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Free or Paid Hosting Is the Question You Should Be Asking Yourself?

Asking Yourself About Hosting - Free or Paid?

Creating your own website or blog has never been easier. There are hundreds of options to choose from, and they all try to tempt you as being the best one. But if you are thinking of dedicating a lot of your time into creating your own website, and especially if you’re thinking of quitting your day job to do it, there are a number of things that you need to become familiar with. The first thing that you must take care of obviously is a hosting account which will support your website. Yet at the same time the most important question at this point is whether you pay for the best web hosting, or get one that’s free in the hope that it will do just fine. Let’s see the difference, and then it may be easier to make up your mind.

A free hosting website is a lot easier to set up. It often comes with pre-made themes and templates that you can use to create your website. This is especially useful for those who do not know anything about HTML or CSS. It takes only a few clicks, a username, password, email and what you’d like your website to be called. Bear in mind though, if you are using a free hosting account, you will not be able to have your own domain name. What I mean by this is that the name you choose for your website will actually be contained within the web address of the main hosting site. This is usually in the form of a sub-domain which usually looks like this, http://yoursite-freehost.com

Best Web hostingIf you are building your website for a short period of time, or just for a place to ‘hang’, then this option may still be ok for you. But if you are thinking seriously about having your own website, not having your own domain name it’s a serious no no. Not only does it not look professional at all, it also means that if you ever wish to actually purchase your own domain name in the future, people will no longer be able to find you at the old address. Sure, you can create a post telling the users that you will be changing your address, but expect to lose many of them in the process. If you purchase your own domain name, it stays with you practically forever. Domain names aren’t paid for on a monthly basis but yearly, and they are usually about $10 per year. This is a very small price to pay for something that is of avid importance.

The next problem with free web hosting is that it always displays ads on your website. Although you can choose where to place the ads, there is no option for you to remove them completely. This is because the free hosting server that is allowing you to publish your website on it is the one making the money from the advertisements. Not only that, but you will also never be able to make money on your own or using your own ads. If you purchase your own hosting space on the other hand, you will never have any ads on your website unless you decide to put them there yourself and make money off them. The best web hosting servers even give you tips on how to attract more visitors to your website and have them click on the links.

If you have a paid hosting account, you are eligible for unlimited bandwidth. This means that you can have as many visitors to your website as you want. This is not the case with free hosting accounts as an overload of visitors often makes the website crash. There is nothing worse than broken links and crashed website at the peak of their popularity. It’s much better not having to worry about any bandwidth, you never know if you’ll become popular!

And finally, a paid hosting server has excellent customer service to help you with anything you want! This is a lot easier than having to Google everything all the time. They all have 24 hour help lines that you can call, and also have 24 hour chat services with people working round the clock to answer your questions.

If you can spare a little money, absolutely go for a paid hosting account instead of the free one. The difference between them is enormous and, in case you become an online star and go viral, you will not have to worry about all your fans being able to reach you at the same time.

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Debbi Cole Has worked in the IT industry for eight years and specifically for Server Space for 5 years. She is a keen advocate of cloud hosting, cloud servers and Green data centre issues.

Debbi was a keen motorcycle enthusiast but has since given it up for the safer pass time of Yacht racing although both the weather and professional commitments severely restrict her opportunity to pursue this pass-time.