Free web-hosting offers are plentiful and may sound very enticing. After all, getting something for nothing adds to your bottom line, right?
However, once you see a few of the rights that you may be giving up with a free service, you may want to consider going with a shared hosting service.
1. Reliability. With using a free hosting service, you lack the reliability that your site will always be up and available to visitors. Using a free service may also provide you the headache of losing all of your data if its server goes down.
2. Money Suckers. While the idea of a free hosting site is very appealing because it does not cost you anything, you must consider how much money these companies will be making from your site, which you will never have the opportunity to have. Free hosting companies will place ads on your site and keep the royalties. You will miss the opportunity to make a little extra money by adding your own ads to your site.
3. Content Thievery. By using a free hosting site, you must agree that your content becomes the property of that company. This includes all of your articles, writings, images, etc. You will no longer have the rights to any of your personal works.
4. Lack of Optimization. If you choose to go with a company that will host your site at no cost to you, you will not have the opportunities you need to optimize your site. Having the chance to enhance your site will only allow you to grow your business in the direction that your clients need.
5. Branding. The best reason not to use a free host is that you will not have the opportunity to brand your site. Chances are, you will wind up with a sub-domain, which may cause confusion to visitors. Example: yourname.freehostingname.com
It’s 2013. Bite the bullet and take control of your brand!
After reading the information above, you will be able to make an informed decision when searching for the best hosting for your website. Before you into a free site, take time to consider what options you may be forgoing. Also consider the opportunity for monetization that you may be relinquishing as well.
Jeremy is an avid sportsman and tech journalist at Tech Media Network.