Free Website Hosting
Free web hosting is a great option for those who need hosting for non-commercial purposes. There are multiple free hosting options that can be the best to start out when you are just learning the ropes of website building. The drawback of free web hosting is, in general, that it comes with the company’s branding or ads. Generally you can upgrade to remove branding and advertisements once your blog or website starts to get popular. This makes free website hosting a good place to start out for bloggers on a budget.
It is important that you are choosing the right hosting for your needs. We do not recommend free hosting for those who are using their website for commercial services. We recommend it for those who are recreational users and bloggers. Free hosting is especially useful for those who wish to share their blogs as the online communities associated with each option frequent and share each others posts virally.
Where can you get Free Website hosting for businesses and organization use?
Many small businesses use Weebly because it is simple and advertisement free. Headquartered in the tech hub of San Francisco, it has skyrocketed to popularity based on their widget based drag and drop website builder. It is incredibly simple to use. This free web hosting option has no advertisements.
Websites are hosted in the format of www.yourwebsite.weebly.com.
Weebly’s free web hosting infrastructure is cloud based. It features unlimited monthly bandwith as well as unlimited storage, though it does limit the file size of each individual file that you upload.
Upgrading to their paid plans is the only way to connect a non-branded domain. They have very reasonable paid plans at $8, $12, and $25 monthly which include a free domain registration for one year.
Among our list of free web hosting options, Weebly is the best for small businesses. Weebly caters less towards bloggers and more towards those who wish to set up a commercial venture but do not know where to start. If you do find that the disadvantages of the Weebly branding are becoming onerous, it is simple to upgrade.
For those who do not want to deal with databases, HTML, and other considerations, GitHub is a good option. It works with the Github repository.
Jekyll is the tool which Github uses in order to change plain text files into website. For feature is a must those who want more customization. GitHub has the advanage of being monetizable. You can include adsense and other forms of monetization such as donation buttons that other free hosting may not allow.
Websites are in the format of yourwebsite.github.io. You can also purchase a custom domain name and host it using GitHub. While this will not have the customer support, speed, and uptime guarantees of paid hosting, it is at no cost to yourself except the domain name itself.
GitHub is also useful for blogging. Those who generally use GitHub are programmers and computer experts, and it would be well suited for a technology blog.
Where can you get Free Website hosting for blogging?
There is a weight of reliability to every service that Google offers. Google’s free web hosting offers branded sites in the domain format of
Google Adsense is the best way to monetize a blog. Google has integrated adsense into their blogger platform to make it exceptionally easy to monetize your website once you have traffic. Like other free web hosting, you can always upgrade to paid hosting in order to have your own custom domain.
Why would you choose Google Blogger? Reliability. Google backs up your blog, offers quick loading times, and has the easiest way to monetize.
What disadvantages are there to Google Blogger? You may become frustrated by the post structure. Permalinks are always shown as Website/Date/Post. This can lead to some ugly urls that are less shareable. For example if your site was cooloilpaintings.blogspot.com and you posted a article titled “The Best Oil Paintings” in September of 2016, your post link would be as follows:
That is not very pretty!
You can have up to 100 different blogs and up to 1GB of space. By creating a google plus account you will be upgrade to 15GB of space completely free. Individual pages are limited to 1MB.
WordPress is an incredible free hosting option due to the huge amount of free themes that you can use. This can turn a free website into one that looks professional while needing little to no knowledge of website building. Their free websites are hosted in the format of www.yourwebsite.wordpress.com.
The WordPress free option will not be attractive to you if you wish to run adsense ads. WordPress restricts Google Adsense and all third party advertisers, but does have it’s own “WordAds” service for blogs that have reached both quality and traffic requirements. They also crackdown on paid posts, paid links, and other forms of monetizing their free blogs for other people’s products. They do allow you to promote your own products within reason.
WordPress is perfect for beginners and personal blogs but the free web hosting options do have limits. Experienced web designers will be frustrated by the lack of customizability of themes and will want to upgrade to either the WordPress paid hosting or use the WordPress platform for a site under a different paid hosting company.
For bloggers who wish to have a visually dominated blog, Tumblr is one of the best options. It’s main purpose is to share images and videos virally, and it is set up to make it intuitive and simple to share posts. Tumblr uses a category system which allows it to have very specific blogs catering to specific audiences. If you are able to grow a following by posting relevant, shareable content, then your page will grow. Tumblr would be well suited for a photographic blog.
Advantages and Disadvantages of free hosting
Why do we recommend paid hosting over free hosting? Reliability. The advantage of free hosting is obvious. It is free. You pay for your custom domain name and use the service, or you use their branded domain name and do not pay a dime. If you are a blogger or have a small business, this can work for you. If you are trying to establish your own brand and your own website, having a custom domain name is necessary to establish a following and to give weight to your information.
Free hosting may work well for you if you do not require your website to be as fast as commercial hosting offers, and if the occasional downtime is acceptable to you. If you have an online store or are monetizing your website through advertisement services, slow page loading times and downtime will hurt your bottom line. Once you have reached a point of growing your website where you are able to make a side income, offer a different income stream to a brick and mortar business, or simply establish an online presence, the disadvantages of free hosting become more pronounced. It is not acceptable for your website to go down when you have customers waiting. With numerous cheap hosting options available, there are better options for those who are serious about their website.