Free Vs. Paid Web Hosting
With the growing number of free Web Hosting servives available on the Internet today,
you may be asking yourself "Why should I pay for Web Hosting when I can get it for free?".
This is actually a very good question and in the this article, I plan on evaluating the benefits
of each type of Web Hosting.
Several free Web Hosting services include AvaFreeHost, Xoom,
GeoCities. Most offer varying degrees of
flexability when it comes to setting up an account. For instance some give you the ability
to have an actual domain name while most require that you have a sub domain under
their primary domain, i.e. http://geocities/yourname/... Some also allow you to run your own CGI
scripts while others do not. One thing almost all free Web Hosts have in common is
that they provide only a limited amount of disk space (usually 5-10 MB), they are very
strict when it comes to data transfer and they usually
require that you have their ads on your Web Site.
One of the biggest compaints that users of free Web Hosting have is that they
must often allow the Web Host to include banners or advertisements on their Web Sites.
You've probably come accross a Hypermart or
GeoCities Web Site and seen how an advertisement window pops up when you access the site.
Many people find this annoying and want the freedom that paid Web Hosting allows.
Another big factor that often causes people to go in search of paid Web Hosting is the
desire to have a domain name. Most free Web Hosting companies do not give you this opportunity.
If you do have access to your own domain with a free Web Host, chances are that you will have
to put up with advertisements on your Web Site.
Most companies that offer free Web Hosting also have strict limitations with regards to running
and installing your own CGI scripts. Some will provide pre-installed scripts that you will have access
to such as guestbooks, counters, or email form processors. However, if you want to test, install and run your
own scripts, you will probably need to find a reliable paid Web Host. If this is a feature that you are
interested in, be sure to ask any potential Web Host about their CGI script policies since they vary widely
from company to company.
If you have a fairly large Web site or offer lots of graphics, free Web Hosting may present some
problems for you. Most free Web Hosting companies have strict disk space limits, usually 5-10 MB or less.
While this is plenty for most Web Sites, some may find this is not enough. Before signing
up with any Hosting service, be sure to ask ask disk space limits and the policies invloved in increasing
the alloted space.
Ultimately, the type of Web Hosting you choose depends on the specific needs of your Web Site.
If you have a small personal Web Site and don't mind the ads and limititations that come with most free
Web Hosting, then that may be the best choice for you. However, if you have a company or business, then you
probably want your own domain name and that usually requires that you find paid Web Hosting.
We can recommend you quality and cheap paid web hosting services:
http://www.AvaHost.net or http://www.ePowHost.com
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