An article by Top Web Hosting.
A large number of web hosting companies today are offering free web hosting services, attracting more and more customers. The free service is suitable if you have a personal website or if you are not willing to spend money for a paid professional hosting account. Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of the free web hosting service as a whole.
The most important advantage is that you receive a top free web hosting service - this would eliminate any costs associated with running a personal website, a blog, a forum, or even a small business website. Since the free hosting providers are also offering standard web hosting plans, they will try to provide you with a stable service and to assure you that their servers are reliable. If you get a good free service, it means that you’d get an even better paid service, so it is in their best interest to offer you a decent free hosting solution. This will make you more likely to consider getting a cloud hosting account from them in the future.
The free web hosting solution is a good choice if you do not want to spend money for your website or you are making your first steps in web design and want to see how well you can do, but you are not willing to pay for that. Also, if you need a website for a particular event like a class reunion, a fundraising campaign, or local elections, you may consider a free hosting account as you will not be bound by any contracts and you will not have to pay on a monthly or yearly basis for the hosting service, which you may not even use once the event has passed.
Regardless of how good the free web hosting solution might seem, it also has disadvantages - exactly because it is free. Since the clients do not pay for their web hosting plans, the only way for the provider to offer this service is to put advertisements on every page of your website. Some providers even use pop-up windows and this may discourage the visitors to your website from exploring it or from coming back again in the future. The advertisements will also make any business website look unprofessional - few people would purchase anything from a company that cannot afford to pay for its own website.
There are some technical limitations as well. Since the hosting service is free, the disk space, monthly traffic and file size quotas are usually very limited, whereas email or database support is not always available. You can upgrade either the whole plan to a reliable web hosting plan, or you can upgrade just one feature, such as disk space, depending on the upgrade options offered by the free hosting provider that you are using. Another disadvantage is that you may get limited or no customer and technical support and that there is no guarantee for the stability of the servers. Every company wants to offer stable services, but as long as you do not pay anything, as is the case with the free hosting solution, you cannot demand to receive such services.
Considering the advantages and the disadvantages of the free web hosting solution, you can choose whether you want such an account or a professional one. Some web hosting providers like '50 Webs', for example, offer a number of standard shared hosting plans that are very cheap and greatly exceed the resources offered by any free hosting package.