Finding A Free Host
Part I: Meeting Your Needs
People on internet are greedy. They want some ultimate free host, with ďunlimitedĒ storage, ďunlimitedĒ bandwidth, and no ads. That will never happen, unless it is some private host that only allows a few users. I hate seeing this greed. Why should a host give you so much, and you donít even let them make money? Itís a ridiculous idea. You have to make realistic goals on what your host might be able to provide you.
The point of article is to help you determine specific requirements for free host you want to pick.
Storage & Bandwidth
To determine how much storage and bandwidth you need for your website, you need to think about what kind of files you may be storing. The majority of people who donít have anything but HTML and image files usually donít need more than 5 Mb. If this is case, donít rule out any host because it doesnít have a huge amount of space. If your website stores several megabytes of files, your choices may be limited. There are plenty of websites that give you 20 Mb+, but most will ban file types such as .MP3.
I have heard a lot of people complain about how annoying ads are on their free websites. Itís rare these days to find a host without ads, and when there is one, it is usually abused and goes down months later. That happens for a reason, and that reason is that there is no money to be made when you have no ads. If people arenít paying for website, ads are way company pays for their bills and salaries.
But donít lose hope yet, there are options. If you are a business site, it might look unprofessional if you have a banner on top of your page. For this reason you might choose a host that looks like it will stay around for a while but has no ads, or get a host that has pop-ups. Pop-ups are quicker for user to click out of, and visitor only has to see it a second every time he enters a new page. The downside of pop-ups occur when visitors change pages quickly. If your visitors go to many pages each visit, a pop-up coming back up every time may be very annoying. In this situation, a banner may be better.
A final issue that has come up dealing with advertising is whether your host will allow you to host your own ads. If your website becomes popular, and for some reason you still donít want to move to paid hosting, you may want to sell advertising space on your website. This may be a problem for some hosts, as they donít necessarily want you to make a profit off of their free service. You may want to factor this into your search for a host if you are planning to make a profit off of a free website. I would recommend that if this is even a factor, you should pay a small fee for paid hosting. You receive more benefits, and there are a lot less hassles.