With availability of many free hosting offers so prevalent on Internet, are they bargain they seem to be?
I must admit offer of free hosting does have major appeal however, rarely is something of value given away for nothing. At first glance, free hosting sounds like a good deal! Upon closer inspection, you'll find close to 100% of them not suitable for a business website at all.
Before getting one of free hosting packages, person needs to have a specific idea what website is going to be used for. Is it personal or for business?
If it's a personal website that's going to be used to post family newsletter, photographs and so on, it's a perfectly good use of one. On other hand, if it's a website built for commercial purposes, free hosting packages are of limited utility to a business operation.
Most of well documented opposition to free websites invariably mentions use of very long URL's as one of main examples but there are more fundamental reasons you shouldn't ever use a free website as your main business website.
Most business websites will need advanced mail handling and script hosting capabilities not offered by free web hosting accounts. As your business grows and you realize need for above, your step onto next business level is severely hampered.
These are services most Internet businesses need that are not provided by free hosting packages:
CGI Scripting PHP Scripting Autoresponders MySQL Databases