Starting with a website requires a domain name and a hosting space. There are many free platform like BlogSpot, WordPress.com but they comes with great deal of limitations. A professional approach is to get a self hosted site. The easiest way is to get a WordPress blog. Now, for a WordPress blog we need following things, Domain and a WordPress compatible hosting company.
Everyone knows that the reason behind tremendous development of blogosphere is, the awesome free hosting services like blogspot, Geocities, wordpress.com, typepad etc. But in recent years, many happenings around free hosts do not seem good as it sounds.
Problems with Free Webhosting:
I know free hosting are cheap and you don’t have to spend a penny on hosting your site, but all such free webhosting companies uses this freemium model to promote their premium service. A food of thought: Do you think any thing can come up for free without any catch. I started my blog on a free webhost and it was an awful experience. Here are some of the common issues with your hosting account, when you grab it for free.
1. Free Hosted Blog can die at any time
At any time free hosting providers can close their free service. They will definitely inform you before closing their service as per the terms & policies. But what is the use of it? You should move all content to new server. Also remember if they closed only new registrations and keep safe their already hosted domains then you can redirect your links to your new domain else if they completely close their services, then you can’t even redirect your old links. As a result, all your old links will become dead.
A great example of this:
Yahoo Geocities closed their service on April 2009. At that time, they told that new registrations would not be accepted but old domainswill remain functional and upgrading to Yahoo’s paid hosting wasrecommended. Unfortunately later Yahoo asked to transfer all data before dead line October 26, 2009 and also it said that
GeoCities is not being decommissioned — it’s being deleted. This means any data whether is not personally backed up by its owners or readers will not be recoverable, forever.
2. You can’t sell your free hosted blog
It will be hard to digest the truth. The truth is, your free hosted blog is not your own property. For example, read the terms and conditions of blogspot. It clearly tells that you can’t sell, share, and transfer your blogspot blog to any other person.
“No Resale of the Service. Unless expressly authorized in writing by Google, you agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes (a) any portion of the Service, (b) use of the Service, or (c) access to the Service.”
You may sell your blog secretly to someone. But if blogspot identifies it then you blog will be closed and will be removed from search engine index also.
3. There is no safety
I don’t tell this to threat you again & again or to make this post lengthy. I tell this from the real happenings of online inthe recentyears. Free hosting service providers can’t spend cash much on security issues.
I remember a company (2ip) which offered free hosting services. Hundreds of thousand users started their blog in it. But their servers were hacked severely by hacking experts. I evenhave their email when they sent me after some days of hack And they told and in that mail they mentioned that they couldn’t get back even the data. please if youhad backup then go to this hosting company (Hostgator)which we found as a standard one.
4. There is no control on server resources for you
You don’t have control on your blog server resources. If your blog comes popular in digg, delicious or in some other one like that then your blog will certainly go down.
Do you know Leo Babauta ofZenhabits? He explained his experience in his free guide with blogspot when his blogspot blog came popular on digg at first time. He also mentioned in this book about how he felt when his blog came down onceit reached Digg home page.
When a more popular digg user submitted one of my posts, however, I hit the front page of Digg, and it was a rush. Until my server crashed from all the traffic that is. That was disappointing.
5. Don’t fall on Non-guaranteed promises of free domain
Don’t fall in some catchy advertisements. No one will give you anything free without expecting some returns, immediately or later.
Let me come to the point straight.
In recent times you might heard or tried the free co.cc domains. I have to explain something regarding this. Co.in & Co.cc are not same. Co.in is a TLD (Top level domain) that has been approved by IANA as it to be a TLD. But Co.cc is not a TLD, the .cc is the TLD, Co.cc is website name.
What they do is, they give their subdomains for free. So understand this, getting a domain example.co.in & example.co.cc is not same. When you buy example.co.in, it means you buy your own domain but when you buy example.co.cc, it means you use their subdomains.
They can close their service at any time or change it to paid model. If they shut down their website then your blog will go down even if you host it on own server. So take care of registering right domain at right registrar.
I know you wish to keep your budget minimal and instead of going to free one, you should opt for some of the cheapest hosting, which offers quality service at very reasonable amount. Harsh has compiled a useful list of cheapest WordPress hosting, which you can opt for. Always try to build your home at your own land. If you are serious about starting a blog then don’t opt for any free hosting or free domain model. Do you have already blog on free host? Then it is the right time to move for best host.
Have you ever heard any stories like these in your experience? If yes, then what are they? elsedo you still think free hosting is the best one?