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Posted on Thursday, 21st May 2015 by The Free Hosts

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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Posted on Saturday, 21st March 2015 by The Free Hosts

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
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

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

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Posted on Thursday, 18th September 2014 by The Free Hosts

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. (more…)

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Posted on Tuesday, 29th May 2012 by The Free Hosts

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. (more…)

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Posted on Friday, 30th March 2012 by The Free Hosts

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. (more…)

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Posted on Saturday, 22nd May 2010 by The Free Hosts

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.

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Posted on Thursday, 18th February 2010 by The Free Hosts

Online success depends on many factors.  Basically we will need one domain name, and one web hosting service, to start with.  Afterwards we can decide about the actual erection of the website and the content that is to be uploaded to its webpages.  But to start our online business, the hosting webspace and domain are needed first.

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Posted on Monday, 10th August 2009 by The Free Hosts

Some free hosting providers really are true to their word, they offer you a handful of space and monthly data transfer which comes with good support – all completely free with no strings attached. There really are free hosting providers out there that aren’t there to get anything from you but are committed to building a good reputation by providing free hosting – which is all good in my eyes. There are actually a wide variety of problems with some free hosting providers, they actually aren’t as ‘free’ as they say they are.

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Posted on Sunday, 26th July 2009 by The Free Hosts

Almost anyone will tell you that there is no comparison between a free web hosts versus a paid host. Do not think however that you will need to avoid free web hosting all together though. They are good for the more immature companies that are not that professional in terms of business sense. It is also good for those companies that may not require a big amount of bandwidth or space. When it comes to an actual online company that is professional in manner however free web hosting begins to lose its appeal. These companies require a high quality, reliable, as well as more supportive hosting service that do not have very many pitfalls. There are certain points that distinguish these two components into two very different categories.

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Posted on Saturday, 18th April 2009 by The Free Hosts

Free web hosting works best if you are new at this and wish to learn how the ropes work through first-hand experience. It would definitely not be smart if you started out with a .com business. So, what can you avail from free web hosting providers?

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