Free Web site Hosting without the Banner Ads? Looking for free
web hosting with no annoying pop-ups, pop-unders, buttons,
banners, headers or footers? And as well as this, you'd like
99.8 percent up-time, fast servers, access to the cgi-bin for
scripts, FP extensions, PHP and MySQL databases and FTP access?
We went out searching for the best "no ads" totally free site
hosting space deals around. The results: disappointing, they are
very few and far between. Many have come and gone, or as in the
case of Bizland, quite suddenly withdrawn their free service and
demanded that all their customers begin paying. We took a look
at the promotional information for over 300 free web hosting
companies, but then also looked at customer reviews. There was
usually a major difference in opinions.
There is still a plethora of free web hosts around, but most
require that you carry their advertising or offer you a limited
time for the free service, usually a year. On the up side of
this, many of these companies do supply quality hosting with
many services in exchange for having their banners served up on
your pages. We did find that many of the non-banner supported
free options were hosted on very slow servers. In a number of
cases, the server failed to respond at all! How do non-banner
free hosting companies make their money? These companies try to
survive by enticing the freebie customers to take out their paid
hosting space options, which is fair enough. Quite often, their
paid hosting options are quite cheap. You'll find that if you
utilize this kind of free site hosting, the services available
are rather limited and you'll need to pay for things like Front
Page extensions and access to the cgi-bin for scripts. The other
way that they survive is through regular newsletters containing
offers from companies that pay them for the ad space.
Strategies in using non-banner supported free hosting options
One of the common patterns for these companies is that when they
first set up shop, customer support is fantastic, server
response times are great, shared scripts function well and file
transfer interfaces are reliable. But as time goes on, "gold
fever" hits, and people begin flocking to these companies with
inevitable results -- things start slowing down and falling over.
If you do find yourself in the position of needing to use free
space due to financial restrictions; here's a couple of things
you can do: Buy a domain name first Register a domain name first
-- Many domain name registrars give you a stack of free services
with each name registered. Costs for domain name registrations
can be as little as US$10-$12 per year. One of the services that
you want to look for is a domain name control panel and free
http/URL forwarding or framing. This allows you to redirect the
name as you wish, changing its destination every day if you want
to! If your free web-hosting provider goes belly up or isn't
functioning correctly, you can move your site to another
provider and redirect the domain name to point towards it.
A word of warning -- be very careful whom you register your
domain name with. We recently assisted a client who registered a
domain name for a couple of dollars, but had very little control
over the name without having paying huge fees to the registrar.
It took approximately 2 months to wrest control away from the
rabid registrar and transfer the name to a more ethical company.
Always read the fine print. What if I can't afford a domain
name? You could always use a free, no-banner, no-popup URL/HTTP
redirection service from providers such as:
The only issue with using these free URL redirection providers
is the question of continuity of service. Also bear in mind that
when it comes to being listed on the search engines, nothing
beats having your own domain commercially hosted, rather than a
redirection to one. Free web space may be right under your nose!
When you sign up for Internet access, it is not uncommon for you
also to get some free web space thrown in with the deal. We
receive 10 Megs of space, including Front Page extensions from
our Internet Service Provider which has been invaluable for
creating a mirror / backup version of Taming the Beast. Net.
Email your ISP to check out what is available to you.
Ok, back to non-advertising supported, free web hosting options.
While we won't personally recommend any as we haven't used them
and there were too many conflicting views, the following free
hosting directories may assist you in finding some no frills, no
banner web space. Remember to read the fine print before signing
up for any service:
Looking for free web based file storage space?
As you can see, there is a number of alternatives to get you
started. It should be noted that nothing matches paid site
hosting. But if price is an issue and you want to get your site
up quickly, by all means check out the free service being
offered. It may not supply much such as web space or bandwidth,
but you would have taken the first step towards your online
career. The most important thing to realize, is don't certain
factors detain you from your goal. If money is an issue, you now
have some free services to get you started.
About The Author|
Matt Byron, Marketing Made Simple. Visit the World Resource Center
at: http://www.directmarketing4u.com. Great resources for all
your marketing needs.
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