Free Or Paid Web Hosting?

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Just finished your first website? So it's the time to look for some
hosting and make a choise. Your first qustion probably will be whether
to choose free or paid hosting service. Let's have a look at some
advantages and disadvantages of these solutions.

Free web hosting:
(+) It's for free. You don't need to pay for domain name.
(-) Your URL will be something like or As I noticed above, the advantage is that you
don't need to pay for domain. But note that if you move your website
to another provider in the future you can loose some or all your
traffic (there are some solutions how to solve this problem but it is
not the point of this article).
(-) Your provider will probably include ads to your pages - usually 1
or 2 banners, sometimes popup windows. If you plan to use banner
exchange on your site read carefully their Terms and conditions. Some
free hosts doesn't allow it.
(-) Free hosts usually allow lower bandwith then paid hosts and a lot
of them don't offer futures like PHP and MySQL.
(-) A lot of free hosts change their Terms and conditions during some
time. If your free host offers hosting wihtout ads now, don't be
surprised when banner or popup appears on your site in the future.
(-) Sometimes happens that free hosts cancel their free service and
longer offer paid hosting only. In this case you have only 2 choises -
pay them or loose your website.

Paid web hosting:
(+) You can host your own domain. If you decide to change the web
hosting provider in the future, you easily transfer the domain to the
new provider and don't loose your traffic.
(+) Most paid hosts offer 24/7 support via email or live chat and some
of them provide toll-free phone support.
(+) You can expect better uptime then on free host. Some paid hosts
offer uptime guarantee.
(+) Paid hosts usually offer enough disk space and bandwith. Futures
like PHP and MySQL are standard. Even if you are not programmer you
can download plenty of free PHP scripts from internet.
(-) Paid hosting coast money :o)

Before you make the decision if choose free or paid host you should
answer this question: How big ambitions do I have with my website? If
you are starting small personal page for your friends consist of a few
*.html files then free host will be sufficient. In case you plan to
run serious business website, need PHP, database and don't want ads on
the site I recommend to look for quality paid host.

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