One of the biggest challenges faced by newbies is hosting their newly developed websites.
So what is Web Hosting ?
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web.
Web Hosting can be of two types:
- Free Web Hosting
Free Web Hosting
PROS OF FREE WEB HOSTING :
- The primary advantage of free web hosting company for a novice like you is, you can learn all the basic intricacies of launching a website and what facilities you should get when you change over to paid web hosting companies. You get enough server space to do all your online experiments and the best thing is you do not have to pay for it.
- Free web hosting is also useful for organizations that run on non profit scheme as they can easily use their website for posting information and updates and for communicating with the people who wish to participate in their activities.
CONS OF FREE WEB HOSTING :
- Limited web page space
- Can't add interactive features (chat rooms, message boards, games, online ordering etc.)
- Long and hard-to-remember web address (instead of yourdomain.com)
- No guarantees of site availability and longevity
- No branded emails addresses (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Poor help and support options (if any)
- May not be free forever
If you are building a personal website or for some learning purpose or charity then the facilities given by free hosting websites are quite good enough.
Paid Web Hosting
PROS OF PAID WEB HOSTING :
- Easy to remember website address (yourdomain.com)
- No banners or popups
- Easier to get listed in search engines (Google, Yahoo etc.)
- You have more control over the look and feel of your website.
- Multiple branded email addresses (email@example.com)
- Plenty of web page space for site expansion
- No worries of site being removed unexpectedly
- Looks more professional
- More flexibility for design and functionality
- Help is readily available
You need cash every month to pay for it :D
Paid Web Hosting is ideal for all types of commercial websites which will have high traffic.