Does Free Web Hosting Really Worth? Lets Find Out
First of all, Welcome to the world of Web publishers !!, if you are planning to start your first website, you must be aware that creating a website is costly, from web design, SEO tools, domain name, web hosting, etc. there are a lot of things that are needed to be considered in running a website and it will cost you a lot.
But if you are new and just try to explore and start your own website for free? There is a solution, yep you read it right it’s completely free, but don’t get too excited since there are also some drawbacks to creating a free website in free hosting, but don’t worry since we will discuss it one by one.
Believe it or not, this website mirageportal.com started from free web hosting !.
It was hard those days and I’m completely new in the world of web publishers, and as a newbie at that time, it was really hard since I know nothing about how to create and running a website.
I’ve tried to create a website from a different platform for free like blogger.com and Wix.com, but then I realized that there is something missing.
“The Ownership” having a website in blogger.com is easy, they provide free web hosting, a free domain name with blogspot.com/ attached your domain name some themes that you can use for design, its completely free, but at the end of the day the website that you’ve created is not fully owned by you.
Having a site on blogger.com is like renting a house, you can live there, stay there but in the end, it’s not your house, it’s not your own property.
Same in blogger.com, since it was owned by Google the website that you will try to create on Blogger.com is also owned by Google and they have the authority to shut it down any time if they wanted to.
So for the reason of ownership I leave blogger.com and create my own website from scratch, but here comes another problem, as I’ve mentioned before creating a website especially from scratch is costly since you will need web hosting to host your site.
And at that time I don’t have the money to buy a premium web hosting plan, and I even knew that if I invest a huge amount of money creating a website I don’t have an assurance that It will succeed, so I find a way on how to get a free web hosting to start my website, and after countless searches, I found one that is truly reliable and absolutely free web hosting it is 100% free trust me.
Where did I host my website for free?
The web hosting company that I’ve been talking about is Awardspace it makes my dream of building my own website that seems impossible at first become possible, I’m not trying to become exaggerated this statement, but as I’ve said a while ago that at first, I know nothing, I don’t know how to start a website, I don’t have coding knowledge, and I don’t have money to buy a premium web hosting plan.
And finding 100% free web hosting is difficult, there are a lot of claims for free web hosting, but for 100% free ?, nothing beats Awardspace free web hosting in my opinion.
For now, I’m using a premium web hosting plan since my site has already grown and mature enough and ready to compete on search ranking I decided to migrate from free web hosting to premium.
But my experience with free web hosting will be forever on my memories, because of the fact that free web hosting helps my site to grow, and explore the things that I need to learn.
Note that free web hosting is just for those who are new to website builder since it is useful if you want to explore some basics and the best thing about it is that you can use the Awardspace free web hosting as long you want and If your ready you can switch to their premium web hosting plans as I did.
Now let explore further what is Awardspace free web hosting and Its features.
Who is Awardspace?
Awardspace is a web hosting company that pioneer of free hosting and as of today when some web hosting companies abandoned their free web hosting service Awardspace stays to their promise and goal that everyone should make their idea and turn into a website.
Does Free Web Hosting Worth It?
I will ask you a question, what is your main reason for finding free web hosting? Maybe you are a publisher with a limited budget and all you want is to show the world your ideas and your talent and that’s where Awardspace free web hosting is really worth.
Even for a free user, Awardspace will give you a lot of useful features that you can’t find in any free web hosting out there.
Here Are the Reasons to Choose Awardspace Free Web Hosting.
1. It Has CMS installer
Awardspace have their own CMS installer which is convenient and time-saving, all you have to do is to sign up for a free web hosting account.
After you sign up, you can choose from different CMS like Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and after you choose your preferred CMS you can use the Awardspace Zacky installer, which is a one-click CMS installer and your website will be ready in just 5 minutes.
2. 100% AD-Free and No Expiration Free web hosting
Even for free users, Awardspace guarantees that their free web hosting is 100% AD-free, so you don’t have to deal with some annoying pop-up ads, and once you create a free account there is no expiration !.
Hooray !!, no expiration means the time is on your side !.
3. It has Zacky Website Builder
In case you don’t want some of the famous CMS like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla and you want to create a unique website you are free to use Zacky website builder for both paid and free web hosting accounts.
Also, users can be used from premade designs or create their designs for a more unique kind of website.
4. 99% Network Uptime
As a Pioneer of free web hosting Awardspace gives a fair and best service as possible even for their free hosting users, it is guaranteed to provide 99% of Network uptime so users don’t have to worry that their website will experience downtime and losses some traffics.
5. It has Web-Based File Manager
Awardspace is a web hosting company that valued its customer so much that even for free hosting, they gave as much usability as possible, both premium and free users can benefit from their Web-based file manager tool, wherein the users can upload files, move files, folders, and creating files and directories with ease, this is very convenient and user-friendly for those who are not an expert web developer like me.
6. 24/7 Customer Support
This is one of my favorite features of Awardspace web hosting because their customer support is pretty good in assisting and helping their customers, they help me fix and give some advice every time that I commit a mistake and need help on my website.
They even help me fix when my website is in trouble when I accidentally upload a file that ruins my website existence online and take note that they help me with that problem even my website is still using their free account back then.
7. You can Get Free Short Domain
A domain name is so important for your website to be recognized and Awardspace web hosting will give you a free short domain with dx.am extension, for example, if you are using Blogspot and wordpress.com and you’re using their free domain it will look like this (yourname.blogspot.com or yourname.wordpress.com) which is too long for a Domain name.
But with Awardspace free domain it will look like this (yourname.am or yourname.dx) which is shorter than other free domains out there.
8. You Will Have a Free 1000MB Disk Space
Once you used their free web accounts you will be given a 1000MB of Disk space which is fairly enough to start a small website, if you want to create a blogging site 1000MB is barely enough to store all your blog pages.
9. It has a User-Friendly cPanel
Whether you are a free user or not you can always used their user-friendly control panel which is convenient and easy to understand even if you are a complete beginner.
It also has added drag and drops features so you can arrange the tools you used most so you don’t need to find or scroll down every time you will need your favorite tools.
10. PHP, MySQL Support
This one is for advanced users, that know how to use PHP and MySQL, but free and paid users can benefit from wide support for PHP and MySQL, but for free users, they cannot change PHP setting, unlike for the paid users that they have the ability to switch from PHP 5.3, PHP 5.4, PHP 5.5, PHP 5.6, PHP 7.0, PHP 7.1 and PHP 7.2.
Awardspace free hosting is great to start your first website and have your online presence for your business, their features are so good that you can create a fully functioning website without spending even a single cents.
But if you want to have more options like changing your PHP setting you cannot do it in free accounts, but you can upgrade to their premium plan any time like what I did.
Their premium hosting is affordable and you will get a free lifetime (.com) domain, free SSL, unlimited space, unlimited traffics, and much more in their selected paid hosting account.
The Only downside for their free hosting plan is that you cannot use a top-level domain like .org, .net, .com unless you buy one.
Like I said a while ago that their free web hosting Is good to start your first website, while you still learning like me a few years ago, and if you think that you are ready to upgrade to a premium web hosting plan is what I highly recommend.
From my own experience on Awardspace web hosting, I don’t have any complaints about their web hosting services from free to their premium hosting plans.