Hosting: Free Web Hosting: What's the catch?
Finding a free web hosting provider is easy.
Finding one which doesn't have some sort of a
'catch' is not. This article provide an insight
how free web hosting isn't always free, and how
to spot some of the most common 'catches' versus
Someone once said, “Nothing in life is free,”
and when it comes to web hosting, this statement
is the dead honest truth. What you have to keep
in mind when you are shopping for free web
hosting is that these are businesses, and like
any business, their goal is to make money. Let’s
face it, when someone gives something away for
free, there is usually a ‘catch’. With that
in mind here are a couple of popular things to
look out for when looking for free web hosting.
Banners and Pop-ups
What is a banner? What is a pop-up? By now,
if you haven’t seen these annoying
advertisements scattered across web pages, odds
are you have never surfed the internet.
With some free web hosting providers such as
NetFirms or Tripod.com, this is their way of
protecting their bottom line. By agreeing to
their terms when you sign up, you essentially
giving them permission to put advertisements on
all of your pages, and you cannot get rid of
them. These advertisements are what actually pay
for your ‘free web hosting’. Therefore, if
you do not mind your visitors having to see
unsolicited advertisements, there is nothing
wrong with this type of host.
Mandatory Domain Registration
Some free web hosts such as DotEasy will
give you a year free web hosting, just as long
as you register a domain name with them ($20),
or transfer a domain name to them ($35). The
money they make from you registering a domain
name helps pay for the ‘free web hosting’,
and you get a free year of hosting.
Limited Functionality and Bandwidth
Some free web hosting providers will give
you a free web page, but only offer you limited
functionality or bandwidth. For example, some
will only give you 1000 MB of data transfer a
month, or perhaps they will limit the
functionality of your web page to straight html
pages only. They are hoping and betting that you
will need to purchase additional functionality
or bandwidth at some point, and that is where
they make their money. Yes it is free, but be
prepared for a little hassle here and there.
Eventually, one way or another, if you are
seeking a free web hosting provider, you will
probably end up paying some amount of money.
Whether it be to register a domain name, to
purchase additional bandwidth, or just to get
that extra feature, you can almost count on
paying some amount of money. Remember, nothing
in life is free, and when it comes to expensive
web servers, you can almost bet there is a