Whats Wrong With Free Website Hosting?

By: Michael Hemmins
How on earth did we get by as a society in the past, without having a website each? If you don't have something to do with your business website, then chances are that you have some form of social website and even though you may have been intimidated at first by thoughts of how to build your own website, technology has provided plenty of usable solutions.

Building a website is very important, but after that is done, you have to figure out where to host it. You will have many choices to make about how you want to host your website.

The first thing you need to think about is if you want to pay for hosting or go to a place where you can host it for free. There are good points and bad points to both options.

If you go the free route, it will look less professional. The major downside is that you have no control over the domain. Your site will be a sub-domain of the main website offering the service which means that you could end up with a really obscure url.

Another negative about using these free hosting sites is that they could display ads on the site. This could ruin the entire look and layout of your website and you have no control over it.

Unfortunately, the only positive element of free website hosting is the fact that it costs you nothing.

Paying for hosting is by far the best option. By paying, you get control of your site, so no more annoying ads that you aren't even get paid for, plus you get to put your domain name on the site. You can pretty much put anything you want on the website.

The only negative to going this route is that you obviously have to pay.

Don't think that website hosting will cost you a fortune though, as there are hosting plans from over $30 a month, to less than $10 a month. If you want to pay month to month, a lot of companies offer this option and some may require a fee up front and then charge you as each month goes on.

Some website hosting companies offer the option to pay annually. It's better to pay a year at a time or multiple years at a time if you plan on having a website for a long time. In some cases, the more years you pay for the, the cheaper the rates go.

Finding the best hosting company comes with a lot of research and comparing. Don't just look at cost - look at what you get with the plan. If your buying for business, bandwidth is the main issue you may want to look for. Some offer much more storage space and bandwidth, and others offer features to their plans that you won't even need. It's all a matter of finding the best hosting plan that works for you.
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