1. Free Hosted Blog can die at any time
The hosting providers can end their free service at any time. They will inform you before ending their service as per the terms & policies, but what is the use of it?
You should move all content to a new server. Also, remember if they close only new registrations and keep their already hosted domains, you can redirect your links to your new domain. If they completely stop their service, you will not be able to redirect your old links. As a result, all your old links will be dead.
A great example of this:
Yahoo Geo cities shut their services in April 2009. They said new registrations would not be accepted, but old domains would remain functional. Upgrading to Yahoo’s paid hosting was recommended. Unfortunately, Yahoo later asked to transfer all data before the deadline (October 26, 2009) and said GeoCities was being deleted and not decommissioned!
You may ask what this means.
Let me tell you.
This means any data, whether personally backed up by its owners or readers, will not be recoverable. Ever.
2. You can’t sell your free hosted blog
It’s hard to digest the truth. And the truth here, my friends, is that your free hosted blog is NOT YOUR property. For example, read the terms and conditions of Blog spot. It states that you can’t sell, share, and transfer your Blog spot blog to any other person.
“No Resale of the Service. Unless expressly authorized in writing by Google, you agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes (a) any portion of the Service, (b) use of the Service, or (c) access to the Service.”
You may sell your blog secretly to someone. But if Blog spot identifies it, your blog will be shut and will also be removed from the search engine index.
3. There is no safety
I don’t say this to threaten you over and over again. I say this from experience and knowledge. Free hosting service providers can’t spend much on security issues.
I remember a company (2ip) which offered free hosting services. Hundreds and thousands of users started their blog on it. But their servers were soon hacked by hacking experts. I have their email which they sent me a few days after the hack. In the mail, they stated that they couldn’t get back the data, and asked me to contact Hostgator if I had a backup.
4. There is no control over server resources for you
All free hosting companies offer limited resources in terms of disk space and bandwidth. As I mentioned earlier, this type of hosting are idle for testing purposes, but not for hosting a serious website.
Even a slight spike of traffic will bring your WordPress site down as the resources you get are limited.
I did my best to curate this list by finding only those free web host which exist for years and you can rely on them for testing. However, you must know that they can close their service at any time or change it to a paid model. So, just use them as long as you are testing and when you are ready, you can consider getting one of the cheap WordPress hostings which cost around $3-4/month only.
A good one is Bluehost that offers a free domain, which means you save an extra $12 every year. They also offer free SSL which is a must-have in today’s time.
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