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There are many drawbacks and disadvantages of free website hosting. Free web hsoting always comes with certain limitations that further turns into disadvantages and make it useless. Each host is different so the list below may or may not apply to any particular host and its services.
Web host is a company that provides you web space on Internet (actually on their online web servers). Web-hosting space is a place where you can store your website so that it can be made available online 24/7 globally throughout the year.
Here is the list:
- They can display ads, pop-up windows or add links on your website, without your consent and control.
- You can not put your own ads.
- It is usually a sub-domain so you never own it.
- You can not have a perosnalized email like firstname.lastname@example.org
- They do not allow scripting or cron jobs.
- They do not allow FTP access.
- Support is mostly very poor, if any.
- They may close your account without any warning.
- They may go out of business, FREE is not a sustainable business model.
- Sometimes, it is a FREE trial hosting offer and you know this after a month or xxx days and have no option other than discarding all time and efforts you put for that website or pay them.
- Some providers offer hosting without any advertising, great, but such websites may go out of business faster than competition.
- Backups are usually ignored.
- There are so many websites on a server, so CPU time and bandwidth is always an issue.
- Free Servers are built using very low quality hardware, less memory and smaller bandwidth channels, slowing your site even more.
- Your site may not exceed a small bandwidth limit. If you are getting visitors and you exceed the limit, your site may be shut down for a day or to the end of the month or even PERMANENTLY for voilating TOS.
- Search engines do not index free websites and never rank them.
- A business with a free website have no credibility.
- Some hosts consider anything publish on their servers as shared intellactual content. So, are you willing to write for them, for FREE?
- You may receive lot of spam from host, and it is part of terms you agreed at signup ?
So be wise, a select a reliable and affordable website hosting service.