We all swear by the phrase “All good things come free”. But in the present is it really true? For example, take the web hosting universe- are the web hosts who advertise their “Free Services” are really worth the hype or is it just another scheme to con you into spending much more than you intended in the beginning? The industry itself has witnessed several accounts where the companies have gone bankrupt while leaving their customers high and dry after failing to offer them free hosting services for life.
In spite of the nightmare stories surrounding the “free service” option, there are people who are still considering it. For the same reason, let us look at this deal under the microscope which will offer some insight on this free hosting scheme.
Free Services Come With a Price Tag:
Often to capture attention of potential customers, companies put up a “free web hosting ad” all over their site, and while it is tempting, closer inspection will reveal that, you have to shell out one-time only fees to avail the services. Adding to the fine print is the fact that you also have to have a domain registered with that particular web host by paying an additional capital. Don’t have a domain, we’ll see that hole in your pocket widen as you may end up paying a significant premium for a new domain.
Adding insult to the injury is the revelation that you will come across after you have just finished paying for your free services. This just happens to the detail that says that your free hosting service has restricted bandwidth and disk space. So basically by the end of it, you just find out that you have burned through your company’s saving just to afford the free services. The best part about this whole scam is that your web host will later offer to up sell you to go for the paid plan in the future.
The Crack in the Pot:
It is needless to say that the entire scheme of free web hosting is flawed. Let me give you as walk through, these hosts get paid only once i.e. when the customer signs up, but they have to keep paying to keep up their customer’s service indefinitely. These hosts are highly vulnerable to credit card fraud too as thieves use these sites to check if the cards are good to go. Also since their operating costs are low, it affects the quality of the services they provide. Considering free services mean that you will have to compromise on critical areas of services like security, uptime, data backup, customer service and support.
The Third Wheel:
Your uptime depends on how reliable your provider’s server is. if your web host is reselling hosting on a third party’s server, then it is something to be worried about. In case of faults, your hosting provider will have no idea about how or when the problem will be fixed. The person who suffers during this whole ordeal is yes, you. Worst case scenario with the involvement of a third party will be if your service provider and the third party start a dispute. In such cases, be ready for your website to go into limbo till they hug and make up.
Even when the web hosts have their own servers, chances are they don’t really spend a lot (cause its free remember?) on security. This feature (or the lack of it) makes it a perfect hunting ground for scammers and fraudsters. Investing in a quality security service should help. Also these hosts don’t have back up services either (why are even considering free service?), so make sure to back up all your data on a regular basis.
Test Your Patience With Customer Service:
Free web hosting services offer customer support through email. These companies are severely understaffed which comes as no surprise. So in case of a serious problem , you just should kick back and relax (or not) as it is unlikely that you will be able to hear a voice on the other end of the line if you are calling the support staff.
Bottom line is, free hosting service is for people who like to gamble and also are experienced to deal with ‘perks’ which come with deal. It is also for someone looking or services with minimum support. This is strictly prohibited for people who have just learnt how the internet works.
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