For some of you, web hosting plans was not as competitive as they are now. But after seeing so many other web hosting companies popping up you start to wonder if you should make a change to a more affordable web hosting service. Maybe even try a free web hosting program that you have seen. Which is better for you?
Affordable web hosting is what everyone wants but you do not want to give up all the things you had with your old host. Some may offer more bandwidth and space to grow your website but how much do you really need. Before you think about moving to a new web hosting you must first find out how much space you are currently using. Some hosting sites can offer you more than you need in order to get you to sign up. Why pay more for something you will never use. How likely will you build a website that is 10,000GB in size. That is huge! Some of the most popular websites out there is not that big so why pay for it. Plus, you want to make sure that the uptime is 99.9% of the time. If not, it can cost you visitors if your pages are not live all the time.
Free web hosting sounds good but what will you really get? Most will not let you use a top level domain or (TLD). That means your URL will look something like this; yourname.theirname.com. That is good for beginners or a personal site for fun but not for real business. Once you get serious you will need your own TLD and that can be a hassle to chance over. Then you will have to deal with having the third party advertising and banners that will be on your web page. That is how they pay for your web hosting. If you do not want other peoples ads on your website then you must pay for hosting.
Another problem with free web hosting is that most will make you have to participate in their forums. You have to post up a comment on these forums regularly or your account will be terminated. They even limit your subdomains to as little as 2 to as much as 10. There are some decent free hosting out their but their is always a catch. Your site could be pulled if you do not generate enough visitors to your site fast enough. They will gladly delete your account and give it so some who can bring traffic to the advertisers.
This is why I prefer affordable web hosting plans. They give you more control of your website. If your site doesn’t generate traffic right away you will not have to worry about having your web hosting service cancelled with no warning. You will also be given more tools to help grow your website and make your site more user friendly. Reliability is also something you get with paid hosting. They want to keep you as a customer so they will do more to keep you satisfied. Free web hosting can be crappy on purpose in hopes that you will upgrade to the paid service so you might as well get an affordable web hosting plan that fits your needs.
In conclusion, if you are just looking to put up a simple website for fun then sure start with a free web host account for practise. When you are ready to create a serious website for business or money making purposes then you want to find affordable web hosting that lets you do what you want when you want it.