The short answer is no. I’ve tried many web hosting companies, some better than others. In this short article I give you the reasons why free web hosting is a bad ideas and why you should consider an affordable alternative I use myself
Poor Customer Service
I’ve discovered the main issue with free web hosting is the customer service. Free web hosting usually carries with it poor customer service. Getting an answer to a question can take significantly longer and having them solve a problem may be next to impossible..
With paid hosting, such as the one I use, you can have a problem solved within minutes and getting a reply via live chat can take just seconds
Poor Speed and Reliability
Free web hosting is usually slow or unreliable with low data transfer speed and limited bandwidth. A limited bandwidth means that once the number of monthly website visitors exceeds a limit, the website may not load and you’ll need one of their paid web hosting plans. This is usually the goal of a free web hosting company.
The less reliable your site and the longer it takes to load the lower you’ll fall in the search engine results. Google Search now takes into account page loading speed as a ranking factor.
They’ve got to make money some way, and those providing free web hosting often make their money via advertisements. This doesn’t look professional if you own a business. Some of these advertisements are non-intrusive. However others can be very intrusive, such as annoying popups.
Free hosting plans often don’t provide a free domain name you would recognize. For example .com or .net and domain registration can take awhile.
They will often provide sub domains within their own domain name, for example yourwebsite.wordpressc.com or yourwebsite.blogspot.com. If you want your own domain name (recommended) get paid hosting.
I’ve tried many affordable web hosting companies and found siteground to be the best value for money. They provide the best customer service I’ve ever received from a hosting company with live chat often resulting in an answer within seconds. Fast loading times with high bandwidth even for sites with high volume traffic. Also very reliable and flexible.
Please let me know what your experiences are with free web hosting companies and if you’ve tried more than one which would you recommend?