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  • Free Or Paid Web Hosting Which To Choose?One of the first things that needs to be done after finishing your very first website is making a decisionon the type of hosting that would work best for your needs. The majority of people just starting outonline have no idea what web hosting is about, or how important it is, so their first question is likely tobe whether or not they should get a paid or free hosting service. This article is going to focus onlooking at both of these different solutions by providing the positives and negatives of each.Free Hosting SolutionsPositives1. The first positive is the fact that its free. You dont have to pay for your domain name, or any partof the service whatsoever.Negatives1. The first negative is the fact that youre not likely to have a top level domain name and will besomething screwy like yourwebsite.freewebhosting.com, or another version that starts with thedomain URL and ends with your websites name i.e. Freewebhosting.com/yourwebsite. There is aninherent problem with this type of URL structure because since its not a top-level domain name, ifyou ever want to move your site to paid host, youre not going to be able to keep the same domainname and you will lose all the traffic and links that you have built to the site.2. Most of the free web hosting companies insert ads in the pages of your website. Its not uncommonfor them to insert as many as two banners, and theyll even throw in pop-ups on occasion. Many freeweb hosting companies dont allow you to place your own advertising on their platform, so if you arethinking about using something like a banner exchange, make sure that you thoroughly go over theirterms and conditions before committing to using them.3. When you sign up for free hosting company, its highly likely that theyre going to severely limit thebandwidth usage that youre allowed, and the majority of them are not going to offer any of the criticalfeatures like MySQL or PHP.4. Some free web hosting services will start you out without them placing any ads on your site, but willmake changes to their terms and conditions at some point and then stick them on their without lettingyou know. This can be a shocker if you werent expecting it.5. The last thing that happens fairly frequently with a free web host is that they will stop being freeand start charging for their services. If you are committed to them and have developed a website thatis becoming successful, it can be a real bummer because you only have two choices. You either payor you lose everything youve built.Paid Web Hosting Solutions
  • Positives1. One of the best things that paid web hosting offers is the fact that you are able to host a domainname that you actually purchased. This gives you all the power over your website because if you everrun into an issue with a web hosting company and you feel like you need to change, its a very simpleprocess to just change your name servers and transfer your website to another host.2. Whenever you pay for a web hosting service, part of those fees going to customer service.Because of that, the majority of them are going to provide both live support, or 24/7support via theirticketing system. Its not uncommon for any of the quality paid hosting services to have toll-free 24-hour phone support as well.3. Many of the paid web hosting companies are going to make a claim of guaranteed uptime for theirservers. Due to that fact, you can expect your paid host to be functioning all the time so your websitewill be live 24 hours a day with very little downtime.4. Whenever you pay for a web hosting service, depending on the level of plan that you get, youllalways have plenty of bandwidth and disk space to handle your website and traffic flow. If you everrun out, your have the option of upgrading to so its not really an issue. They also come stock withfeatures like MySQL and PHP so that you can install databases and run scripts without any issues.The great thing about that is you dont even have to be a programmer to run a PHP script as you candownload tons of them from the Internet for free.Negatives1. The only downside to paid Web hosting is the fact that you actually have to pay for it. It kind ofsucks but you do get what you pay for so its all good.You really could go with either decision if you are just wanting to set up a simple blog where yourejust posting your daily activities, or arent planning on growing significantly. If you really want to buildup a solid business however, and part of that plan is going to be setting up databases and runningPHP scripts, then its going to be an absolute necessity to cough up the money and find a quality paidweb hosting company.Top 10 Web Hosting