Free Website Hosting
Is it really possible to get free website hosting? Yes, it is. In fact there are a few different ways to get free website hosting.
One way is to use the free website hosting provided by your ISP. ISP is an acronym for Internet Service Provider. It is the company you pay for internet service. Some ISP’s offer free website hosting and some do not. To find out if yours does, you’ll have to check with them.
Another way to get your website hosting for free is to use a free website hosting service. With this option, you will usually have to have ads on your site. The size and page location of these ads are at the discretion of the free website hosting provider.
There is yet another option in which to get your website hosting free of charge. You can use your home computer to host your site. This entails much more than most people realize. Your computer must be up and running 24/7 and there are always ongoing security issues to be reckoned with.
As great as it may seem, there are considerable problems with each of theses techniques. If you only need a small site for personal use then free website hosting will suffice. But even then, it may be more trouble than its worth when you consider all the extra hassles that comes with getting your website hosting for free. You remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for”.
You should also keep in mind that if you site starts getting lots of traffic, then you could start putting your own ads on it and start making money for yourself, instead of allowing that money to go to the hosting provider.
Getting back to free hosting of your website through you ISP; there are some ISPs that offer website hosting free of charge if you only require a few pages and you don’t need extras on your site like videos or interactive forms. The main problem with this type of hosting is the URL address they give you. The address will look like one of these:
http: // www. TheCompanyThatOffersFreeSites.com/members/yourname/yourpage.html
http: // yourname. TheCompanyThatOffersFreeSites.com/yourpage.html
Neither of these look very professional, and they’ll limit both your bandwidth and your disk space. Besides the limitations, you don’t want your site cluttered with The ISPs advertising.
As for going with a hosting service that gives you a free website, you should bear in mind that they will usually put ads on your site. Not those small discrete ads, but rather those giant banner ads that stretch across the entire width of the top of the screen. You can’t blame them. That’s how they make their money. Sometimes they’ll place pop-up ads on your site without even telling you.
You can get around all of these problems by hosting your site on your home computer.
Just remember, this requires a lot of work and constant upkeep. It also requires that your computer is always on, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll also need some specialized software to handle all the security risks involved with home hosting.
For small, personal sites, any of these methods should work, but if you’re serious about your website, there is another option.
Go with dirt-cheap hosting.
For only 2 or 3 dollars a month, you’ll have a real domain name, reliable service and no technical or security problems.
There are a number of major companies that offer dirt-cheap website hosting. By dirt-cheap, I mean less than 4 dollars per month. For a free list of them, you can hunt around the internet until you find one, or you can Google the words host + hunter to find a site with a good hosting search option. Just remember that you should opt for one that is 4 dollars or less per month and gives you both free setup and has no domain name fee.
If you desire complete control over your website and you don’t want to pay an overwhelming amount of money for it, then dirt-cheap hosting is the way to go.
The website hosting market is very competitive; you can easily host your pages on a reliable server for very little money.