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Why You Should Not Settle with Free Web Hosting Services

?WHY It's Best Not to use a Free Web Hosting Service There will come a time when you need to build a website-whether you're an entrepreneur looking to create an online presence for your business or individuals looking to start their passion in blogging. For website newbies who are unsure on where to start, a familiar question is asked quite often: Is it better to go with free or premium web hosting service for my website? Let us explain the two and provide you with the pros and cons before you create your website or blog. FREE WEBSITE HOSTING Great for those who want a personal blog to share their hobbies or photos. · Ease of Use • Low to no budget • Technical skills not required To get as many possible options for free web hosting, use these terms on popular search engines: • Free Web Hosting • Free Website Template • Free Blog Sites • Free Website Builder • Free Website Creator ? I'm sure most of the results will be website builders. A website builder is an all-in-one solution to get your website up and running with as little effort as possible. It will also provide with free domain name, hosting service and built in design or template. DPROS For a LIMITED TIME only! Free Templates They have pre-built templates and designs that offers the ability to tweak the colours, layout, font and design of the page. Free Domain Name Users on a free plan will be provided with a simple domain name in this format: username.freewebsitebuilder.com/sitename. Low to No Cost The only resources required to use these website builders are your time and creativity. So you can save that money to hire a web designer! Little to No Technical Skills Required Very easy for new users, or even those with zero web design skills or coding knowledge can create their own website. Step-by-step Guide From designing your own page, choosing your preferred website name to finally publishing your website, it's all covered under their user-friendly guide. Easy Drag & Drop Interface Handles all the coding and programming in the background, while providing a simple solution to users with zero design skills. Create a website with minimal effort through their drag-and-drop interface and text editing tools. Free Web Hosting You are given a certain amount of hosting space for free. Once your website is created through a website builder, it will go live immediately. Website builders are great for quick-fix solution. While these site builders may seem to cover all the basic things you need to power a website, you will definitely need more hosting resources than these free site builders will allow the moment CONS your website grows its traffic over time. Let's take a look at the other side of using a free web hosting service. No Unique Domain Names With free web hosting, you will be It's Not Ad-Free Website builders show their ads on your site for them to generate revenue. Imagine what your viewers will think when they'll see all these irrelevant and unprofessional ads. This might negatively affect your site reputation and the trust in your products and services. using the web host's domain name, example: yourcompany.yourweb- hostprovider.com instead of yourcompany.com. No Advanced Features There's not much you can do to enhance the look and functionality of your site because there's only limited cus- tomisability. Interactive features like plugins, forums, shopping carts, and others may not be available. Lack of Flexibility in Design and Functionality Limited to the design or template available and restrictions in cus- tomisation for your website. You may not be able to achieve the exact layout, or add interactive features and plugins to boost site performance. Not Free Forever with your site tied to their in-house hosting, it might even cost you more when you decide to upgrade to their premi- um plans later on. Some website builders offer free hosting or discount- ed introductory rates at the beginning but the succeeding rates are out- rageously expensive. You Don't Own Your Content Bad news. You don't really own all the content posted on these free sites. If your website is flagged for anything that's against their policy, they can delete your content. If you also decide to leave their service, your website may not be transferrable too. Not SEO-Friendly website builders have improved as far as Search Engine Optimisation is concerned, but they are not as advanced as those with popular CMS like WordPress. It is easier to rank with a Word- Press site due to its coding and wide array of SEO plugins available. Additionally, if you don't have a unique domain name to start with, your site will have a hard time ranking in Google's search engine. Website Migration Not all website builders allow migration from their host to other web servers. Some of them are operating on a different system that don't allow website migrations. Customer and Technical Support website builders do Not Mobile-Responsive Themes and templates designed by website builders may not be 100% mobile-friendly. Some of them allow you to adjust your website's view port to suit mobile devices. This will affect your google search ranking results. provide customer support, but to a limited level. Do not expect 24/7 support from them if you are using a free account. Page load times (shared hosting, sharing bandwidth) "A 1-second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversion". You have no choice but to share hosting and band- width resources with the other users on the shared environment. Few web pages Some only offer a single page and this may not enough if you have many content to post on your site. This reduces the amount of web pages that Google can crawl which means less traffic and searches going to your website. There's a chance that your page load speed be affected by other heavy users. With that being said, when should you use a free web hosting service? Here are 4 tips to remember: • When you only need a simple platform to post your content • When you can't 100% commit to managing your website regularly • When you have limited to • When you need a quick and easy solution to build an online presence budget for web hosting 100% PREMIUM PREMIUM WEB HOSTING If you think that free web hosting is not suited for your needs, we suggest that you get a hosting plan for your website. This is great for those who want to run an online business or hope to get their personal blogs monetised in the future. PROS Cost-effective From around $2 to $8 dollars each month, you can already get all the premium features from your web host like customer support, thou- sands of choices for plugins, themes, and others. Even the lowest plans provide sufficient resources to run a website. SEO Credibility Complete control over your content You own every content posted on your self-hosted website. Your website is not controlled by the web hosting provider;, you have complete control over it. Purchasing a unique domain name + web hosting package allows you to stand out from your competitors and adds credibility to your business. Reliable Performance More options for customisation Paid hosting packages allow you to install plugins, play around with different themes and modify theme files when necessary. With free hosting, you're not guaranteed maximum performance at all times but with premium web hosting service, you're paying for higher bandwidth and disk space so expect your website to experi- ence less downtime and faster page load speed. Use your own ads You have control over the adverts displayed on your website so you don't put yourself in a situation where your random ads are shown on your website. SUPPORT CONS • You need to update the website yourself. • You need to regularly perform backups. However, there are hundreds of useful plugins to help you with that. Which one should you choose? If you only want a website as a personal blog and do not intend to generate income from it, by all means, choose free web hosting. However, one must always look at the long run, because chances are your blog will soon grow and you will need to accommodate the spike in traffic and other hosting requirements. Get your online presence right from the start so you can prevent yourself from any major headaches down the line. Brought to you by: V vodien 24/7 Managed Hosting Sources: http://www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/2014/08/22/diy-website-builder/ http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/should-you-hire-designer-use-web-builder/

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