Free Web site Hosting without Banner Ads? Looking for free web hosting with no annoying pop-ups, pop-unders, buttons, banners, headers or footers? And as well as this, you'd like 99.8 percent up-time, fast servers, access to cgi-bin for scripts, FP extensions, PHP and MySQL databases and FTP access?
We went out searching for best "no ads" totally free site hosting space deals around. The results: disappointing, they are very few and far between. Many have come and gone, or as in case of Bizland, quite suddenly withdrawn their free service and demanded that all their customers begin paying. We took a look at promotional information for over 300 free web hosting companies, but then also looked at customer reviews. There was usually a major difference in opinions.
There is still a plethora of free web hosts around, but most require that you carry their advertising or offer you a limited time for free service, usually a year. On up side of this, many of these companies do supply quality hosting with many services in exchange for having their banners served up on your pages. We did find that many of non-banner supported free options were hosted on very slow servers. In a number of cases, server failed to respond at all! How do non-banner free hosting companies make their money? These companies try to survive by enticing freebie customers to take out their paid hosting space options, which is fair enough. Quite often, their paid hosting options are quite cheap. You'll find that if you utilize this kind of free site hosting, services available are rather limited and you'll need to pay for things like Front Page extensions and access to cgi-bin for scripts. The other way that they survive is through regular newsletters containing offers from companies that pay them for ad space.
Strategies in using non-banner supported free hosting options One of common patterns for these companies is that when they first set up shop, customer support is fantastic, server response times are great, shared scripts function well and file transfer interfaces are reliable. But as time goes on, "gold fever" hits, and people begin flocking to these companies with inevitable results - things start slowing down and falling over.
If you do find yourself in position of needing to use free space due to financial restrictions; here's a couple of things you can do: Buy a domain name first Register a domain name first - Many domain name registrars give you a stack of free services with each name registered. Costs for domain name registrations can be as little as US$10-$12 per year. One of services that you want to look for is a domain name control panel and free http/URL forwarding or framing. This allows you to redirect name as you wish, changing its destination every day if you want to! If your free web-hosting provider goes belly up or isn't functioning correctly, you can move your site to another provider and redirect domain name to point towards it.