Free Web Hosting Sites For Your Business

For a first-time user, paid web hosting may seem unnecessary when a simple internet search pulls up free hosting alternatives running into the 1000s. Of course if you look deeper into the offers, then obvious differences appear: free web hosting comes at a price (pun intended) in that disk space, bandwidth and services will be less than paid for sites, and often advertising (which is how the service can be offered free) may seem out of place, or worse still, over the top.

For the professional or business website, paying a nominal monthly or annual charge through hosting companies (a lot of whom offer free trial periods, or upgrades from free service start-ups) will be the way to go. In the following list of hosts, many offer a “try before you buy” business plan, and this is a good reason to use a free hosting service in the short-term.

But for individuals, or small businesses or groups that do not have a problem with advertising and only need a limited number of website options, then free (and limited) web hosting is a suitable choice.

Please Note:

Do always read the Terms and FAQs: offers and services can alter at the stroke of a keyboard button!

Bandwidth is used each time a visitor views your site’s content: a 1 MB file uses 1 MB of bandwidth each time the file is viewed.

Web Storage/Web Space/Online Disk Space is just like your own computer’s hard drive: there’s only so much space. More space means more room for site content like pictures, videos, and documents.

10 Web Hosts with Free Services

Yola

Offering website hosting and design with a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) tool, as well as controlled advertising, Yola makes website creation simple. Small business and solo users will be able to build on their original sites with paid-for add-ons when the situation arises, and new web users have a library of free designs to choose from, as well as paid-for premium themes. A good starter choice for new starters, especially with the options for growth.

Webs

Yes, that’s their name (perhaps “Internets” was taken?). With a point-and-click (WYSIWIG again!) site builder, this web host and design site offers plenty to the most un-technical among us. They offer a Mobile Website App to give people visiting your site from a Smartphone a mobile-friendly experience. Services include domain name – and the option to transfer, email, 40 MB Web Space and 100 MB Bandwidth on their free option.

www.gbbo.co.uk (Getting British Business Online)

Getting British Business Online is a joint initiative from Google, Enterprise UK, BT, e-skills UK and many other partners to help small businesses create their first website and understand the opportunities offered by the Internet. Their website proudly proclaims that users can create a website for their business in 20 minutes. A WYSIWYG tool means, like many other free hosting sites, technical knowledge of the web is not needed. As well as the customisable website, users will receive a.co.uk address, regular updates, and a business email.

FreeServers

With over 4 million websites under their belt, this web hosting provider has the age and experience that means a lot of the kinks of web hosting services have been ironed out. With similarities to 50megs (see below), this established service offers 50MB Web Space and 1 GB Monthly bandwidth, and is supported by (some may say heavy) advertising.

FreeHostia

From their busy (and pretty) website, this web hosting company offers a free service with 250 MB Web Space, 6 GB Monthly Bandwidth and 3 emails. Offering both Joomla and WordPress templates for the blogging side of your site, this service has one-click set-up, 24/7 Customer Support, and is bannerless – good news if you don’t like advertisements.

FortuneCity

Like many other hosts on the list, FortuneCity has a free service that will be enough for some users, and an affordable option that would do for most. The free service has 1 GB Web Space and Unlimited Monthly bandwidth, as well as their own blogging tool. Having been around since 1997, they are well-used, well-tested, and well-known, and upgrading to their Affordable package means users may cut out advertising.

Bravenet

Ad-supported free hosting, and plenty of scope with premium paid-for packages, this Web Host offers multi-domain hosting, 5 MB Web Space and 1.5 GB Monthly Bandwidth. Bravenet has a number of options available if the free service satisfies but you still want more, and is a well-known name in the industry.

AwardSpace

Offering a free service with 250 MB Web Space and 5 GB Monthly bandwidth, this free web host has some impressive numbers. They are also upfront about the limitations of their free service, which includes a limit on outgoing emails, file sizes, and no site builder. However, for the smaller website this host is an excellent option.

Agility Hoster

A free web hosting service, with the option to upgrade to paid personal or business plans, which is another good example of a suitable candidate for polished personal websites and small businesses. Their service includes two domains, 200 MB Web Space and 5 GB Monthly bandwidth, numbers that are not uncommon on paid hosting sites.

50megs

There may be a lot of ad placement at 50megs, but that hasn’t stopped the web hosting company offering its services since 1995, and they have had plenty of satisfied customers! As well as their own website templates, users can copy pre-existing sites over to the service. Anyone doing a web search (and others have commented, too) will notice that 50megs and FreeServers both have websites and services that are (ahem!) alike… with 50MB Web Space and 1 GB Monthly bandwidth.

How Can I Install WordPress on My IX Web Hosting Site?

Blogs are the biggest thing today on the web. Thousands of new blogs are being created every couple of seconds and it doesn’t looked to be slowing down. It doesn’t matter if it is for journaling, a way to write down your thoughts, a place to vent your opinions, or a way to earn an income through selling ads and affiliate products, blogs are the next generation website.

Hosting a blog is much like that of a regular website. The problem with it is the initial installation onto your host’s server. A lot of hosting companies, like IX Web Hosting, have been working hard to make sure that this new technology is made easier for their customers.

Installing WordPress, or even Joomla, use to have to done manually. This means getting your FTP client going and installing the files. This was very time consuming. After the installation went through then you began the process of configuring it to your host’s specs so it would run on the server. A lot of people have problems with this part and usually have to hire someone to do it for them.

Today, installing WordPress, another type of content management system provided by a web hosting service, is as simply as clicking a button on the control panel of your hosting account. That is quite a change from just a year ago, but it has made it a lot easier to create several new sites a day. For affiliate, and content marketers, this is invaluable and saves them a lot of time.

A hosting company like IX WebHosting know that being able to offer special abilities like this will help them do business better, causing them to stay with that hosting company longer. As they continue to work on the installation process, there are still some things that you should do for your WordPress powered site.

Change Theme

As quickly as you can, you should customize the new blog pages with your own theme. This can be a free one you found somewhere, or one you paid to have made for you. It is quite easy to install a theme. Start your FTP client and find the file that holds the theme on your computer. Upload it to the themes folder in the wp-content folder of your blog file. Once it is uploaded then you go into your blog control panel and navigate to the change theme area. Click on the new theme and it is done. That’s it. You just changed the entire look of your whole site.

Change Header

Out of everything you should do with your new WordPress blog, changing the header is going to be hardest thing to do. Again, hosting companies, like IX WebHosting, have made it easy for you to do this by actually going into your files and being able to change things on the fly for instant results. Upload your new header graphic with FTP, and then change the file in your WordPress interface. Easy.

Installing a WordPress blog platform has been made easy with great hosting companies.

Use WordPress Cloning To Move Web Hosts, Sell A Business In A Box, Or Sell Your Entire Site

When you’re talking about cloning a site or backing it up or restoring it, it sounds kind of boring but it’s actually a very exciting once you imagine the possibilities. You can move your site from one host to another so that someone’s business in a box or sell your site for a quick buck.

What does it mean to move your site from one host to another? It means that maybe you have the same website, the same.com domain name but you’re moving from one provider to another. Maybe one is cheaper. Maybe one provides you with more space or it’s faster or better services.

If you back up your WordPress site and then move to a new web host and restore that WordPress site, you have an exact copy of it now. What’s great is that you might be moving your site from one web host to another or someone may be paying you even $100 or several hundred dollars to do the moving for them and all it takes is backing up your site, going to somewhere new and restoring it in the new location.

A great opportunity for WordPress users is this thing called a developer’s license. What this means is that you pay a little bit extra to plugin owners to theme developers for a developer’s license which means that you can use their theme and plugin on your site. You can’t sell that theme or plugin but you can set it up on someone else’s new site.

What if you bought a $300 theme? If you bought several $100 premium plugins and configured WordPress in an exact way that got people to read it, looks great and made sales then someone could pay you something like $100 or $500 for you to not sell them the plugin or the theme but to set it up to install it on this additional new site. You’re not selling any kind of content, not doing any kind of resell rights, you’re simply setting up your exact WordPress configuration in this way that the developer’s license allows you to. This is a business in a box.

Finally, something I’ve been saying more and more of is if someone is selling a site, the site on a domain name with a.com name alone is not going to make a lot of money. If you just say, “I’ve got this web address for sale, that’s not all of the money.” But if that property has been developed, if it contains subscribers, traffic and content now that site can sell for a lot more especially if you can show that the site makes a certain amount of monthly income.

You could offer someone on a site such as SitePoint or Flippa, I will sell you this site with the blog, with all the content. I will move the site and I will no longer have a copy but I will also install it for you and all it takes is you sell the site and you back it up, go to their new site and restore and now the site has been moved over for them.