Let’s face it. Nothing comes for free nowadays. But if it’s free, there’s always a disadvantage.
And same thing goes to free web hosting. Although they are said to be free, there are things that will not satisfy you as how a paid web hosting will.
The disadvantages for free web hosting
- No custom domain name. You will have to settle with a subdomain name for your website. For example, www.yourwebsite.example.com.
- Limited storage space. While most paid web hosting providers provide ample of storage space, free web hosting provider usually offers a maximum of 3 – 5GB of storage space. Some offers lesser.
With that said, the following are some of the best free web hosting providers.
As of today, WordPress powers more than 32 percent of the websites on the internet. One of the reasons for their achievement is offering free web hosting service.
Their free web hosting service includes WordPress.com or .Blog subdomain name, 3GB of storage space and WordPress community support.
Wix.com have a very similar system as WordPress.com in terms of how they work. The subdomain name that is provided for free is Wix.com and the storage space is 500MB.
Weebly and Wix are neck to neck in terms of the features that they provide. The only difference is the subdomain name.
000webhost is actually my personal favourite free web hosting in this list. This is simply because it uses WordPress.org’s software to build and manage websites [Read our article here on the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com]. As a result, you are able to make use of all the plugins, themes and features that comes with WordPress.
This also means that you can use 000webhost to create an e-commerce website, which you can’t do with WordPress.com, Wix.com and Weebly.com.
Other than that, the subdomain that is used is 000webhost.com and the storage space is 1GB.
x10hosting is another personal favourite free web hosting of mine. Compared to 000webhost, x10hosting offers more website building software options. For example, you can build a website using WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento and more.
You are also given access to advanced web hosting tools such as FTP and PHPMyAdmin.
On top of that, you can choose the subdomain names from five different domains which they have made available; x10host.com, x10.mx, x10.bz, elementfx.com and pcriot.com.
The storage space is 500MB.