How to Choose a Free Web Hosting Service | PCMag.com

Publicado: 04/03/2014 en Noticias TI

In this day of Internet hyper-connectivity, every business, especially small businesses, should have some kind of a Web presence. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but there should be some basic information available online, such as the business’ address, phone number, and hours of operation. But perhaps the SMB budget doesn’t include a Web host, or a website developer. The good news is that there are some free web hosting services that are viable options for SMBs.

In some cases, the hosts offer a subset of their services for free, and allow you to upgrade to a paid plan as your business needs grow. In other cases, the host may offer free hosting but make money by displaying ads on your site. Some even require users to meet minimum traffic requirements or to post a certain number of times in a forum in order to keep the site active. When evaluating free web hosting services, pay attention to what the company means by “free” and make sure it matches with your requirements.

Worried that you may not know much CSS or HTML to make an attractive site? Not a problem. Most web hosting services, even the free ones, generally offer extensive templates or a site builder tool to make it easy to build out your website. If you know some HTML, CSS, or even Javascript, many of the hosts will let you tweak the templates to customize them, as well. Perhaps you are just interested in setting up a blog so that you can regularly post images and stories, but you need something a little bit more extensive than Tumblr. If you need just a blog, a pure blogging platform may be sufficient; otherwise, look for a host where you can install different applications.

One of the drawbacks of a free web service is the fact that you may not have a lot of control over your domain name. It’s similar to how free email addresses mean you have to use the provider’s domain (gmail.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com, etc). A handful of web hosting providers allow you to use your domains, but most of them require you to sign up for a paid plan. An option is to register your domain with a domain registrar and then forward it to your free site. There are some limitations to free web hosting, though —many do not automatically backup your files. Make sure to keep up-to-date backups somewhere else in case something goes wrong. If you need a bit more control over your site or more advanced tools, you may want to look at paid web hosting. For the basics, though, these services will get you up and online.

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