Let’s discuss free hosting.
It’s possible to encounter numerous myths closely connected with free web hosting. I think that it’s high time to discuss some of them to understand whether we can find something rational there or not.
I know that you’ve heard something like this: “A good free hosting is exactly that hosting with the support of various user scripts.” OK, let’s listen to the typical argument supporting this point of view. According to this opinion one of the main differences between free hosting and paid hosting is that there’s an evident inability to run one’s own scripts such as SSI, PHP, CGI, ASP, and others on free hosting servers, while paid hosting servers are able to provide this desirable option. However, there are such free hosters allowing running users’ own scripts and obviously, it’s clear that such kind of hosting is a big step forward in relation to the general tendency of using free hosting.
In fact, the situation is far from being as good as one might think to my great regret of course. The matter is that you should realize that paid and free hosters have got quite different possibilities. So when somebody wants to extract something worthy from using this or that available variant then it’s necessary to take into consideration several objective factors. Therefore, it is logical to assume that the overall level of services offered by different free hosting providers is supposed to be relatively equal in most cases. And this is true, except for that variant of free hosting supporting the user’s own scripts. The most surprising thing is that this variant is significantly worse than any other free hosting service. My words are entirely serious in this case.
The fact is that in addition to those ordinary free hosters and those supporting different custom scripts we should also take into consideration such things as stability of servers, availability of your website for 24 hours a day, FTP protocol, support service. By the way what about methods of inserting your advertising page on this free hosting? The main thing is that those free hosters supporting scripts fail to satisfy all those demands mentioned above to compare with free hosters deprived of such a luxurious feature as script support.
And I should say that in this case there are not any mysterious features. The matter is that free hosters always have to sacrifice something to survive. And this “super free” hoster also has to sacrifice something especially those things which a standard free hoster is likely to leave for your needs. The main idea is that if you need scripts then you’d better use a real paid hosting service. Thus you’ll be deprived of a possible headache. I think it’s clear and it’s high time for us to finish this discussion.
The majority of people assume that the choice of the best web hosting starts from reading the reviews. Well, the idea is good, but you can have very big problems if you follow this idea.