The thought of getting a free website is tempting. The internet is full of companies offering free website hosting even for self-hosted WordPress. You’re probably wondering what’s the catch? So, why isn’t everyone else using a free WordPress website? In this article, we will share the top reasons why having free website hosting is a bad idea and something that you should avoid at all costs.
Why Free Hosting Can Be Bad?
They can shut down your website
The terms and conditions of these services clearly state that they can shut down your website at any time without providing you a reason. So, If they shut down a website, they usually don’t give your data or provide you a way to save your content.
Reasons Why Free Hosting Can Be Bad: Google Will Not Help
Long gone are the times when Google treated “professional” websites as equal to “free” websites (if there ever was such a time). This is because so many of those free sites are of such low quality, that Google (often) assumes all of them aren’t that great.
Not Completly Free
Many of these free website services often turn out to be limited trials. After a while, you are asked to pay for it. In most cases, this price is usually way higher than normal WordPress hosting services. If you added a credit card during signup, then they can charge you without giving you any warning.
Reasons Why Free Hosting Can Be Bad: No Server Control
Let’s say you publish a post that starts to become popular on Reddit or Facebook. It’s likely that you’ll quickly exceed the bandwidth limit you get as part of your free hosting. So, your site will go down, and you’ll lose tons of readers.
Bandwidth is the amount of data transferred from the server to the user browser. It costs money and most free websites come with very limited bandwidth caps.
Free Domain Can Not Be a Domain
Normally, when you sign up for free hosting you’ll see a “free domain name”. This will usually look something like hosting.yourfreesite.com. Hardly professional, right? Remember, your site address is not your own. What you’re in a subdomain. As a result, you never own this domain name. If their service shuts down, your website and your “free domain name” are likely to go with it.
Free website companies host hundreds of websites sharing the same server and hard disks. So, they usually give you very limited storage to store your data. Finally, when you reach that limit, you need to pay for more storage.
They Can Sell Your Information
In the day and age, a good thing to remember is that if you aren’t paying for it, then you are actually the product. So, these free web host companies use other ways to make money.
Such as selling your personal information, email address and other personal and company information to other companies.