Being quite opposite services free and paid hostings are always compared. The main question is why spend money if you can get a service for free? Here comes a number of reasons why paid hosting is much better than a free one.
Free web hosting doesn’t give you the right to have an individual domain name. You will be provided only with a subdomain and your URL will contain the name of your web hosting provider. On the contrary paid hosts give you the possibility of having your own domain name. With this option you may transfer your domain to another provider’s server in case you will decide to change the company.
Paid web hosting service is known by sufficient disc space and bandwidth providing. So your possibility to upload files is much wider unlike with free hosts. Free web hosting has a lot of limitations not only to file size but also to its type. There may be only several kinds of files you are allowed to add and you probably won’t have the right to share your own programs by means of your web presence because of the restrictions. Moreover, free hosts don’t have FTP access which implies that you are to use only web builder facilities for managing your website. In case you need some additional tools there is nothing to be done as with free hosting you can’t manage your website building with the help of e-mail and web browser. Paid web hosting services do not contain the obligatory advertising option, unlike free hosts. Opening the page of the website hosted for free your visitors will be attacked with different banners and pop-ups containing adverts which may interfere the work greatly and make your clients become disappointed by your web presence. And you have nothing to do with it as everything is explained very simply – the companies should cover the money they spend on your free service and they achieve this aim through the very advertisements.
Choosing a free web host for your work you should know that there is no uptime guarantee and the server may not run properly. You are also not allowed to control the account yourself and the hosting provider may make any changes to the terms and conditions any time. With paid providers, you won’t experience such disadvantages as their uptime guarantee is not less than 99%, and you have the possibility of managing and operating your account on your own. Paid web hosts are the best for launching a business related online source. In addition to other already listed advantages, they have all necessary contact options. If you run some e-commerce website you will not experience obstacles in keeping contact with your users as your website will at least have an e-mail option.
What is not less important paid hosts are always provided with a reliable and helpful support system which is 24/7 at your service. You may be sure you’ll get your question answered and receive necessary help timely and properly which can’t be said about free hosting’s customer support.
There is a great difference between free and paid hosting services and that is not about the money. Of course, if you are not aware of the factors listed above and consider free web hosts’ features to be quite sufficient for establishing your personal website you may go for it. At last you son;t lose anything except some time you’ll waste on discovering whether the service is worthy or not. But if you are sure you want your web presence to be really competitive it is better to spend some money and receive professional and qualitative service which will predefine your success.