hosting review if you have used any free web hosts.

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In the world of free web hosts, there are very few decent services to choose from.  The one that seems to be the most popular by far today though is 000Webhost.com. 000Webhost is run by the paid/premium web host “Hosting24“, which uses 000Webhost as it’s “free trial” program.  The hosting plans feature pack is nothing short of incredible for a free hosting company.  With 100GB of transfer and 1.5GB of storage space, what could possibly hold you back?

As an experiment, we decided to host a WordPress blog with them.  Our plan was to load it with multiple add-ons, third party scripts, and throw as much traffic as we could at them.  In theory, it would be nothing short of a miracle if the site lasted a day, since it was free after all.  Free hosting services don’t like you to use all their resources like that; they want to save it for their paying customers.

The first issue we ran into was with the automatic installation program.  When you sign up for 000Webhost, you are given what they call a CPanel.  We believed it to be a clone of the actual program, but just as well we wanted to try out the features anyway.  Just like CPanel, there is a “Fantastico AutoInstaller” program to use, and it has WordPress available.  However when we tried to install WordPress, we got this message:

“We are upgrading autoinstaller at the moment. We do not have exact date when it wil be finished.  However, you can upgrade account and immediately start using another autoinstalled that has 50 scripts ready to install in one click!”

There’s something wrong with this picture.  This is obviously a ploy to get people to buy hosting plans from hosting24 (that’s what happens when you click their link).  We know this because we’ve been tracking this error message for the past 4 months, from January 2010 to April 2010.  If they were planning on resolving this issue, it would have been done by now.

So we had to install WordPress the old fashioned way, through FTP.  No big deal really.  We uploaded the program and it took just shy of a half hour, which isn’t great but it could have been worse.  Then we set-up the MySQL database & ran the 5-minute-install without any trouble.

Next we had to install our add-ons, and that’s when we started having a little trouble.  While using WordPress itself to download & install multiple add-ons at once, we saw intermittent times where both the web server and MySQL server would not respond for a few minutes.  Sometimes it would work and sometimes it wouldn’t.  This issue lasted for about two hours, and then the servers were working fine again.

Now that we had all of our data uploaded (including some forum posts), it was time to send traffic to them.  The easiest way we though of to do this was to simply purchase traffic from one of the SEO boards, as they sell cheap traffic all the time.  Now this traffic isn’t going to probably pay much attention to the site or click on anything, but what it would do is suck up all the bandwidth pretty quick as the pages would still be loaded.

We bought 10,000 visitors, spread them out over 5 days (2000 visitors/daily), and divided them among a few different posts.  The visitors started coming about 3 days after we purchased them, and for about 36 hours or so things were running quite smoothly.  We tracked both our web server and SQL server with a PING program from our computer and it resulted with an up-time of about 97%, which was acceptable.  But then we started noticing that our visitors had stopped.  We also got an e-mail stating:  “Your account has been temporarily suspended due to SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, please contact an administrator”.

Using the forum board, we were able to contact one of their administrators via PM.  We didn’t explain to them the experiment that we were doing as we felt it would compromise the results.  What we wanted was to be treated like the common user.  The administrator took a look into the log file and told us that in order to use that much bandwidth, we would have to purchase hosting from hosting24.  Apparently, the amount of data transfer posted on the “features” page is only where the system automatically caps it.  If an administrator sees a large spike in bandwidth though, they will manually suspend your account.

We did get our account back after telling the administrator just who we were and what we were doing, and we didn’t have any issues after that.  But the lesson learned here is that if you have a site that has a lot of traffic, you can’t really milk 000Webhost for all their worth.  But for a personal website or small blog it should be alright.

If you have a used 000Webhost and want to share your experience please submit a 000webhost review/comment below.

The Free Hosts User Comments - Our Experience With 000WebHost (1)

Even though there are a large number of people being hosted on paid hosting services, it does not mean there isn’t a market for free hosting sites. If you can manage to start a free hosting site with the right tools and services, it would surely attract some visitors. Today, many people are looking into creating their own personal sites that connect them with their families and buddies. The world’s number one social networking site does not have a website creation system for people to showcase their blog or anything of that sort. If you think about it, allowing users to use social networking sites to build sites could get out of hand.

By creating a free hosting site that incorporates an easy to use site builder as well as a social networking interface, it would really attract users. So, how do you start in creating a free hosting company of your own?

As you may or may not know, in order to provide hosting, you will need a server. You have the choice to choose VPS hosting plans or a dedicated server. You cannot choose shared hosting; as it will not give you access to create smaller hosting plans for clients. Once you have your dedicated server or VPS plan, you need to begin thinking about your website and a name for it. Use search engines to make sure that the name isn’t already registered by another company. Branding your hosting services as your own is a crucial part when you are launching your business.

Hire a web designer to design a unique and relevant theme for your site. The design should incorporate your logo, free hosting plans and other aspects of the site. Don’t stop at free hosting, but instead, offer customers to choose other paid hosting plans. Giving your clients the chance to upgrade from a free hosting plan to a paid hosting service can work really well for you. When the free hosting plan becomes too small for them, they may just consider becoming a paid client, but that does depend on how you treat them as a free hosting client.

When you have your website and servers set up, it is time to focus on the software and website builders you are going to use. You need an automated account creation system that opens up a hosting account for the user that signs up for your site. There are a number of scripts that could do this for you, such as WHMCS. This particular script is great for both free and paid hosting services. The user could use a domain of their choice or use a sub-domain provided under your root domain. The hardest part in getting the free hosting business off the ground is advertising and promotion. Spend time researching the various mediums by which you can promote your free hosting site.

In order to make money, you will need to insert ads on your clients’ sites. As soon as the client signs up for your website, an ad should be added to the homepage of their site. Unlike other free hosts, you should allow the user to change the style of the ad, which would make it blend in with their overall design. This would allow the client to be happy since the ad is not a disturbance to them. Another option is to only have ads placed within the clients’ web hosting control panel. This option might not make you as much money as having ads on the client’s sites, but it will be less annoying to them and therefore you should get more clients that will stay with you. Apart from ad revenue, you can generate sales from your paid hosting section. In the end, it all comes down to diversity in the service you offer.

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The first thing that you’ll notice when shopping around for web hosting is that there is a lot of companies offering free hosting packages. If you look at the free features compared to the premium packages’ features, there probably won’t be that much of a difference between them. Remember though that these companies don’t make money off of hosting web sites for free, so obviously their system is going to be set up for you to want paid hosting. Here’s how they do it:

“Custom” or “Limited” CPanels:

These often aren’t real CPanel systems at all. They’re just PHP scripts the hosting company paid someone to write for it to look like the real thing. A lot of times the advanced features in these panels are designed not to work properly, and suggest to you to upgrade to a premium package. Also, CPanel tutorials will not work properly since there are usually a lot of differences in design and menu layout.

Downtime:

Sometimes these hosting companies actually increase the downtime for their free servers. After all, they don’t make any money making sure they’re in tip-top order now do they? You’ll notice that in peak times in the day (usually noon), it will be hard to get pages to load properly. The truth is that they are purposely down during these busy times of day to make high-traffic web sites switch to premium hosting in order to make a better experience for their visitors. Web hosts know that high-traffic sites mean webmasters that will probably have no problem paying their hosting company and may even upgrade to a more expensive premium hosting package.

Free Host Advertising:

No professional web site should mention “Free hosting provided by…”, as this makes a site look very un-professional and un-trustworthy. If your site has any kind of e-commerce system, people won’t want to buy from it with little annoying “free hosting” ads everywhere. After all, where is all their money going anyway? Obviously the owner doesn’t think to much of his business. It’s like taking your child to the pediatrician working out of his car. People are always cautious spending money online, and most will look at every little clue they can find in order to tell if a business is “real” or not.

Customer Support:

The last real advantage to having a premium hosting package is that you are now a paying customer. You can play the “I pay you guys every month…” card while contacting their customer support service. People will be a lot more willing to help you when they know that your contributing to their paycheck rather than someone that’s trying to mooch off the company for a free service. Usually, the company will even inform you of the great customer support features you’ll get when signing up for a premium package.

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Finding the right type of hosting can be a struggle at times, especially when you have so many options to choose from. The two basic types of hosting services are free hosting and shared hosting. Shared hosting is a cheap hosting solution, but free hosting will be totally free for you. There are both pros and cons to using free hosting and shared hosting. A website that you plan to host will need space and bandwidth, two things that are not free in this world. There is always a price to pay, even in terms of free hosting. Even if your website will only consist of one page, you will still need to have hosting, which should be reliable. The type of hosting you intend to choose is totally up to you, but you should definitely consider the requirements for your website before making a purchase decision. Read the rest of this entry…

The Free Hosts User Comments - Free Hosting over Shared Web Hosting (0)

The concept of free web hosting has been around for several years, and its user base just keeps on growing. Regardless of the type of site you want to host, free web hosting is great way to get started. Many online webmasters first began their online venture with free hosting. Free web hosting allows users to learn the basics of free web hosting as well as to get used to how everything works. There are millions of websites hosted on free hosting servers, and the number of websites just keeps on growing, with no sign of slowing down.

Have you considered starting your very own free hosting business? If you have, the following tips will get you started on the right path. You can begin your free hosting business with a very limited amount of investment, as this business doesn’t require so much money to start-up. Read the rest of this entry…

The Free Hosts User Comments - Beginning Your Own Free Host (0)

Before you decide on which service to host your website, there should be a number of questions that you should have answers to. In fact, you could make use of customer testimonials and reviews that they have posted on their websites as the quality of a company can easily be judged by how previous customers feel about them. Never choose a company that is vague about any of the services that they offer as they should always be very clear and willing to answer any questions you may have. Read the rest of this entry…

The Free Hosts User Comments - Don’t Choose a Web Host without Asking These Questions (0)

When you take a look at some hosting company’s feature packages, not everything is as obvious as it first looks. Web hosts often advertise sketchy information in order to compete with rival companies. Since it’s hard to charge a website for false advertising, web hosts can get away with saying almost anything they want. Here’s a list of too good to be true features you should watch out for when shopping for web hosting. Read the rest of this entry…

The Free Hosts User Comments - Web Hosting Features – What to Watch Out For (0)

Are you new to creating a website? Do you know where to start and how to go about it? Well, let’s start by looking at what you need to do first. As a new comer to the webmaster field, you need to understand that there are various ways to getting started online. In order to have a website, you will need two things; a domain name and a hosting account. Both domain names and web hosting services will cost money, but there are ways to get around that. If this is your first time trying out to build a website, you may want to start off by going in the free services direction, rather than paying for domains and hosting. Read the rest of this entry…

The Free Hosts User Comments - Are You Considering Free Web Hosting? (0)

So, you have your website designed and set up, but you need to get it online for the rest of the world to see. Web hosting is what you need to get, in order to have your website online. Web hosting does come at a price, but it can be obtained for free as well. If your website is going to be just a hobby you have little interest for, you could easily create your website on a free web hosting site. However, if you wish to have a reliable web hosting solution, you should get paid web hosting. Read the rest of this entry…

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