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  Post #1 (permalink)   12-19-2013, 10:00 AM
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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.
 
 
 


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  Post #2 (permalink)   12-19-2013, 04:47 PM
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However, free hosting could be an entry way for potential customers to convert to a paid hosting plan offered by the company.

From a client's perspective (especially if they don't require that much from a hosting company), free hosting could be useful to them.

It all depends on the needs and wants of the client
 
 
 


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However, free hosting could be an entry way for potential customers to convert to a paid hosting plan offered by the company.
Free webhosting is just an entry for abusers. If you really want reliable services you have to go after paid webhosting. Simple no?


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Free webhosting is just an entry for abusers. If you really want reliable services you have to go after paid webhosting. Simple no?


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Abusive users are a given when anything free is offered.

Also I am aware that paid services are much more reliable than free hosting. What I am saying is that free hosting could potentially be an option to consider for those looking to advertise their paid options (or at least some kind of trial system).
 
 
 


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If you have a good system in place to weed out abusive users, then free hosting could be a money maker. Offering good free plans with the option for paid ones is a good idea. Also, having your companies ad or google adsense code on the free sites either at the top or the bottom is good for earning cash too.
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If you have a good system in place to weed out abusive users, then free hosting could be a money maker. Offering good free plans with the option for paid ones is a good idea. Also, having your companies ad or google adsense code on the free sites either at the top or the bottom is good for earning cash too.
Not true. You'll spend too much time creating layers of security, reading logs, responding to complains. It is a waste of time, I am telling you from my experience, having high standards for security that many paid web hosting services don't have. From 100 orders just 2-3 orders are legit and most of those 2-3 will stay inactive until will be removed. If you have too much time or extra money do free web hosting for fun. Do not believe what you read over the Internet regrading how much money a free web hosting company is doing.


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Like anything, free hosting will require a lot of work. It's not a get rich scheme people believe it to be. There are many ways to limit abusive users, one way is to charge a one-time fee of $1 to get the free hosting. Majority of abusers won't even bother paying the $1 as it's too much work and you lose a $1. But, someone seriously looking for a quality free hosting company will pay the one-time fee.

I've used to do free hosting way, and I mean way back in the day and it was decent in earnings. I made people pay by posting in a forum and that is how I started my paid hosting company. I never really had a problem with abusive users because people had to pay something in order to use the service. Either a fee or forum post but people did it because they wanted the quality service and those wanting to abuse the service did not want to go through the trouble.

But, for a free host to even begin to make some cash you will need a few hundred free clients.
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Like anything, free hosting will require a lot of work. It's not a get rich scheme people believe it to be. There are many ways to limit abusive users, one way is to charge a one-time fee of $1 to get the free hosting. Majority of abusers won't even bother paying the $1 as it's too much work and you lose a $1. But, someone seriously looking for a quality free hosting company will pay the one-time fee.
You are not talking about the subject, I am talking about FREE webhosting.



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I've used to do free hosting way, and I mean way back in the day and it was decent in earnings. I made people pay by posting in a forum and that is how I started my paid hosting company.
Please, I am not a believer, for sure you had other resources. More users you have you need more resources I mean money, time etc. Most of the free web hosting services are using garbage platforms, run buy "kids", not real pro. They don't now nothing about security that's why we have spam and abusers. In my opinion, if free webhosting doesn't exist, of free emails Internet will be more safe.
I did security (webservers) for more than 15 years (the time when wasn't cPanel) and believe me it is enough 2 minutes to make all your work of 15+ years equal with 0. Security of a server is not a joke, or just in Windows clicking next, next and finish, and is done. But it will be a lot of action in free webhosting , that was the part that I liked it.

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I never really had a problem with abusive users because people had to pay something in order to use the service.
I don't believe you. (I lived 18 years in communism, I learned to trust no one ).

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But, for a free host to even begin to make some cash you will need a few hundred free clients.
Not true again, I ran 8000+ users and I did like a few hundreds / month, the work was crazy, not worth it ....

Do not do FREE webhosting, it is a waste of time and money.

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Yes, I know it's hard work, I ran a paid web host for 5-6 years and I started out as a free host. I had about 200-300 free users and about 35+ turned into paying customers and around that point that is when I stayed with paid hosting and stopped with the free hosting. I was a free host for a year, started when I was 13-14, I'm 24 now.

I never said I didn't have abusive users, I just said I didn't have that much trouble. People who abuse free hosts don't abuse them when they have to go through an extra barrier to do it.

Also, how were you only making a few hundred $ off of 8k users? No offense, but you were not monetizing your users like you could have. Lets say each of your 8k users got a minimum of 500 visitors per month. At minimum, that is 4,000,000 unique views per month. Sell ad spots to advertisers should have been easy.
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Free is used for testing and paid is made for making money (business) thats how i see it
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Paid hosting is much better than the free.
Because, free host goes down anytime.
Support is better on paid hosting.
Paid hosting is reliable than free.

So, I vouch for the paid hosting.
 
 
 


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Paid hosting is always the way to go. Free hosting unless marketed and properly maintained will never make you money. Free hosting requires a whole lot more work than paid hosting and comes with more risk.
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Free hosting are over crowded and it takes more time to load.
Not necessarily. We limit our free hosting to 1 new signup per day to prevent overcrowding.
 
 
 


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Not necessarily. We limit our free hosting to 1 new signup per day to prevent overcrowding.
I just saw your website and I was really surprised...in a good way...Good luck!
My experience is telling me that it is coming a day when you have to close it (free webhosting).


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Not necessarily. We limit our free hosting to 1 new signup per day to prevent overcrowding.
I think he meant generally. Most free hosting providers don't have a daily signup limit.
 
 
 
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