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Reasons to Avoid Free Web Hosting

If you are new to the idea of web hosting, then you’ve probably stumbled across some advertisements for free web hosting on the internet. While this may seem like a great idea—especially if you want to keep overhead costs under control—free web hosting is not always what it is cracked up to be.

Unwanted Advertisements

Free web hosting providers have to make money somehow. In many cases, these hosting companies are paid through advertisements which they will place your website. While this may not seem like a big deal at first, it is important to consider that you will not be given a choice as to the type of ads that are present on your website. It is often the luck of the draw, and it is quite possible that some of these advertisements will conflict with what your business offers. It is also important to consider that a website that is laden with advertisements can completely scare off visitors and therefore potential customers. Paid shared hosting and dedicated hosting are completely ad-free alternatives.

Website Limitations

Another thing to consider with free web hosting is that it often cannot provide all of the functionality you need to make your website really work for your business. Most free hosting companies provide only basic themes, and while this is probably okay for some text-based websites that are informational in nature, it can hardly stand up to the pressures of e-commerce. In fact, many free companies do not offer any e-commerce support at all. If you want your customers to be able to place orders online, you’ll need to consider shared hosting for small businesses or even dedicated hosting for large businesses that anticipate a lot of transactions.

The Middleman

Finally, it is important to be very wary of reseller hosting. Although reseller hosting isn’t prevalent in the realm of free hosting since there is not really any money to be made by the reseller, these individuals do have the option to resell what would otherwise be free packages at very low rates to make a profit. Again, depending upon the nature of the website, this is not always a bad thing. However, you may be able to get the exact same service for free elsewhere, and you may also regret your decision when you discover that you have no direct contact with the actual website host.
If you want your website visitors to have the best experiences possible, you should look into paid services whether they involve shared hosting, dedicated hosting or even colocation hosting—especially if you own your own server. This way, although you are paying more for the service, there are more benefits and fewer limitations.