Disadvantages of free hosting

Started by arthyk, Sep 15, 2022, 08:39 AM

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arthykTopic starter

 In the aggregate, all the problems that you may have if you use free hosting can be summarized as follows:

1. Third party advertising on your site
2. Limited amount of physical space
3. Third level domains
4. Poor performance and interruptions
5. Unpredictable behavior of hosting owners
6. Unfavorable policy of purchasing additional options
7. Third party advertising on your site
8. Sale of confidential data to third parties
9. Not a solid address of your site
10. No data backup
11. No control or settings
12. Inability to transfer the site
13. Significant risk of viruses and fraud
14. Initial limitation of SEO performance due to low traffic

Think for yourself, decide for yourself... ::)
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Asokanvon

- minuses of free web hosting
These disadvantages will show that it is better for your site to use paid hosting from the very beginning.

No. 1. Slow site loading speed
This problem is due to the fact that there are many free clients on the servers. Each of them has limited resources, but the server itself lacks them due to the number of users. Slow loading of pages on the site leads to the fact that your users simply get tired of waiting, get annoyed and leave your website.

No. 2. Lack of own domain
If you have ever visited sites that are created with the help of free hosting, then you have noticed that their domain name looks strange. It usually looks like this: yoursite.freehost.com. The hosting provider provides you with its domain. If you want more individuality, then you will have to pay for it.

No. 3. Trial period under the guise of free hosting
If you see a free package among the tariffs, then most likely it is just a limited version of a full-fledged paid hosting. Most likely there will be a certain restriction on the time of use, for example, 14 days. After that, you will be asked to pay.

Usually the cost becomes higher than you would pay for a standard hosting. You may be billed without your knowledge.

No. 4. Blocking site data
Many newcomers initially use free hosting for their sites and in the future switch to paid tariffs. But it may turn out that the hosting provider does not have the service of transferring the site to another tariff for free. Then you will have to pay. Otherwise, you risk losing not only the website, but also important data.

No. 5. Advertising on your site, which you cannot influence in any way
A free hosting provider needs to earn money on their services somehow. Therefore, they install their ads on user sites. Usually it has nothing to do with the subject of your site. The banner itself is located where the hosting provider decides.

This type of advertising scares and annoys users. This can lead to inefficiency of the entire project.

No. 6. Closing website
The site that provides you with hosting services has every right to disable the site without explanation. This information is specified in the user agreement. It is almost impossible to restore the content of the site.

Also, the site may disappear if the hosting provider itself closes. For example, Yahoo once had a free GeoCities hosting project. After a few years, the site was closed and all the data of the sites registered on this hosting was simply deleted.

No. 7. Free hosting can sell your information
This is also specified in the user agreement. The hosting provider has the right to sell information about you to third parties. Usually users are left perplexed when they find out this, but the law is still on the side of the site. This way of earning money describes the rule well: if you don't pay for something, then you are the product.

No.8. There are no tools for creating websites
There are sites that offer their users a free website builder, but mostly these are large companies with a large audience. Less well-known hosting providers do not give access to such tools.

Without an adequate designer, it is difficult to give the site individuality and prestige.

No. 9. Malware
Unfortunately, many free hosting companies cannot provide their users with a high level of protection. This entails the spread of malware. As a result, it is not the hosting provider himself who suffers, but your site, its reputation and SEO optimization.

No. 10. Bandwidth limit
Now all the major sites offer their users unlimited bandwidth, but free hosting is lagging behind in this regard. The limit can lead to poor website performance.

No. 11. Small disk space
Free hosting providers offer limited disk space. If you exceed the limit, you will be asked to pay extra.

No. 12. Free clients in low priority at the support service
Most free tariffs have a support service, but it will be difficult to contact it, because users with such tariff packages will always be lower than the owners of paid tariffs. It gets to the point that you just don't get an answer. In most cases, you will have to solve the problems yourself.

Why is it better to use paid hosting:
The disadvantages that we have mentioned above may already push you to use paid hosting for your project. Paid tariff plans will provide you with a large number of resources, high-quality work of your project, reliable protection and responsive support service.
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Bob Bigelou

Quote from: arthyk on Sep 15, 2022, 08:39 AMIn the aggregate, all the problems that you may have if you use free hosting can be summarized as follows:

1. Third party advertising on your site
2. Limited amount of physical space
3. Third level domains
4. Poor performance and interruptions
5. Unpredictable behavior of hosting owners
6. Unfavorable policy of purchasing additional options
7. Third party advertising on your site
8. Sale of confidential data to third parties
9. Not a solid address of your site
10. No data backup
11. No control or settings
12. Inability to transfer the site
13. Significant risk of viruses and fraud
14. Initial limitation of SEO performance due to low traffic

Think for yourself, decide for yourself... ::)


I am also not a fan of free hosting, but not everything is so bad.
Let's go through the minuses of the starter topic.
1. Advertising is only on very poor hosting (usually Russian)
2. Many free hostings offer from 5 to 25. This is enough to create a small site.
3. You can't argue here. Of course there is no euphonious name, but it even simplifies promotion.
4. But here it is not so obvious. I used free hosting for 6 months, where the download was good and the server consistently kept 50,000 visitors per month.
5. For the first time, I hear about this.
6. I would say that the price tag is clearly too high, and this is one of the reasons why people go to other hosting.
7. Same as point 1.
8. Good hosting providers do this too.
9. Repeat point 3.
10. Yes.
11. There are, in addition to hosting with their own constructor, and even they give control.
12. There is a possibility.
13. Nothing more than fiction unsupported.
14. Everything is limited by your traffic.
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Harry_99

In addition to the absolutely correctly written shortcomings of free hosting, it has undeniable advantages.
  • This is a great school for beginners. You can use ready-made tools and solutions provided by the provider.
  • This sandbox is for testing the performance of your projects and software solutions.
  • You don't have to pay for all these pleasures.
Therefore, if you see flaws, then you have already grown out of small clothes, which is good news.
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