Tag: Host

Problems with my email on Host Gator


Hi there,

All my emails from nick at mortgageinottawa.com go to people’s spam. I only send one monthly newsletter a month to 300 clients. This isn’t crazy spam, but I can’t fix anything and host gator email support keeps telling me it is fixed but isn’t.

Should I switch email from hostgator or website plus host gator altogether? Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions?

TIA

re: Blogging — Is anyone using Host Armada for their site? How is it?


I was planning to avail of SiteGround’s half price Black Friday sales, but I procrastinated too long on it and they’re now back upto full price

The only hosting company with good reviews that still with a sale on seems to be Host Armada

https://hostarmada.com/cloud-ssd-shared-hosting/

Is anyone here using them?

How are they for:

  • Ease of use for a newbie

  • Speed

  • Support

Side question: If you’re not with Armada, who are your hosting company and how would you rate them?

Thanks

Host my own website for business


Hello ppl of the internet,

I want to start my own business and ofc i need a website.

I´am a IT Engineer but I´ve never hosted my own website.

On my Website I only need a startpage and maybe 2 to 4 pages with pictures and a contact form.

My information:

  • rn I have no monthly budget but ofc I dont want to pay a fortune and I need hosting on german servers

  • I wanted to use a template from wordpress.org but I am open for any suggestions

  • Traffic on my website would be about 10 to 100users/day max.

  • I could host my website on a raspberry w/8gb ram (rasp. would be in a DMZ before my Firewall)

  • I would also consider providers like AWS etc.

  • I have basic knowledge of linux (happy to learn)

I need help with the following steps:

  • Selfhost or AWS etc.

  • Should I use wordpress.org or anything else?

  • What resources would I need for amy website (10 to 100 visitors a day)

  • Where can I register my domain and get my SSL cert (can i register it directly at root domains?)

Any help is appreciated.

Where can I host my website and not have it deleted if I die?


Sorry for being so blunt, but yeah, I want to do a personal blog and I’d like it to be my sort of “legacy”. Obviously I am gonna die some day, maybe sooner maybe later and what I don’t want to happen is my website getting deleted in a year or so because of inactivity or not paying.

So obviously the solution should be free (forever), with least likelyhood of my account getting deleted. Doesn’t have to be hosting actually, can be something like WordPress.com or Blogger.com, whatever, I mean it would be nice if it was hosting with PHP but I’m open to any suggestions.

Thank you very much.

Best Buy to Host Hiring Events in Stores to Fill Thousands of Gigs


Amid an unusual seasonal hiring season, Best Buy is holding on-the-spot hiring events at its retail stores.

The consumer electronics retailer announced its plans to hire “thousands” of seasonal workers nationwide. To jump start recruitment efforts, the company is holding on-site job fairs at all retail locations Oct. 3-4.

“The job fairs may include same-day interviews and on-the-spot job offers,” the hiring announcement stated.

According to Best Buy’s store locator tool, it has more than 1,000 storefronts across 38 states and one in Washington, D.C.

Best Buy did not specify exactly how many seasonal workers it plans to hire, though its online job board currently lists more than 2,700 seasonal openings. According to a spokesperson, the company never commits to a specific number.

Seasonal Jobs at Best Buy

Best Buy is looking to hire sales and customer service agents, automobile installation technicians, distribution center workers and more.

All employees — including seasonal workers — are eligible for a 401(k) plan and employee discounts. Plus, this year, the company implemented a $15 minimum wage.

All seasonal positions are entry-level. Some customer service experience is preferred.

For the automobile installation technicians openings, a Mobile Electronics Certified Professional credential is needed, but the program can be completed after onboarding. A valid driver’s license is also required.

Pro Tip

To browse and apply for seasonal openings, use Best Buy’s online job board. Or apply via text by sending BBYJOBS to 97211.

Never Attended a Seasonal Hiring Event Before? Here’s How to Prepare

Walking into a store alongside dozens of other candidates may sound stressful. We’ve compiled tips from hiring event recruiters to help you feel confident.

  1. Check if you need to apply online.
    You may be able to apply on-site at the hiring event, but try to fill out your application online before showing up. In some cases, it may be a requirement. And a spare resume couldn’t hurt.
  2. Dress business casual — with a mask!
    Retail hiring managers say business casual is the way to go. If you’re still unsure, drop by the store before the day of the event and scout out what employees are wearing. Then match your outfit to the job you want.
  3. Be ready to interview.
    It’s common to be interviewed on-the-spot at hiring events. Come prepared to answer behavior-based interview questions, which try to gauge how you react under certain circumstances. The best way to do that is by describing a challenging situation you’ve faced on the job, outlining the action(s) you took and explaining how your response led to a positive outcome.

For additional tips, read our guide to preparing for an in-store hiring event. Then go get yourself a new job.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He covers the gig economy, entrepreneurship and unique ways to make money. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.



How do I host a webpage I made on Canva on my own domain?


So I have this landing page https://www.canva.com/design/DAEHY4xFx7Y/IyPimIWg2CI6igT-trRwXQ/view?website#2 that I want to host on my own domain. Canva doesn’t seem to provide a simple way to download the whole page source.

I tried downloading all the resources from the page using httrack, but it doesn’t seem to work – when I open index.html I get a page saying that I need to update my browser, so something is going wrong.

Is there a straightforward way for me to download the source code?

How to Host a Website on a cPanel VPS


When surfing to buy a web host, the first thing that catches your eye on some sites is the cPanel VPS. But what exactly is a cPanel host? cPanel is not a host, but like other control panels, it is only a web application that is installed on Linux servers, especially the CentOS distribution, and gives you WHM and cPanel access. In other words, based on the Linux operating system, a variety of control panels (like DirectAdmin, Webmin, etc) can be installed, which one of them is WHM/cPanel. The cPanel shared hosting services will give you just the cPanel user-end but the cPanel VPS comes with all root privileges and WHM(admin-end) too.

cPanel is one of the most popular web hosting control panels. cPanel is based and can be run on the Linux operating system and is the most well-known tool for managing your needs in hosting a website or application, like a web server, email server, DNS zone, database, through a super easy and friendly GUI. The simple and functional interface easily integrates all services in one place and allows the user to have them on a featured pack!

Advantages of a cPanel VPS

Saving time

The most valuable thing is time. Due to the simplicity and ease of use of control panels, many technical tasks are done with just a few clicks, thus saving you a lot of time.

Setting up

When you start a website, there is always a concern about the startup process. By simplifying the process, control panels greatly reduce the problems that arise when setting up a site.

Prevent errors

Although mistakes can always be made, using control panels can help you avoid repetitive and annoying mistakes.

Cost

Because you can do a lot of complex tasks using control panels, you no longer have to spend money hiring professionals to manage them.

Easy to install

Many control panels are easy to install by default. With this feature, you can install high-performance CMSes such as WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop, and others with just one click. 

Pre-requirements of installing cPanel

Supported operating systems

cPanel is just provided for Linux with distributions like CentOS 6, 7, 8, CloudLinux, and Red Hat which are based on the RHEL system.

License

With a fresh IP, the cPanel company provides a 15-day trial free and full-featured license but as a result, after this period, a license should be bought for cPanel.

Resources

RAM: The minimum required amount for RAM is 1GB and the recommended amount is 2GB.

Storage: The minimum required amount for storage is 20GB and the recommended amount is 40GB.

Also, you can gather more and complete details regarding the pre-requirements of a cPanel VPS on the link below:

https://docs.cpanel.net/installation-guide/system-requirements/

Steps to install cPanel

Updating The Server

Before installing cPanel, it is best to update the server first using the below command:

yum update -y

Installing Pre-requirements

You can use the below commands to install Perl and Curl

yum install curl perl

Disabling Network Manager service

Ignore this step, if you are installing cPanel on CentOS 6, but for CentOS 7 and 8, it will ask you to disable and stop the NetworkManager service.

service NetworkManager stop
chkconfig NetworkManager off

Setting hostname

cPanel requests for a hostname which should be in the (FQDN) Fully Qualified Domain Name format. For example, in this example, we will use myeserver.mydomain.tld:
Here is the command to set it:

hostnamectl set-hostname myeserver.mydomain.tld

Installing cPanel

The below command will download the latest cPanel version in /home and run the installation bash file.

cd /home && curl -o latest -L https://securedownloads.cpanel.net/latest && sh latest

Once the installation was finished, you will see the link in order to login to your WHM control panel. The link will be something similar to this format:

WHM URL: https://your-server-ip:2087
Username: root
Password: root’s password

Note: Remember to enable the NetworkManager service once the installation was finished using the commands below:

service NetworkManager start
chkconfig NetworkManager on

Where to buy a cPanel VPS

Instead of installing the cPanel by yourself, you can easily order a cPanel VPS service. The providers of this service install the cPanel on the Linux VPS by themselves, and some of them also provide management service on the server which will help you to just upload your website and the provider will do the rest of the basic configurations on your server. Here is a list of a few good examples:

knownhost.com

KnownHost use the OpenVZ virtualization system.

The price starts from $50.00 for 2GB of RAM and ends at $150.00 for 10GB of RAM.
Free trial cPanel License: No (costs $6)
You can check the link below for more details:

https://www.knownhost.com/managed-vps.html

operavps.com

OperaVPS use the VMware virtualization system.

The price starts from $13,99 for 1GB of RAM and ends at $49,99 for 6GB of RAM.
Free trial cPanel License: Yes
You can check the link below for more details:

https://operavps.com/cpanel-vps/

hawkhost.com

Hawk Host use the OpenVZ virtualization system.

The price starts from $5 for 1GB of RAM and ends at $80.00 for 16GB of RAM.
Free trial cPanel License: No (costs $12)
You can check the link below for more details:

https://www.hawkhost.com/vps-hosting

soladrive.com

SolaDrive use the XEN virtualization system.

The price starts from $35 for 2GB of RAM and ends at $95.00 for 8GB of RAM.
Free trial cPanel License: No (costs $20)
You can check the link below for more details:

https://www.soladrive.com/managed-linux-nvme-vps

iwebfusion.com

iWebFusion use the KVM virtualization system.

The price starts from $9.38 for 4GB of RAM and ends at $64.99 for 24GB of RAM.
Free trial cPanel License: No (costs $12.50)
You can check the link below for more details:

https://www.iwebfusion.net/vps

Note: These are just a few examples that we’ve had some experience with. You can easily find more if you do your research.

Pointing a domain to cPanel

After the cPanel was installed, there are some other steps you need to take to create a web-host service for your website.

If you have created dedicated name-servers, you should just set those name-servers on your domain and to create two child name-server. to point through NS records:

ns1.domain.tld ==> Server-IP
ns2.domain.tld ==> Server-IP

Or if you have not created dedicated name-servers, you can easily connect your domain to the server with an A record:

domain.tld ==> Server-IP
www.domain.tld ==> Server-IP

Creating a package

When creating a cPanel account, you will be asked to choose a package. As a result, before creating an account, you should create a package.

Through WHM > Home > Packages > Add a Package, you should choose the resources and options for the package that you create. Consider that the cPanel account that we create, will use the resources based on the package that you create here.

Creating a new cPanel account

In the search bar, search for Create a new account to find the option to do it. When creating a new account, you will be asked for a domain name, Username, Password, Email, and a Package which you have created before.

Now you should use the URL below in order to login to the cPanel account that you have created:

cPanel URL: https://your-server-ip:2083

Conclusion

The best suggestion is to use a shared cPanel web host when you are planning to launch a simple website, otherwise, if you will have a huge number of visitors and need root access to customize the web host, the cPanel VPS is way better than a shared web host and more affordable than a whole dedicated server.

ELI5 because my web host won’t…



I am having some issues and the person I'm speaking to is not helping me at all, and despite repeated times of asking, is not explaining it in a way that I understand. I would really appreciate some clarity and explanation for what's going on and some idea of what I need to be looking at doing moving forwards, if y'all would be so kind. I figure there'd be some friendly experts in here!

So I'm in the UK and I have a .com website for my birth doula work. I don't update often but I'd like to rectify that over this summer.
It is a wordpress site, comprising an 'about me' page, fees/services offered page, a simple testimonials page, a contact form, and a blog that is rarely updated.
It also has links to my Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and IG work accounts.
I own the domain name.
I designed all the branding, headers, logos, etc.
The person who was hosting the services on the domain is now no longer going to be offering that, and I need to find a replacement.

My confusion lies in that A/ WordPress is free, right? Or at least has a free plan. And the costs for hosting seems to he huge compared to what I was paying. What I'm now being offered by him is something that would be costing me £15 a month, which isn't something I can afford.

Whilst I do work as a doula, I only take 2-4 clients a year, I don't charge a huge amount for that (and I offer sliding scale for families on lower incomes) as I believe this is a service that should be accessible, and this year only booked one client as it was supposed to be a full year of unmissable family events, and being on call for 24 hours a day for up to 5 weeks for a client and then potentially missing those wasn't an option this year – all put on hold now by COVID19. In addition to that, I often serve as birth support for vulnerable pregnant people who can't afford my services and I work completely out of my own pocket for that (typically women fleeing domestic violence, done through our local women's refuge). £180 a year simply isn't doable for our family finances. Not only that, I can't actually go and serve my clients in hospital for the foreseeable future as restrictions have been placed in our local hospitals allowing only one birth partner, which is a big issue for doula clients as they typically have their partner AND a doula.

I don't know if I'm just being ridiculous, but what was my hosting company doing that couldn't be done on a free WordPress site if I own the domain name?

Hosting company has suggested I just make the .com domain name redirect to the Facebook page for my work. I'd really like to keep the site if possible, as it looks more professional than a business Facebook page.

I've included the email that I got from my hosting person at the end.

I would really appreciate some super simple explanation of what the heck is going on and how I can move forward from here. I'm happy to do work myself and teach myself where I can to make this happen, I just need to understand what position I'm in and then some options for moving forwards with at least some direction! I mean, even if you need to tell it to me straight that it's a lost cause and I just need to have the domain name redirect to my work Facebook or my DoulaUK profile, please do. (DoulaUK is the official body that I am registered with for my work).

I'd really appreciate some knowledge, if you'd be so kind, and huge thanks in advance!

"However, the short version is that I have decided to stop offering web hosting on our VPS (Virtual Private Server) and close the service. Everyone's contracts are either up already or will be by the beginning of May, so I am aiming to close the service on 10th May 2020. [This has now been extended to September 2020 due to COVID19]
My decision came down to a few factors, but primarily the VPS is old, slow and unreliable. It runs at a significant loss and is in constant need of damage control. Updating or upgrading it is made difficult by some old websites that will fail with newer software. And the cost of upgrading a service that already makes a loss is prohibitive.
We already offer an alternative form of hosting, one that is significantly faster and more reliable. It is adaptable and uniquely tailored to each client. It is as though every client has their own dedicated server. It is also wholly swappable, so if it fails, we can deploy a new one, place your website's image on it and it is up and running in minutes. The last major outage on the VPS took me a week to fix. This service is Cloud Hosting and is deployed on Google's infrastructure, secured by SSL and the best method of hosting out there, in my opinion. The downside is cost, Cloud Hosting costs from £14.99 a month and depends on usage. For your site, £14.99 will cover it."

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How to Host a Website If You Are Not Tech-Savvy


When you’re starting out with a new project, the whole process can seem pretty overwhelming. And if you aren’t sure that you have the professional skills needed to bring it to a successful conclusion; that goes double. For example, when you’re building a website – this may seem like a daunting proposition if you’re not familiar with web code.

Luckily, if you use a content management system like WordPress – you won’t need any particular technical skills in order to produce an eye-catching website in no time at all. This is a very useful platform for both advanced users and beginners. So, let’s go through everything you’ll need to know in order to construct a website of your own without any prerequisite knowledge!

First Steps

Even before you begin building your website, you’ll have a couple of things to do first. For one – you need to think about who your website’s target audience will be. For example, if you want to work on an exercise website, you’ll have fitness enthusiasts as your target audience.

Once you’ve got the target audience defined, take a look at other websites that correspond to your niche of choice; see which styles, content and techniques appeal to you. Naturally, we don’t recommend straight-up copying anything; just see what tends to work in your niche, and what you’d change.

You’ll also need to prepare some content before the website launch. It doesn’t have to be something like a comprehensive niche blog right away; for starters, have some material along with the About Us page. That’s enough for the launch day, but you definitely want to launch a bare-bones website that users can access in that form.

Make a Plan

As with any big undertaking, you want to have a checklist with all of the basic steps you need to take on the road to success. And don’t worry, none of these require any expert knowledge; you won’t have to be tech-savvy in order to complete them.

Website Hosting

Obviously, one of the first technicalities you’ll have to take care of is finding a proper website hosting. And as you’ll see once you get into the nitty-gritty of this particular issue; there are plenty of options out there, and selecting the right one isn’t easy. For example, free web hosting has plenty of advantages; though finding truly trustworthy and effective free hosting isn’t easy. Have a look at these services we’ve come across lately. If you find the right free provider, you’ll get all kinds of useful services without burning through your budget.

As for paid hosting, there is an equal variety of available plans and options; all of which have different price tags. And while you may not need a very hefty hosting package right now, make sure to think about scaling early on; that will make the transition onto more adequate services easier later on. You need to settle on a plan that is certain to give you room to grow. If you’re going to use WordPress, you can take a look at this, which will guide you through the whole process of choosing a hosting provider and comparing the best ones.

Domain Name

Next up, you’ll also have to think about your domain name. Even if you’re using online website builders, this is something you’ll have to think about yourself. The domain name is basically the address of your website, as well as the words someone would type into Google in order to quickly find your webpage. So, you want a name that will accurately portray your brand; but also one that won’t be difficult to remember. There are plenty of domain name providers to choose from. Some companies offer web hosting as well as domain names, like Namecheap.

Choose A WordPress Theme

The WordPress theme you’ll choose is basically the aesthetic of your website. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of these pre-made, ready to be used in a minute. Naturally, you can customize them in terms of specific style and color as you see fit.

If you ask us, we’d recommend going with a theme that offers a decluttered, clean look on the one hand – and regular updates from the people who came up with the theme. The most popular ones won’t make you stand out from the crowd visually, but they’re also pretty solid and vetted.

Take a look at these lists:

Customize WordPress

When you start tinkering around WordPress, you’ll realize that changes are quite easy to make here; the platform is extremely flexible. With it, you can make the website you want for yourself without any other technical savviness.

If you’re not keen on outsourcing the design, look online for any option you want to reveal, or task to complete more easily. Chances are high that someone else has already dealt with a similar or identical issue, and you can find all of the steps you need to do the same.

One of the most easily recognizable parts of WordPress are its admins; something you’ll notice right away in the admin dashboard. These represent software add-ons that allow you to customize your website features even more; from SEO tools to Internet privacy and security options, these plugins will give you all the additional options you need.

Get A Logo

You’re getting closer and closer to a functional website – you’ve only got a couple of design choices left to deal with. And among these – finding a logo that accurately represents your brand is one of the most important ones. There are plenty of logo design tools online, and many of them are free; so don’t hesitate using them to come up with a professional-looking logo with minimal investments in terms of time and money.

Find Quality Images

Once you first launch your website, you will be looking to keep your expenses as low as humanly possible. Keeping this in mind, though – you still require the images on your website to be professional and aesthetically pleasing. Don’t worry – there are quite a few websites with royalty-free stock images, allowing you to preserve the integrity of your brand without breaking the bank.

Think About Speed

When it comes to the user experience on your website, you have to think about a wide variety of factors. And among these, speed is definitely chief. In other words, you need to optimize your website so that downtime is minimized, and users have the correct impression that they’re using a swift, clean platform. Plus, Google has started valuing website speeds in its search result ranking algorithm, so it’s good from a technical standpoint as well.

Add Social Media Buttons

While content like blog articles are important for the provision of a full-fledged website experience; one must consider all the aspects of a contemporary online presence, for any kind of business or individual promotion. With that in mind – having social media buttons on your website is absolutely crucial, as you want users having a seamless experience with sharing your content on social media.

Secure Your Website

Naturally, even the best-designed website in the world won’t do you much good if it’s susceptible to attacks. These days, cybersecurity is more important than it ever was, with all kinds of new hacking technologies available to mischievous Internet users. If you don’t want the integrity of your website and the personal data of your other users to be at risk, think about security plugins and other measures on time!

Free Web Hosting Sites (2019): Host Your Websites at $0 Cost


We all love freebies and it should come as no surprise that even in web hosting there are tons of freebies if you know where to look. Not all things free are equal though, and this time I’m going to look at what some of these free (and “almost-free”) web hosts have to offer.

Free Hosting Platforms – Quick Comparisons

 

Notes & Caveats:

  • Free web hosting often comes with various risks hence we do not recommend them to serious website owners.
  • Hostinger is not completely free but is extremely cheap at signup ($0.80/mo) – they are included in the list as an alternative.
  • For those who are looking for the best domain hosting, please visit this page for Jerry’s best 10 picks – the use-case comparison tables are especially useful for serious buyers.

 


 

15 Free Website Hosting Services to Consider

1. Hostinger

Hostinger shared hosting plan - as good as free
Hostinger shared hosting plan starts at $0.99/mo

Website: Hostinger.com

Hostinger was launched back in 2004 and was originally located at Kaunas, Lithuania. The company today has offices all over the world and offers a wide range of hosting services which include Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, and even a website builder.

With a strong localized team, Hostinger has been around for over 10 years and have steadily built an international user base that’s spread out across 39 countries. From beginner risk-free hosting to advanced VPS cloud infrastructure, Hostinger aims to cater to as wide audience as possible. As a result, Hostinger is now home to over 29 million global users.

Features

  • Easy website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Email hosting accounts
  • 24/7/365 live chat support
  • Full feature hosting at almost-free cost
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 10 GB SSD
  • Bandwidth: 100 GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

 

Hostinger = The best “almost-free” website hosting ($0.99/mo)

Jerry’s review of Hostinger narrows them down as a solid choice for users who want an ultra-cheap website hosting service. Especially if they are a beginner or have a tight budget to work with.

We setup a test site at Hostinger and starter tracking its performance since May 2018. Our test site hosted at Hostinger has been scoring above 99.95% uptime constantly and rated as “A” in most speed tests.

Upgrade option

Hostinger Single Hosting is not really free but they are selling incredibly cheap price ($0.99/mo). Users who want better features (such as auto daily backup, host more domains, and run unlimited cron job) can upgrade to their Premium plan, which costs $2.15/mo.

What’s the catch with Hostinger plan?

Hostinger’s ultra cheap price tag comes with a price (pun intended). The single shared hosting plan does not come with a free SSL nor daily backup. Also, the $0.99/mo deal is only available if you signup for four years, which is longer than the standard recommended subscription period (24-months period).

Learn more about Hostinger hosting service in this review.

 

 


 

2. Weebly

Review and compare free web host

Website: Weebly.com

When I first looked at Weebly, I was evaluating it as a site building tool and when I hit this article I realized it was in essence, an up-sold web host. Weebly is one of the new generation of sitebuilder-slash-web-hosts that is doing fantastically well, in fact holding an Alexa rank of 348 now.

However, I had to re-look at it this time round since there are different plus points for web hosts and site builders.

Features

  • Free website builder (Weebly!)
  • Free SSL security
  • Apps for your Weebly-built site
  • Ad-free hosting
  • Mobile app builder
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 500MB
  • Bandwidth: Unknown
  • Database: Proprietary
  • Control Panel: Proprietary

 

Easy to use but host in Weebly.com subdomain only

Reliability and uptime guarantees

Weebly is well supported through a vibrant community and you can also reach out to them via email or live chat.

Upgrade options

Weebly tried hard to sell its online store builder, and as such tends to focus on transactional key points. Upgrade plans increase basic features, but the highlight is on how many products you’re allowed to sell at a time. Of course, if you’re just looking for hosting plans, it works that way as well. Prices range from $12 per month up to $25 per month.

What’s the catch with Weebly free hosting?

Weebly is big on… well, Weebly, and doesn’t really play nice with anything else. For example, it doesn’t support server-side scripting (such as PHP), nor database integration. And your free website domain will be in form of Weebly.com subdomain. True, it’s extremely powerful on its own, but this also means in terms of flexibility, you’re likely stuck with Weebly for good once you start using it.

Learn more about Weebly in my review.

 


 

3. Wix

Review and compare free web host

Website: Wix.com

Wix is also a brand that has made its name in the website-building business and was one of the earlier new-generation of web tools. It’s great for newbies and is easy to use, plus offers enough for the starter-offs to get interested before they hop on to any paid plans.

Features

  • Free website builder (Wix!)
  • Online Store
  • Free templates
  • Wix Apps
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 500MB
  • Bandwidth: 500MB
  • Database: Proprietary
  • Control Panel: Proprietary

 

Free powerful web editor but with advertisement

Reliability and uptime guarantees

You get what you pay for, and aside from an extensive knowledge base, for free accounts, you can email them and take your chances. Only premium accounts get ‘faster responses to any question or issue they may have.

Upgrade options

Because its plans are designed to scale up functionality to websites, Wix at the higher levels can get expensive. However, those prices include functions such as form builders, email campaigns and even site reviews by professionals. At the lowest it clocks in at $4.50 per month, going up to $24.50 per month.

What’s the catch with Wix free domain hosting?

Again, Wix is another proprietary engine which means it’ll try to hold on to you almost any way it can. The good news is that it plays better with other tools compared to Weebly, so is compatible with some tools such as Caspio, a free database platform. Oh yes, and Wix is not ad-free. If you’re not on a paying plan, it will plaster Wix ads on your site with alacrity.

Learn more about Wix in my review.

 

 


 

4. 000Webhost

Review and compare free web host

Since 2007, 000Webhost has been offering free web hosting services that are unencumbered by advertising requirements. Since they also offer paid hosting options, their business model revolves around offering free hosting services that are funded by the paid end of the business. This works out in everyone’s favour, since users of the free hosting services also have the option to scale up their sites by becoming paid customers at any time they wish.

Features

  • Free website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 1GB
  • Bandwidth: 10GB
  • Database: 2 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

 

 $0/mo hosting but one hour sleep time every day

There is a 99% uptime guarantee for free accounts, but in the case of 000Webhost, you’ll have to consider that there’s an enforced one-hour sleep period per day. That means your actual server uptime starts at 95.83% – less any actual technical difficulties.

Upgrade options

000Webhost provides paid hosting plans through Hostinger which charges for paid hosting based on the length of time you sign up for. The longer term your contract, the cheaper the monthly fee will be. Prices start at $8.84 per month for 3-month contracts.

What’s the catch with 000Webhost free plan?

Free 000Webhost platform users will have to put up with an enforced one hour of “sleep” time every day. This means that it will be unavailable to anyone – including yourself.

Learn more in my 000webhost review.

 


 

5. 5GBfree

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As far as web hosting sites go, 5GBfree is relatively new, but that might be a good thing since they claim to offer the latest in technology including CloudLinux and equipment hosted a US-based, PCI and SAS 70 Type II certified data centre.

Again, this is another company that allows free accounts the option to scale up as they grow. Free accounts are supported in the form of a knowledge base (which was down at the time this article was created) and through a community forum.

Features

  • Auto Installer
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 5GB
  • Bandwidth: 20GB
  • Database: 3 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

 

Relative new but big free hosting storage

Reliability and uptime guarantees

Regretfully, no mention of any uptime guarantees were found on 5GBfree, nor was there an information available regarding reliability. Small mercies abound however, since at least there are options to backup your files and databases in the back end. This appears to be the same for the Pro account plan as well.

Upgrade options

For $2.95 a month, the Pro account which the host offer is dirt cheap and seemingly offers what many highly reputable web hosts have.

What’s the catch with 5GBfree free website hosting?

Although the basic specifications of free accounts seem alright, 5GB free doesn’t host emails for those. If you’d like to have an email account with your domain, you’ll have to upgrade to the Pro account. Even more alarming is the complete lack of dedication to any form of Service Level Agreement. Sign up at your own risk!

Read 5GBfree terms and conditions here.

 


 

6. Awardspace

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Offering web hosting since 2004, Awardspace has been around the block a few times and is still standing. Over time they have been tweaking their free hosting offering and keeping up with the competition (and the times). Just last year they launched a completely redesigned site and streamlined their services.

Features

  • SPAM Protection
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • Free website builder
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 1GB
  • Bandwidth: 5GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Database
  • Control Panel: Advanced Control Panel

 

Free hosting with no uptime guarantee

Reliability and uptime guarantees

The free version of Awardspace comes with a no uptime guarantee. For that you’ll have to sign up with one of their paid plans. At least for those there is a Service Level Agreement at 99.9%, plus a no-questions-asked refund within the first 30 days if you’re unhappy with the service.

Upgrade options

Awardspace comes in three flavours (aside from free), with prices starting at $4.99 per month up to $9.99 per month. For new signups, Awardspace offers a whopping discount of up to 97% off, which means you could be paying as little as 17 cents a month.

What’s the catch with Awardspace?

There’s really no glaring catch at Awardspace and it offers what could be called a fair to middling free account to newbies. I’m guessing part of the plan is to price their starter paying plans cheaply to slowly hook customers and reel them in. The benefits between paid plans are very incremental at the lowest tier.

Read Awardspace ToS.

 


 

7. Byet Host

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Byet Host (Yes, it’s spelt correctly) is a bold one, laying claim to being the “fastest free webhost In the World!”. Part of the reason it might say that is because it’s depending purely on server processing time and doesn’t factor in anything else such as Time to First Byte. It’s the free arm of hosting provider iFastNet, which might also be an eye-raiser since their cheapest plans apparently come with six free domains! This free host offers a ton of goodies and might be worth a look at.

Features

  • 24/7 Support
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 1GB
  • Bandwidth: 50GB
  • Database: 5 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: VistaPanel

 

Free VistaPanel hosting solution

Reliability and uptime guarantees

It’s interesting to note that Byet Host offers 24/7 support even to free accounts. Even if they take some time to service tickets, it’s not often you see a free host that offers real support. Most of the time either knowledge bases are used, or at best, a user forum where you help one another.

Upgrade options

Since they offer so much to free accounts, what do you get from paying for hosting with Byet Host? Upgrades to SSD-driven performance, free domains and unusually enough – a different control panel (cPanel). Prices start from $3.99 per month all the way to $6.99 per month.

What’s the catch?

Although Byet Host sounds almost too good to be true, it might be good if you take some time to check what they offer in detail. I’ve found that the way many terms and services are worded to be a little shady and open to interpretation in various ways.

More details on Byet Host terms and conditions.

 


 

8- Dreamnix

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Rather than a free service, I’d consider Dreamnix to be “almost-free”, since they offer top of the line features with sharp limitations in their free product. This is in line with their concept of “try before you buy”.

Features

  • SSD-powered servers
  • Auto Installer (WordPress)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 1GB
  • Bandwidth: 1GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Database
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

 

Free cPanel hosting with SSD storage

Reliability and uptime guarantees

It’s a pretty good bet that this is legit, since all-round Dreamnix stresses on its money-back guarantee. In fact, it doesn’t even take your credit card information until you pay for any service. As I said – try before you buy!

Upgrade options

Once you’re outgrown your free hosting plan, upgrades differ mainly in terms of add-on features such as access to Cron jobs, mailing lists and so on. The basics such as bandwidth and sick space go up to unlimited with even the lowest plan. Starts from $3 per month up to $5 per month based on annual subscription rates.

What’s the catch?

As far as we can see, nothing much, except that Dreamnix is limited to data centers in only three locations. These are nicely spread out around the world though, so there shouldn’t be any real issues here.

Learn more about Dreamix limitation in their ToS.

 


 

9. Freehostia

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Freehostia proudly announces more than ten years of serving hosts in the industry and shouts out about ‘Load Balanced Cluster Technology’ versus standalone servers. It’s a large scale web host, meaning that aside from offering slices of hosting, it also offers high end services such as dedicated servers. On the down side, Data Centre location is limited to only Chicago.

Features

  • Free website templates
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 250MB
  • Bandwidth: 6GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Database
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

 

Free hosting service with no advertisement

Reliability and uptime guarantees

Uptime for free hosts is mentioned to be 99.9%, which is usually an indicator that paid plans increase in reliability. Unfortunately, Freehostia doesn’t show uptime for paid plans, so it’s a bit of a hit and miss.

Upgrade options

Freehostia offers multiple plans of incremental capacities. The key thing here seems that there is much focus on amount of storage given; strange, since storage is pretty much dirt cheap nowadays and most web hosts are practically giving it away. Prices start at $2.95 per month up to $149.95 per month for their best dedicated server.

What’s the catch?

Storage space, storage space and storage space, Freehostia seems intent to cripple users through this alone. 250MB for a web host (even a free one) today seems unconscionable. Also, there are so many plans available just browsing through them is enough to confuse you.

Read Freehostia ToS.

 


 

10. FreeHosting.com

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The first thing you’ll notice when you visit this site is that it’s plastered all over with the word “Free”. Great, since that’s what you’re after right? Not so much when you realise that long list of features offered is cunningly interspaced with non-free items just so that it looks longer.

Features

  • Free website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 10GB
  • Bandwidth: 250GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Database
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

 

Free web host with very limited features

Reliability and uptime guarantees

I’ve been round and again over this site but there doesn’t seem to be any mention at all an uptime guarantee, which is a little frightening. The only time money-back is mentioned is within its 30-day grace period of paid accounts.

Upgrade options

Freehosting.com only offers two plans – you pay, or you don’t. Paid accounts benefit from unlimited storage space and bandwidth at $7.99 per month.

 What’s the catch with FreeHosting.com?

For the free service, not much that we can find. BUT, there is a caveat in their terms of service; There is an ‘out’ clause there that basically states that they can shut you down if you’re taking up too much (unspecified) resources.

Read FreeHosting.com ToS.

 


 

11. Free Hosting EU

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FreeHostingEU is not affiliated with Freehosting.com, but reminds us a little of Freehostia, in the sense that it offers a paltry amount of storage space in the hopes that you’ll get frustrated and upgrade. I’m not sure where the mentality of annoying your customer in the hopes he’ll pay you came from, but it seems successful for web hosts. It’s worth nothing though that this host offers .eu5.net domains even for free accounts.

Features

  • Free website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress and Joomla only)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 200MB
  • Bandwidth: 4GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: Advanced Control Panel

 

Advertisement-free $0 hosting

Reliability and uptime guarantees

All plans on Freehosting EU come with 24/7 Server Monitoring and a 99.8% uptime guarantee. As far as web hosts go, that’s on the low side. I guess for peace of mind though, they offer the same guarantee to free accounts.

Upgrade options

FreehostingEU comes in three flavours, free, BEST and PRO. The two paid plans cost $6.95 and $11.95 per month respectively and come with a 30-day money back guarantee. They do offer a discount for first time sign-ups though.

What’s the catch with Free Hosting EU?

Once again, it’s all in the small print and in the case of FreeHostingEU you’ll go ‘WOW!’ – if you don’t rip your hair out first. Compliance is expected in many areas that are a little unusual because, well, who thinks of some of these things? For example, you must agree to limit your space to consist of only 10% image files, 10% archives, etc. So in reality you’re getting a web host that you can dump… 20MB of images on.

Learn more in Free Hosting EU Terms of Service.

 


 

12. Free Hosting No Ads

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FreehostingNoAds has been around for 18 years, I kid you not. This site is very generous in terms of what it offers, in fact, more than what some paid accounts go for. I guess part of it is subsidy through advertising though, since they plaster google ads all over their own website. They promise not to force you to carry their ads though.

Features

  • Free website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 20GB
  • Bandwidth: 200GB
  • Database: 3 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: unknown

 

Free web hosting plan with 3 MySQL databases

Reliability and uptime guarantees

FreehostingNoAds appears to be another hosting site which doesn’t believe in uptime guarantees. However, users who join are offered technical support, even on the free plans. It doesn’t, however, clarify what nature that support takes – it could be a simply a reference to a knowledge base or FAQ.

Upgrade options

Upgrade options are available, and they are dirt cheap here. The most expensive plan you could go for only costs $1.99 per month, and that offers you almost everything you could wish for. In fact, for the $1.99 plan, they even throw in $125 worth of ad credits for you!

What’s the catch?

Aside from non-existent uptime guarantees and cloudy reference to technical support, nothing else. This seems to be aimed mainly at people who are seeking a free or cheap hosting solution and that’s all. Given that they have an entire page dedicated to HTML5 site building that ends up directing to Wix, they might be a subsidiary of affiliate.

Read FreehostingNoAds ToS here.

 


 

13. Free Virtual Servers

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FreeVirtualServers is one of the brands owned by Easy Internet, which provides web hosting and SEO services. They are another serious provider which offers everything from free hosting up to dedicated server hosting plans. Something good to note here is that they integrate a popular website builder in their hosting plan; Weebly.

Features

  • Free website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 100MB
  • Bandwidth: 1GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

 

Free web host with limited storage space

Reliability and uptime guarantees

FreeVirtualServers offer the standard 99.9% uptime guarantee, and all free accounts are supported by a knowledge base and FAQ. There are also some tutorial flash videos if more help is needed. 24/7 online support is reserved for paid accounts only.

Upgrade options

There are multiple upgrade options here ranging from standard shared hosting all the way to dedicated servers. Prices range from $5.65 per month to $170.03 per month (which is for a dedicated server). It’s worth noting that this is a UK-based company with servers located there. Prices are also charged in British Pounds (converted to US$ here for your convenience).

What’s the catch?

This host seems fully above board as far as we can see, with no big surprises even in the Terms and Conditions.

See Free Virtual Servers TOS here.

 


 

14. Free Web Hosting Area

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Another longstanding company in the web hosting arena, Freewebhostingarea is generous in its basic terms for free accounts. It also offers a curious option between two different control panels, one of which seems extremely feature-light.

Features

  • Free website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Conditional Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 1.5GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Database: 1 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: FreeWHA Panel / Cpanel

 

Free hosting with WordPress & Joomla auto installer

Reliability and Uptime guarantees

There is no mention at all about either an uptime guarantee or technical support. In fact, although a forum is listed, it doesn’t really exist. A cursory search returns many comments that this is not an entirely reliable host.

Upgrade options

Upgrade options here are the first we’ve seen that prices mainly according to different control panels. FreeWHA seems to be a proprietary modification of an open source control panel script. Prices range from $1 per moth up to $6.99 per month.

What’s the catch?

The list of catch clauses is a mile long and personally I would dread hosting even a free site here. There are no real limitations stated in black and white, yet at the same time they claim the right to terminate accounts for almost any deemed infractions, even over-usage of resources. Definitely not the way to win friends. Even their ad-free claim is conditional, since they say they will impose ads on sites that they wish to.

See FreeWebHostingArea.com terms of service here.

 


 

15. InstaFree

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InstaFree offers potential website owners a pretty good deal, going by their word. Even free accounts are hosted on SSD-based storage and they are generous in both their terms of service as well as feature offerings. In fact, not only is there free shared hosting, but there is even free reseller hosting and free VPS!

Features

  • Free website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support
Specifications

  • Disk Space: 10GB
  • Bandwidth: 100GB
  • Database: 5 MySQL Databases
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

 

Free hosting with large storage capacity

Reliability and uptime guarantees

There is the standard 99.9% uptime guarantee along with a relatively active user community in the forums. Technical support is included, but is restricted to immediate issues relating to the hosting service.

Upgrade options

All free accounts have their corresponding paid account, which is basically a step up from what the free account offers. Prices range from $1 per month to $5 per month. InstaFree also offers website transfer services, even for free accounts, provided you’re using Cpanel.

What’s the catch?

There are a couple of quirks here, such as the fact that InstaFree has a list of countries that it has banned users from. This includes among them countries such as China, Russia and Poland, but also (surprisingly) Singapore.

Read Instafree Terms and conditions here.

 


 

Risks With Free Hosting Platforms

Anything that come with the word “free” can be very tempting. Understandably, most beginners who are starting a website for the first time would like to keep their cost low and save money.

But keep in mind that nothing is truly free in this world.

While using a free web hosting platform means that you won’t have to a pay single dime for creating and hosting your website, there are numerous risks and problems that you should be aware of if you intend to use them. We will talk about the three major risks here.

Some free deals are never worth the downsides they come with. If your website matters, you should learn about these risks and consider opting for a reliable, full-featured hosting provider. Most good shared hosting providers include a free domain name, shared SSL support, e-mail hosting, unlimited data transfer and disk space, and more website functionalities for the price of $2 – $5 per month.

Risk #1. Poor Server Performances

The most glaring issue that comes with using a free web hosting model is the terrible server performances. You see, in order help save server costs, a lot of providers will lump together hundreds, or even thousands, of websites in a single shared server.

When you have that many website sharing the same server resources, it’s inevitable that your website will suffer plenty of server issues such as slow loading websites or lots of downtime.

000WebHost forces one hour sleep time every day. But user feedback shows that some accounts are having up to 4 downtime in 24 hours (source).

Some providers even put restrictions or limitation on their users when using their platform. 000WebHost forces their users to endure a one-hour period of “sleep time” every day, which helps maintain their server capacity, but ensures that your website can’t go beyond a 95.8% uptime.

With free hosting providers, you’ll have to deal with a lot of strict and tight resource limitations which your website will quickly outgrow from. When that happens, you’ll have to move to a paid hosting account which can mean more work and costs down the line.

Nothing is truly free in this world.

Risk #2. Sudden Website Shutdown / Company Goes Out of Business

As I’ve said earlier, with free web hosting platforms, you won’t have to pay a single dime for their domain hosting services. Because of that, most providers won’t take your website seriously. This leads to a huge risk that comes with free hosting, in that your website can be taken down at any moment.

There have been many incidents where people who used free hosting platforms ended up having their accounts deleted or barred with no prior notice or warning. Since you’re not paying for their services, a lot of providers don’t feel obligated to keep your website online indefinitely.

This is why many free hosting providers will include certain terms in their T&C that allows them to shut down your website at any moment if it goes against their interests.

An example of this is from Free Hosting EU. in which they limit their user’s account storage for up to 10%. Should the user go pass the 10% limit, they can then shut down the website with no warning or penalty (read their free hosting ToS here).

FreeHostingEU.com users must agree to limit their storage to consist of not more than 10% image, archives, or PDF files.

Risk #3. Getting Your Data Leaked

Data is an important asset for a business, especially if you’re an eCommerce business. But with free web host models, you’re more likely to get your data leaked or stolen as most providers don’t follow and enforce the standard and fundamental security practices needed to protect its users.

Again, since a lot of these providers are offering their services for free, they usually don’t feel the need to provide proper security to protect its users and their data. This lead to cases where a user’s sensitive details, such as usernames and passwords, ended up stolen by hackers.

One such case of a massive security leak was with 000Webhost, in which they repeatedly ignored security warnings by a Forbes journalist and a security researcher back in October 2015. This lead to them getting hacked and caused 13.5 million users to have their passwords, email address, usernames stolen.

 


 

FAQs about Free Web Hosting

Is free web hosting safe?

As mentioned above, there are various risks and catches involve when using free web hosting services. However, all free web hosting services allow you to upgrade to their paid plan- which will move your websites out of the free server box and eliminate most risks.

How is free web hosting different from paid hosting?

The two main differences are cost and server resources. Free web hosting costs $0 and usually comes with a very limited server capacity (small storage, low CPU power, etc). Paid hosting typically come with better website security, advanced functionalities and more server resources.

What is the best free web hosting?

“Best” is relative – What’s best for me might not be right for you. That said, however, Weebly, Wix, 000Webhost, 5GBfree, and Award Space are some of the best free hosting websites in market. You are recommended to check out all 15 free hosting service providers in this comparison table.

Is there any free web hosting without ads?

Yes, there are quite a number of free hosting platforms that do not force ad placement on their users’ websites. Weebly, 000Webhost, 5GBfree are the top 3 that we recommend.

Do I get FTP connection with free web hosting?

Yes, most free hosting platforms allow users to upload files via FTP connections. Alternatively, platforms like 000WebHost provide a easy-to-use file manager so users can navigate, upload, and delete webfiles using browser.

Which free web hosting come with free domain name?

Weebly, Wix, 000Webhost, ByetHost, Free Hosting EU and etc. are some providers who offer free web hosting with a domain name. If that’s your choice, your website will appear as the subdomain to the hosting providers (ie. yourwebname.wix.come).

Alternatively – with less than $12 per year, Hostinger offers you everything you need for free web hosting and domain name with no strings attached.

 


 

Alternatives to Free Web Hosting

It’s important to point out that most free hosting options are unable to meet even the most basic standards required to run a successful business website. If you are serious about your website, for example – running an online business or plan to make money from your blog; it is better to host your website on a cheap shared hosting providers – which usually offer quality service at reasonable price.

Popular service providers like BluehostGreenGeeksHostingerInMotion HostingInterserver, and TMD Hosting allow you to get a 2-year shared hosting for less than $100.

Also – Jerry has compiled a useful list of cheap and reliable hosting, which you can opt for.

Other useful resources for consumers –

 


 

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