How To Select A Free Web Host

There were many free web hosts in past which are completely disappeared now or they offer commercial web hosting only. So you should keep a copy of your website on your computer for backup purposes in case of a free web host disappears. 

There were many free web hosts in past which are completely disappeared now or they offer commercial web hosting only. So you should keep a copy of your website on your computer for backup purposes in case of a free web host disappears. Did you think why free web hosts bear costs of providing free web space and bandwidth against advertising? They are earning from advertising by offering preplanned web hosting packages. But there is limitation of some special features for E-commerce websites. It is difficult to find commercial, business, dedicated server web hosting or E-commerce web hosting plans free of cost.

Advertising
Different free web hosting providers have different policies to provide free web hosting. Some web hosts require advertising on your website to cover the costs of providing free web space. Some require to place a banner on your pages, when your web pages are accessed the banner will be shown, others require to show pop up windows when some body accesses your web site.

Web Space
Now the one of the most important questions is how much web space do you need? Mostly sites use less than 5 MB of space but free web hosting providers provide from 5 MB to 15 MB.

FTP Access
Mostly free web hosts provide the facility to design your web site by using free online web host builder. It is useful and easy for the beginners but with the passage of time you need some more facility e.g. FTP access, uploading your pages through email or browser but website builders do not provide these facilities.

File Type & Size Limitation
Free web hosts restrict your web space up to a certain limit; some restrict your page size not more than 200 KB. Some free web hosts allow certain types of  files to be uploaded e.g. they allow to upload GIF/JPG, HTML type of files but others such as CGI, PHP etc. are not allowed.

Reliability & Speed of Access
Your website access speed should be good, if its access speed is slow than visitors would not wait for long to open the site and your website would be listed down. People will move to other sites and leave yours. So always try to find reliable and speedy web host to place your website.

Scripting Languages Access & Bandwidth
Some web hosts do not provide scripting language access but do not bother because there are many CGI service providers. Web hosts not only provide the scripting access but the environment of your script too.Bandwidth is another important issue for free web hosts, some free web hosts impose limit up to a certain amount of traffic on your website. It means if the number of visitors increase or the number of web hits increase from a certain limit then web host will disable your website.

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