Get Paid to Participate - up to $1 per post!     Twitter     Facebook     Google+
Hosting Discussion
 

Hosting Discussion > Web Hosting Forums > Web Hosting Discussion > Paid hosting and free hosting
forgot password?



Reply


Old
  Post #16 (permalink)   01-01-2014, 08:51 AM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 46

Status: Kingfish85 is offline
I've seen this year after year - start up companies look to get big by offering free hosting, or a free "tier" which only comes back to bite them in the @ss.

"Free" is a haven for the:

spammers
abusers
phishing sites
malicious content
pirated content
illegal content

the list goes on.

----

In the end, "free" isn't really worth it. There's very few companies out there that have made offering free hosting a success; the others fail miserably at it.

Most start off with the idea of getting thousands of free users, then converting them to paid down the road however, it never works that way.

We acquired a company about a year and a half ago that had free and paid hosting. The paid hosting customers were great - business websites, web designers etc. The company also had a free hosting plan, that was housed on a separate server. That server was literally full of crap; porn, phishing sites, stolen content etc.

----

At the end of the day, if paid hosting is too expensive, maybe having a website/hosting account shouldn't be the first priority. The average good quality web host only charges are few bucks over the course of a month for a hosting plan, usually less than the cost of a sandwich.
 
 


Old
  Post #17 (permalink)   01-01-2014, 11:20 AM
HD Wizard
 
easyhostmedia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northumberland, UK
Posts: 4,988
Send a message via MSN to easyhostmedia

Status: easyhostmedia is offline
I agree. we also took over a small host that offered free and paid plans. After we took it over we messaged all those on the free plans that were we no longer offering free plans, so they would be moved to a 1 a month plan and out of the 600 that were on these plans only 4 stayed and transferred to the paid plans, these 4 are still with us and are paying now 6 a month as they moved to higher plans.
__________________
Terry Robertson - CEO The Easyhost Media Group
Niceday Hosting - Affordable Hosting
PowerSSL - - We Secure your World
The Scamlist Forum - Fighting against scammers
 
 
 


Old
  Post #18 (permalink)   01-01-2014, 03:36 PM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 36

Status: stgeorgehosting is offline
One comment though.
Do not ever go to the free hosting unless you carefully read their terms of use.
Some of them put a lot of dangerous stuff in there.

Hope this help

Thanks
 
 
 


Old
  Post #19 (permalink)   01-01-2014, 03:45 PM
HD Wizard
 
easyhostmedia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northumberland, UK
Posts: 4,988
Send a message via MSN to easyhostmedia

Status: easyhostmedia is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by stgeorgehosting View Post
One comment though.
Do not ever go to the free hosting unless you carefully read their terms of use.
Some of them put a lot of dangerous stuff in there.

Hope this help

Thanks
It is not the host that puts dangerous stuff on there, it is clients that think a hosts TOS never applies to them, so they place dangerous stuff on the server and if they get kicked off they just goto another host
__________________
Terry Robertson - CEO The Easyhost Media Group
Niceday Hosting - Affordable Hosting
PowerSSL - - We Secure your World
The Scamlist Forum - Fighting against scammers
 
 
 
The Following User Says Thank You to easyhostmedia For This Useful Post:
romes (01-01-2014)


Old
  Post #20 (permalink)   01-01-2014, 03:52 PM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 17

Status: Andys777 is offline
Only paid!
__________________
www.WebhostingsReviewed.com - Compare Web Hosting Providers
 
 
 


Old
  Post #21 (permalink)   01-01-2014, 08:01 PM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 46

Status: Kingfish85 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by easyhostmedia View Post
I agree. we also took over a small host that offered free and paid plans. After we took it over we messaged all those on the free plans that were we no longer offering free plans, so they would be moved to a 1 a month plan and out of the 600 that were on these plans only 4 stayed and transferred to the paid plans, these 4 are still with us and are paying now 6 a month as they moved to higher plans.
Same boat. I think maybe 1 or 2 of them actually went with a paid plan. The rest never answered emails about changing servers, were found in violation of TOS, fake/fraudulent customer info etc. Absolute nightmare.
 
 
 


Old
  Post #22 (permalink)   01-13-2014, 01:35 PM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Posts: 23

Status: hostyhosty is offline
Sorry but I tend to disagree with the few on this thread about free hosting, some people cannot afford paid web hosting, and in 2014 we sadly find the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

I don't think it's right to segregate people just because of their financial circumstances.

That is why [some companies] offer a free package for those who are maybe not able to afford a paid package right now but could afford it in a few months or so or whenever they are able to.

A free customer is just as good as a paid customer, it's better than no customers at all and the way I look at it is, they have chosen [that] firm for their hosting needs whether it is free or paid.

I think this is more the correct attitude to take when it comes to dealing with new and potential customers.

MOD NOTE: Edited for promotional talk.
 
 
 
The Following User Says Thank You to hostyhosty For This Useful Post:
Sister (01-14-2014)


Old
  Post #23 (permalink)   01-13-2014, 04:35 PM
HD Amateur
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 78
Send a message via Skype™ to rowebca

Status: rowebca is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by hostyhosy View Post
Sorry but I tend to disagree with the few on this thread about free hosting, some people cannot afford paid web hosting, and in 2014 we sadly find the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
I don't think it's right to segregate people just because of their financial circumstances.

But they have money for smartphones, for laptops etc, parties, drinks, smoking etc. Why somebody who doesn't have money needs a website? In my opinion people who are working they can afford, and people without money they don't really have time to have a website. Most of the customers for free web hosting are just kids (from good families with money) or abusers. No disrespect, but the person who is crying that they don't have money have more money than the real people without money who are not crying...

I have seen many things in my life about this, believe me...and every time people with money are crying for more....


Regards
__________________
Rowebca Hosting Just For You
 
 
 


Old
  Post #24 (permalink)   01-13-2014, 05:17 PM
HD Wizard
 
easyhostmedia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northumberland, UK
Posts: 4,988
Send a message via MSN to easyhostmedia

Status: easyhostmedia is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by rowebca View Post
But they have money for smartphones, for laptops etc, parties, drinks, smoking etc. Why somebody who doesn't have money needs a website? In my opinion people who are working they can afford, and people without money they don't really have time to have a website. Most of the customers for free web hosting are just kids (from good families with money) or abusers. No disrespect, but the person who is crying that they don't have money have more money than the real people without money who are not crying...

I have seen many things in my life about this, believe me...and every time people with money are crying for more....


Regards
I 100% agree. Here in the UK if you dont work you get benefit, but you see these unemployed with the latest smartphone, 2000inch latest flatscreen TV, latest flash vehicle, latest xbox, latest designer clothes and smoking 200 cigs a day.
yet working people cant afford half as much as those that dont work
__________________
Terry Robertson - CEO The Easyhost Media Group
Niceday Hosting - Affordable Hosting
PowerSSL - - We Secure your World
The Scamlist Forum - Fighting against scammers
 
 
 


Old
  Post #25 (permalink)   01-14-2014, 05:55 AM
HD Amateur
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 69

Status: Sister is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by rowebca View Post
I just saw your website and I was really surprised...in a good way...Good luck!
Bless you!


Quote:
Originally Posted by Alex - Ezpz View Post
I think he meant generally. Most free hosting providers don't have a daily signup limit.
Yeah, I know. I was giving an exception to the general rule.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post
"Free" is a haven for the:

spammers
abusers
phishing sites
malicious content
pirated content
illegal content

the list goes on.
And all their sins will be forgiven. Bless them!
 
 
 


Old
  Post #26 (permalink)   01-14-2014, 05:58 AM
HD Community Advisor
 
ughosting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: London
Posts: 607

Status: ughosting is offline
Webhosting is a business.

If you give away free accounts, you are giving away your servers resources for free.

It's difficult to convert someone from a free account to a paid account especially if you give good service. (we know, we tried for years when we did this).

So now you have a server with some free accounts.
To offset the cost of the free account you need more paid accounts than otherwise.

Now you have a server with alot more accounts on it than would have been necessary otherwise.
This server doesn't perform as well as it would have otherwise.

Free services are bad for business, and you do attract the wrong sort of tenants, don't try to persuade me otherwise we've rarely had to kick paying customers off the servers, but many free riders don't care whether they are good tenants or not, and make nuisance for others. We had to kick people off daily.

If you offer free accounts, don't share a server with paid customers. Subsidize one server from your profits and keep them separate, or risk losing the customers you have.

If your customer is not paying you, how do you REALLY know who they are? How can they be held responsible?

If you are giving free accounts away on your reseller account then it's only a matter of time until you lose favor with your host.

Don't get me wrong we offer free hosting to charities and various worthwhile organisations. But we'll never do it again for the public.

This isn't theory, it's experience.
If you are giving away free hosting then I hope you have a better experience than we did for the 4 years we did it.
__________________
DDoS Protected, LiteSpeed + LiteMage on CloudLinux with SSD Disks, R1Soft, Softaculous, SIteBuilder, BitNinja, LetsEncypt & Patchman
UnixGuru: Accounts with 1-16 CPU Cores, 2-32GB RAM. Why use a VPS?
█ Choose from Shared, Reseller and Elastic-Sites Hosting
 
 


Old
  Post #27 (permalink)   01-16-2014, 02:55 AM
HD Amateur
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 67

Status: alex0 is offline
Free Web Hosting is normally not backed up with good tech support. Also chances are a lot of unwanted ads may pop up on your website which you do not want. As likely said above, some companies offer free web hosting for a month or so in order to build a client base. But all said and done paid web hosting is definitely better if you are wanting to host a business website. You cannot afford to risk your business in order to save a couple of dollars on web hosting.
__________________
Hostpaedia - Affordable, Reliable & Secure Web Hosting
Web Hosting : Host Unlimited Websites, cPanel, Softaculous, Servers in USA and Germany
Reseller Hosting : cPanel, Softaculous
VPS Hosting : KVM VPS powered by Virtualizor
 
 
 


Old
  Post #28 (permalink)   01-23-2014, 07:26 AM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 35

Status: And|newHOST.ro is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2funhosting View Post
Business websites should never consider free hosting for some reasons. Free hosting are over crowded and it takes more time to load. In free hosting you do not need to pay and you have to spend only reasonable cost in paid hosting. Paid hosting always provide 24/7 customer support but you don't get no support from host.

Considering this discussion I definitely prefer paid hosting.
Most of the free hosting plans will probably cause you problems (maybe no support, maybe the server is crowded, etc). However, some of the free hosting offers may be used by a providet as a way to promote his services. Get a small plan for free, test it and when you'll need more resources and you are happy you will have to upgrade to a higher plan that is not for free anymore. And if this is the case, even if it is free you will benefit of good service quality. A good promotion idea if you think about it.
 
 


Old
  Post #29 (permalink)   03-21-2014, 04:26 AM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Sri Lanka
Posts: 43

Status: dreamtera is offline
Ya, I agree with you.

Paid Hosting is mostly best. If you choose the right company.

Free Hosting is anyway good for testing and beginners or learning purposes and for freebies..
 
 
 


Old
  Post #30 (permalink)   03-21-2014, 12:20 PM
Account Disabled
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 969

Status: Collabora is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by dreamtera View Post
Ya, I agree with you.

Paid Hosting is mostly best. If you choose the right company.

Free Hosting is anyway good for testing and beginners or learning purposes and for freebies..
Thanks for letting us know that nothing has changed since December
 
 
 
Reply
Previous Thread Next Thread


Thread Tools

New Post New Post   Old Post Old Post
Posting Rules:
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Sponsored By: