Free Webhosts: Should You Still Care About Them? – Part 1

For many people, the “free vs. paid webhosting” debate is over. They would just say that there is enough evidence that free webhosting isn’t worth anyone’s time.

Here are some of the reasons why all webmasters and bloggers should prefer paid webhosts over the free ones:

1. Sites and blogs hosted for free make you look unprofessional. Since domain names and paid webhosting are both cheap, if you still choose free alternatives your visitors may see you as a person who shouldn’t be taken seriously.

2. A direct consequence of the aforementioned problem is the fact that many advertisers won’t do business with you unless you have a self-hosted site.

3. There’s no such thing as truly free webhosting. There is always a catch. Undesired advertising is the most common one. On the other hand, many free webhosts won’t allow you to display your own ads on your pages.

4. When you choose a free webhost for your blog or site, your pages aren’t really yours. They belong to the hosting provider. It means that company can do everything they want, which includes the possibility of going out of business without any previous warning. Yes, it means that your site could disappear at any moment.

5. Many free webhosting providers impose tight limits regarding site customisation, coding and file types. As a result, you may not be able to create databases, use javascript, display flash animations and so on.

Could you mention any other reasons why free webhosts aren’t as good as their paid counterparts? If so, please leave a comment.

This is where most articles about free webhosting would end. But this one is going to be different. After all, I’m sure you didn’t come to The WebMaster Blog just to read the same old stuff that you’ve already found on many other blogs. This is why my next post will present an alternative way to view this topic.

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Karen Zara has been involved with Internet-based projects since 2002. She is the creator of Abaminds, a blog for content producers that you can visit by clicking here.

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5 Responses to “Free Webhosts: Should You Still Care About Them? – Part 1”

  1. Zac Davis says:

    There might also be a lack of features on free hosts, such as no PHP, or an older PHP version or something like that. There’s also the extremely poor customer service, and low amount of bandwidth.

    The “you get what you pay for” saying is definitely true here.

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  2. Karen Zara says:

    There might also be a lack of features on free hosts, such as no PHP, or an older PHP version or something like that.

    This is the type of problem I was referring to when I wrote #5. ;-)

    As for poor customer service, I know paid webhosts who have the very same problem. So I think this specific issue isn’t exclusive to the free providers. Unfortunately. :(

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