There are two options for web hosting. There are free options and paid solutions. They have their differences but the services can overlap. Determining which best suits your needs should be based on what you plan to do with your site and its long term objectives.
Free sites may impose advertisements and banners on your website. It is how they cover expenses for offering you space on their servers. Your intentions may conflict with this. If you’re planning a commercial site to generate your own stream of income, you might not want conflicting ads and pop-ups distracting potential customers. You simply may not appreciate the look that advertising frames and banners give your site.
Reliability and speed access needs to be fast, reliable and guarantee uptime. Paid packages are definitely going to be more robust in this area. Bandwidth and disk space will be the biggest difference between free and paid hosting. Though no cost packages can offer a healthy gig for storage, some offer less. Paid services will offer a range of space based on pricing and memberships. Depending on what kind of traffic you expect or want, any limits a free provider might offer may not suffice. Deciding how much you’ll need is always going to be tricky. If your site turns popular, you wouldn’t want customers not being able to access the site because you’ve exceeded your limit.
Though they are an excellent place to start, no cost hosting will always come with limitations. They can impose a maximum on file sizes and even types. They can give you as little as three pages for your site. Some will only give one. That may work for a personal site, but even a small business would eventually find themselves stifled.
Fully functioning control panels will offer different capabilities. A paid service is going to have more features, maximising the management of email addresses, transferring data, updating everything from blogs to content with a few clicks. You could be given access to multiple domains and subdomains, which can be instrumental as you learn how to build websites. While a standard control panel that comes with a free host will certainly get the job done, any maintenance chores that can be simplified through the control panel should be utilised.
Unfortunately, there is no ‘perfect’ hosting company. Free or otherwise, there’s only the one that suits current needs and future outlook. As you grow, you might find that solution no longer fits the bill. Fortunately, there will always be plenty of great options to keep your site going strong.