Are Free Web Site Hosting Accounts Really Free?
There are a lot of so called free web site
hosting companies out there touting their services. While the accounts
offered by many of these
providers are free to use, there are sometimes hidden
costs that can leave you wasting both time and money.
If you want to
sites that are truly free, you are going to have to
carefully evaluate the
services before signing up. Special considerations to keep in mind
when shopping for web hosting providers include:
You can build
sites all day long, but no one will ever see them if
web host isnít reliable. To find out how reliable a free
web site hosting company is, you should ask about expected downtimes,
traffic limitations, and customer services procedures. You should also ask what type of message
will be displayed is the web
site is disabled for any reason.
The amount of bandwidth you have determines how long it will take for your
pages to load. To keep costs low, many web hosting providers offering
limited bandwidth. The problem with this is that your pages can take ten
seconds or more to load. Thatís just enough time for a user to get
frustrated and seek out another web site. If your free
hosting account comes with limited bandwidth, you need
to be prepared for the possibility of missing out on customer sales.
Free web site hosting services are notorious for placing unwanted ads on
customer web sites. This means that you will have
pop-ups and other annoying advertisements on your site
that you cannot remove. These ads might become very irritating for you and
even more so for your customers, who may choose not to visit as a result.
If you want to build web sites that include pictures,
icons, and large amounts of text, you may want to look
for web hosting providers that will allow you to build these kinds of web
sites. Some free services will place limitations on what you can and canít
do. For example, you may be barred from using pictures or more than five
pages. If you donít have the elements needed to build
the type of site you want, you could end up wasting a lot of time on a
site that will end up having to be rebuilt with a different host later on
About the Author
Cliff Posey, owner of CRP Marketing, owns and
operates http://webbusinesstoolsonline.com. Cliff Posey has also operated
several other successful web businesses including Love Song Cards and Radio
Career Consultants. The content in this article was developed from his
experience in these businesses.