Both free and
hosting have their benefits and down sides. However,
before the best type of web solution can be found the
webmaster will need to consider the main motivator for the website.
For those looking for a
page, hobby site, or non-profit website a free
hosting service will provide the basics of what is needed at just the
right price- free. Although a free website will not provide a professional
scene for a business, or a
webmaster looking for credibility, as unfortunately free
services look very 'cheap' then little else can be expected from something
that costs nothing.
A free website will offer webmaster’s free templates for the
design of the website, and helpful wizards that take the webmaster
step by step through the uploading process. Often a free service may offer
domain names and email facilities with their package.
Customer service is often included, although how good the service is will
often vary. The biggest problem with a free
service is, the amount of traffic onto the sight may be limited, and
the sizes of the files being transported may also be limited. Free
often experience a lot of down time, so they can at times be
Because the site is free, the hosting company may very well be relying on
sponsors in the way of
ads to keep the company in business. If this is the
case, setting up a
business with flashing banners will really cramp your style,
credibility, and scare away potential customers.
Paid services are used by webmasters to keep things running smoothly in
business, what this means is the good
companies will provide excellent customer service, and
have plenty of happy customers who are willing to add their testimonies.
Professional companies will usually offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee,
chats, and telephone services for customers experiencing
Many professional companies will also offer discounts and bonuses for your
business, and reward you for paying early. Other things that a
hosting company will offer is ample
space, and disk space. Often large amounts of uptime
will be guaranteed, and sometimes failure to keep this amount of uptime
will result in compensation from company to their clients.
Professional services may cost money, but the service is far more
advanced, and professional companies never take space from their customers
in order to place their paid advertisements on. Depending on what a
customer is looking for when they create a website, will have a lot of
bearing on their choice of providers. For a webmaster that is creating a
credible business venture, a professional web hosting plan is vital to