Thursday, 20 October 2011

Disadvantages Of Free Hosting

Undeniably, web hosting is the biggest online business today. Since practically every web site needs hosting, with the millions of sites existing in the worldwide web today, there is definitely a great demand for hosting services.
While it is beyond doubt the web hosting is needed in order to make a particular product, service, organization, and individual accessible in the worldwide web, choosing the appropriate hosting is sometimes not very easy. First and foremost, there are many different companies that offer hosting services and various features. Second, there are also a lot of plans to choose from that somehow determining the plan that would suit your site's needs is pretty taxing to do. However, if you patiently scrutinize every hosting plan available, you will definitely find the perfect plan for you.
Some of the most common web hosting services are shared hosting, dedicated hosting, reseller hosting, and Virtual Private Server among others. Each of these plans offer different features and hosting capacities. Basically, the standard features of basic web hosting include unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, and domain hosting. However, different sites have different needs as such some web sites require more than just the standard features that basic hosting offers, thus opting for hosting plans that cater to the web site's needs.
On the other hand, most web sites opt for free hosting. Aside from the fact that this hosting service is free, it also seemingly caters to the basic needs of "smaller" sites. Indeed, free web hosting is very enticing, but if you really look at the total package, you will definitely think otherwise. Free web hosts offer little or even no support at all. It is very seldom that you find free web hosts that offer customer support. Not many new free users may know this, but neglectful support can ruin a hosting experience; which may not be good for any web site at all.
Since many users would prefer free hosting, overcrowding of servers is expected. Free hosts are never known for their reliability and uptime. The overcrowding of servers result to slow uptime, and even worse, servers are frequently down.
In any business, you usually get what you pay for. Since you are not paying anything for free hosting, then surely you cannot expect something big. Free web hosting does not include advanced features, software, and email services that paid hosting services do. While this may seem acceptable for some web sites, in the long run, web sites may have bigger and greater requirements that cannot be sufficiently provided by the basic features that free hosts offer anymore.
Finally, free web sites also come with intrusive ad banners and pop up windows. Now, this is definitely a nuisance to the site's visitors. Unfortunately, free hosts add advertisements in the form of text link, banner, or pop up to free users' web sites. As such, visitors are interrupted whenever these ad banners and pop ups interfere as they are browsing through the web site.

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