The idea of free web hosting sure can be enticing at first, but like all things that are free, there is a catch to it. The consequences of hosting your main business or “serious” campaigns that revolves around launching your website on a free hosting provider, can have some deadly consequences if you are not careful. Be warned that most businesses that start on a free hosting provider are bound to fail already because free hosting providers just cannot keep up with your site’s resources although they may say “unlimited bandwidth” or “unlimited disk space.” Truth be told, there is no such thing as “unlimited” with a price of free.
The only purpose of free web hosting providers to me that I can think of, is that they can be used as “guinea pigs” whenever you are trying to test something out before wanting to test it out on your actual website. Other than that, if you are serious about creating your own website, we strongly recommend finding a reliable paid hosting that offers quality support and competitive pricing alongwith the web hosting package.
Why Not to Go With Free Web Hosting
- Provides no backups (most of the time)
- Sometimes no support
- Limited disk space/bandwidth
- Unreliable most of the time
- Can be restricted to only certain rules
- Can have forced ads
- Data can be loss
- Low tech
- Site can be down the next day to never be returned
- Most free web hosts come and go
At this point your question may be, well what if I don’t want to make a serious website or start a serious business? Then, continue playing around with those free hosting providers until your ready for the big guns. Just be sure to backup anything that is important in the process manually.