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Are free web hosts reliable?

Generally no, although there are a few exceptions. If the free host is making money from banner ads or other revenue sources directly from the free hosting service, then they likely will stay in business, provided someone doesn't abuse their web hosting server with spam, hacking, etc., as often happens to new free web hosting companies with liberal signup policies. If the freehost accepts just anyone, especially with an automated instant activation and it offers features such as PHP or CGI, then some users invariably try to find ways to abuse it, which can cause the free server to have a lot of downtime or the free web server to be slow. It is best if you choose a very selective free hoster which only accepts quality sites (assuming you have one).

How do the free web hosts make money ?

The free website hosts often make money in other ways, such as putting banners, popups, or popunders ads on your free webpages. Some free web hosting companies do not put ads on your site, but require you as the webmaster to click on banners in their control panel or signup process, or just display banners in the file manager in hopes you will click them. Some lure visitors with free hosting in hopes you will upgrade and pay for advanced features. A few send you occasional emails with ads, or may even sell your email address. A new method that is becoming popular is requiring a certain number of "quality" forum posting, usually as a means of getting free content for them and thereby being able to display more ads to their website visitors.

Can you really get FREE web hosting ?

Yes, there are hundreds of free hosting web sites, as far as not having to pay any money to have your website hosted. Generally they either cost you in time, web hosting restrictions, or modifying your free web pages by adding popups, banners, or other adverts. When looking for free web hosting (especially on search engines), you should beware that there are also a large number of commercial web hosts that claim to offer free hosting services, but those often have a catch, such as paying an excessive amount for a domain name or other service, and therefore aren't really free. The free free hosting guide below will give you some tips for finding the right free webhosting comapny for you.

Why to choose pay hosting instead of free ?

Many of you faced with the question today of having a web site.
And after developing your site you will probably starting to find good free hosting.
What is the catch with the free hosting providers?

There is nothing in this world for free. Ask yourself a question - how do they survive?
They have to pay for servers, bandwidth, server software and got no income?
The answer is - advertising, yeah they place an ads on your site and usually have a tracking tools to decide
whether traffic on your site click on their ads and generate income or not. If not dont be surprised your account closed.

• Free hosters usually place their own ads on your site.
• There are some free hosters that dont place an ads but if you get some traffic on your site
your free provider may close your account and place his own page with
ads instead of your site.
• PHP, CGI, Perl and many other tech tools are disabled.
• You have very limited disk space and limited bandwidth.
• You have not memorized by others address like www.freehoster.com/somedir/~youraccount
• You don't have useful tools like Site builder, add-on scripts which some paid hosters offer for free.
• You don't have email address similar as your account name.
• A lot of free hosts change their Terms without warning you.
• Because they are offering free hosting, the majority of them can not afford to offer 24/7 or any support.
• Very few free web hosts offer a control panel with their plans.

With pay host you eliminate all this inconveniences exept one - it is not free.
I know this is not simple step to decide to pay for hosting. So if you need just information
page for your friends then free hosting option is right for you. But if this is your presentation
site or you plan to do some business and need tools like PHP, CGI etc... I wouldd recommend to take a look at paid hosting companies.

What is the difference between UNIX hosting and Windows hosting?

Depending on which operating system to go with depends on your needs.

If you need to support Microsoft products such as ASP, MS Access, or VBScript, then Windows hosting would be better. Furthermore, if you are comfortable with IIS and do not have the time to understand how UNIX works, Windows hosting would again be a better choice.

There are some things to remember.

First of all, just because you use Windows at home does not mean you should use Windows hosting. The two are completely different, and having a Windows system at home will not affect your ability to communicate with a UNIX server.

Secondly, Linux is much more common with web hosts due to its superior stability and because it is free. Since it is free, Linux hosting is usually cheaper than Windows. Just because it’s free does not mean it’s not as good - Linux is an excellent product too.

What is Virtual Hosting?

Also known as shared hosting, this form of web hosting should suffice for most everyone.

Virtual hosting simple refers to the fact that your site is on one server, and that this server hosts mulitple sites. You are virtually shared - your site will not be the only one on this specific server.

Very few sites would actually need the power of a dedicated server, so this option provides to be a reliable and cheap solution