Why Free Web Hosting is a Bad Idea

First of all, you don’t get to pick your domain name. That means instead of using BusinessName.com as your web URL, it will be BusinessName.blogspot.com (for example). That will be a lot harder for your customers to remember. Another problem with not having your own URL is that it gives the appearance that you are an amateur and aren’t really serious about your business. In addition, if you want to set up a personal site you won’t be able to name the site after your own name.

Another problem with using free web hosting for your site is that you are limited with the design options you have. You will only have a few design options and a few colors that you can pick from. That means that your website is going to look just like everyone else’s.

With your own site you will have hundreds of different options to style your sight. You set the look and feel and decide if you want to have your own ads that make you money via adsense. Commonly, with free web hosting you must host their ads.  That is typically the deal, you get free hosting and they get to splash your webpage with ads that they generate revenue from. What if you don’t even want ads on your page?

If you are just starting out and you aren’t sure if your business is going to be around for the long-term, it may be OK to start with free web hosting until you are sure. However, if you are building a site with the intent of truly building a business, it is a much better idea to go with the self-hosted option. If fact, if you want to start a business but don’t know what to sell use Site Build It to make your information on a particular topic sell. It is the best starting place for the newer e-commerce person.

Finally, what is terrible about free hosting is the obligation to the client. There have been stories of people that have setup their webpage with free hosting solutions only to lose everything in a moments notice when the owner decides they no longer want to be a provider of free web hosting. The risk of losing it all is much higher when the provider isn’t getting any compensation in return for their providence. For this reason, I most highly suggest paid hosting for your hosting solutions. Don’t forget to check out Speedy-Joe’s for an industry low of $2.99/month for web hosting.

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