Posted on August 14th, 2015 by HostNesta
Why you should avoid using a free web hosting? The free hosting, of course, is very common, especially for novices that have just stepped into the online market. Although, free hosting is best suited for personal use, and is stringently not recommended for professional use. You might be wondering, why? Here are some of the reasons why you should buy your own website with professional hosting, since the costs are not excessive with free hosting services.
The free hosting is a myth!
In fact, nothing is for free; everything has a cost or a benefit. The free services are just a mirror for larks and we explain why most of the sites, blogs or forums free offer good service as long as you put their ads (not all) and you will have to pay to remove their ads as well.
The main purpose of the free services is to give a taste of their characteristics and to attract customers, who soon will notice having to go to the premium features mandatory. Some examples:
- Monthly fee for limited users
- Size of space very low (1-2 GB)
- Security and privacy
- Backup content not possible
Termination of Service
Your website, blog or forum may also be banned or suspended according to the norms of the service provider. In our opinion this is one of the most negative of a free hosting service. As it happens, before it stops the service, the user is forced to pay the premium formula to make a full backup of its texts and images, before moving to another platform.
Hider Full Functionality of the Website
Search Engine Optimization for the visibility on the search engines you need to treat a large number of factors, which is covered in whole another line of work called SEO, and is very complex. Very often it is not possible to correct or optimize a site just because the free hosting does not offer the ability to manipulate the “pure code”, but code blocks or pre-set code owner (mostly non-editable).
Alternative to Free Hosting
You may be curious to find out what are the best alternative to free hosting? Simply may hosting companies have a way of making their products very affordable and within the reach of its clients. HostNesta.com offers the best alternative to free hostingRead More
Posted on June 29th, 2015 by HostNesta
A reliable web host is a must for all websites and blogs, but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Not all cheap web host sucks! Some budget web hosts are as good as that VPS hosting deal you were looking at. And hey, that “awesome” web business idea you have in mind doesn’t need a dedicated hosting yet. You can host it on a shared hosting first and make the switch after it accumulate enough buzz.
When looking around for a web host, it is always good to settle with a host that gives you the opportunity to grow. Rather than pick a cheap hosting plan with a host that does not expand beyond shared hosting is very ridiculous. There comes a time your website grows beyond the host and it will be difficult to move.
Such an experience sucks, but you only have yourself to blame on. That is the price of being naïve.
As a good cheap-host-hunter, you must learn how to save some money on hosting.
How Cheap Is Cheap?
First, let’s define the term “cheap”.
In order to fall into the ‘cheap web hosting’ category, how cheap a hosting plan needs to be?
Being in this line for more than a decade, I see hosting prices drop drastically for the past 10 years – first, we called $8.95/mo cheap, then $7.95/mo, $6.95/mo, $4.95/mo, and it goes as low as $1.95/mo in certain occasions these days.
So how cheap is cheap (by today’s standard)?
Quick answer: Below $5/mo, with adequate features.
By adequate features, I mean hosting services that come with features that match current market standard. The standards may change from time to time (for example years ago a $5/mo hosting deal can get you only 6 addon domains, 5GB storage, and 10GB data transfer; now everything goes unlimited).
At this time of writing, a standard cheap hosting deal should at least cover sufficient power to host at least 50 – 100 not-so-active domains with basic web statistics support, email and web mail services, auto script installations, updated PHP and MySQL, basic after-sale technical support, and at least 99.8% server uptime. It would be a plus if the host can provide regular server backup, periodic malware scanning, and additional dedicated IP as well as private SSL certifications; but honestly you really can’t ask for too much with a host cheaper than your coffee.
- Basic Hosting Plans @ $5/yr
- Standard Hosting @ $1.85/mo
- Advanced Hosting @ $2.99/mo
- Unlimited Hosting @ $3.99/mo
- Offshore Hosting @ $2.99/mo