How Free And Paid Web Hosting Services Differ
Free web hosting abounds on the internet with different offers from various companies. These companies have data centers that are located in various cities of the world where there would be adequate infrastructure to support the centres 24 hours without interruption. The centres would also be equipped with various hardware and software for smooth operations. They would also be well staffed for optimum performance and efficiency. With all these expensive investment and subsequent monthly overheads, how do you think these companies would recoup their investment after offering you free hosting services?
The only way they can remain in business after offering you free websites is to place adverts on the sites. So, you have to put up with pop-up ads, porn ads, ad banners of different sizes, etc. If you think your prospects wouldn't mind viewing these ads at the expense of your site contents, then free hosting service is your best bet.
On the other hand, paid hosting comes in different types; shared, dedicated, and VPS. Shared hosting is cheap, costing between $3.95 and $10 monthly. This is because you are sharing a server with others. You would be given discount if you sign up for a longer period. Moreover, you would be given unlimited disk space, bandwidth, sub-domains and email accounts, free web design tool, free database creation tool, free autoresponder, free web stats, amongst others.
Dedicated hosting service gives you access to the entire server and its entire environment. It is a little bit expensive and ideal for big companies. You can host as many websites as you desire with no worries about other clients bringing down the server and inconveniencing you. Under VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting, you will be placed on a shared server but with total access to its environment. This hosting type costs more than shared but not as costly as dedicated. If you want more control over the server despite the fact that it is on a shared platform, VPS is what you should look out for. You will get a dedicated hosting in a shared environment; I heard you say two in one.
The ball is now in your court, having been exposed to the realities of free and paid web hosting, you are now in a better position to make a resounding decision. And the decision must be the right one because you wouldn't want to jeopardize the success of your website online.