Don’t Fall for Free Web Hosting

Don't fall for free web hosting | InMotion Hosting

Free web hosting for your website sounds like a great idea, and maybe too good to be true. There is no such thing as free, especially when it comes to technology. What free hosting offers is usually just storage space, plus a less than stellar website builder, and that’s about it. Let’s go over some of the key factors of a hosting plan and whether a free or paid plan has the advantage.

The Real Cost of Free Web Hosting

Let’s get the most obvious feature out of the way. A free web hosting plan costs you nothing, while a paid plan costs some money. There are cheap paid plans but when it comes to free, nothing costs less.

Advantage: Free Plan

Website Appearance

Many companies that offer paid hosting plans also offer website builders. The free web hosting plans will have a very limited amount of customization available. On top of that, your website will most likely be inundated with ads. This is not a good look for anybody trying to run a respectable business, blog, or have an online presence.

With a paid provider, your options will be much greater. For example, InMotion Hosting has a Website Creator that allows you to use the full power of WordPress for your site. Yes, you pay money for the hosting plan, but you can have a website that looks exactly as you want it to.

Advantage: Paid Plan

Management

When choosing a free hosting plan, you are choosing to control the server, files, security and everything else that is the backend of your website. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, you’re in for a world of chaos.

As for a paid plan, you don’t have to worry. The hosting company will be updating security, monitoring the server for any issues, allocating space, and so on. You are paying them, after all, and they want to continue to keep their customers.

Advantage: Paid Plan

Security

We briefly mentioned security in the last section so let’s address it now. A free hosting plan is, shall we say, bad when it comes to security. Chances are you’re on a shared server with others who have the same free plan. This can be dangerous. Hackers love targeting free hosting websites because they are easy to get into.

The hosting company is probably not giving you the best security they can, and why would they, you aren’t paying them. That being said, if a hacker gets into another site on the server you’re on, you can bet they will find a way into yours.

Simply put, with a paid plan you have security. The hosting company does not want anything to happen to any of its customers and will take the best course of action to do so. With certificates, firewalls, scans, monitoring for threats, and so on, the paid plan has your safety in mind at all times.

Advantage: Paid Plan

Free Isn’t Always Free

We can continue to go on about free web hosting and its limitations but that would be a long article and would end in the same result. Paid hosting is always the better choice. You have more flexibility to improve your website, more security, more storage, and so on.

That being said, not all paid hosting plans are the same. There are different tiers when it comes to hosting companies and what they can offer. Which is why we at InMotion Hosting offer a variety of plans to fit your needs and some of the best support in the business. For a look at our different plans please visit InMotion Hosting and find the one that’s right for you.

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