What is Free Hosting?
An interesting question from a philosophical perspective... Free
hosting is a service provided by companies for either financial gain
or as something they are doing out of the goodness of their hearts.
Most are obviously for financial gain. The typical arrangement for
free hosting is that you are given space for storing your content,
and in return you agree to allow advertisements sold by the service
company to be displayed on your pages. So, is this in fact free?
No, it is really a barter arrangement, but for many of you, it is
better than actually laying out cold cash.
Is Free Hosting For Me?
Before setting up your digs at one of these sites and telling the world,
consider the following:
Read the Service Terms & Agreement carefully to
make certain there is nothing in there you don't care for.
Visit some sites located on their servers, and get an idea
of who their advertisers are. In otherwords, look for obvious
conflicts of interest.
As your are bouncing around their server(s), how is the response
Be certain that your content is acceptable to them, after all
this has to be a mutually workable arrangement.
Have a look at their support pages to get an idea of what it
will be like to set your site up. Well written FAQs and
support documentation will make your life easier- (and mine
if you write me for help!)
For a good many people out there, especially those of you new to the
web, these services can provide you exactly what you are looking for:
a presence on the Internet without you having to make a cash investment
on server space.
How Were Services Selected for This List?
Well, nobody has dropped a large bag of unmarked, small denomination cash
at my door as of yet. You, my readers are my homesteading pioneers.
Hosting services are welcome to write me to be considered. Here is what
I do before recommending a service:
I read the service agreement, rules, etc. to make sure I do not
have to donate my first born, male child at some point. Another way to
look at it is I want to make sure I am not sacraficing ownership of my
After reading whatever support material is around, I then establish
a test site.
Once the account is activated, I put the server through its paces.
I check for a robust work environment.
I compare my experience against what I am accustomed to working
with at full service sites.
To make the list, I have to be satisfied that the way the server is
implemented is pretty close to what you get at a hosting company that
would charge you. After all, you most likely will be donating part of
your page for display of their sponser's advertisements.