Jan 2019: Need to test or host your website???
Website hosting is a new term to most of the people but to narrow it down in a nut shell its the process of putting up a website so that some can view your content online using the url/link http://www.example.com that way anybody anywhere can view your content using any device as long as they have an internet connection.
Therefore, selecting the right web hosting company is vital because it really determines how your website functions, some of the things to consider include the following but not limited to these;
- The price at which they are selling to you the domain name and hosting generally, different companies have different prices for they products.
- Flexibility is key because at some point you might find that you want to migrate your hosting to some other service provider, so for smooth transition your company should be a flexible one and prompt.
- Availability, how available are your service providers incase you need help about your hosting or you have an issue you want sorted.
- Bandwidth provided by your service provider is imprtant, you might be given a small bandwidth yet the traffic on your site is high that will be a problem but when the bandwidth is high you are good to go.
- Disk space provided is vital and just incase you want more space what will happen and at how much to upgrade.
- do they have adverts on your domain space or not
- What type of panel are they using and is it user friendly?
- The number of databases they offer at one instance is important, you might be limited to one yet you have more than one database.
- The number of email accounts that you can create some host limit the number of emails you can have that is the company email e.g. email@example.com
- Does the hosting service support Files sharing? That is important
So with all this said, as an upcoming web designer you need to be able host your website and showcase your content online but if you dont have the money it becomes some sort of a set-back, but behold not any more gladly we have free web hosting service that will help you with this service for free. I have a list of these free web hosting services listed below check them out and maybe you will use one or all of them.
- Infinityfree: In the world of free website hosting, Infinityfree stands out for good reasons. It has a well designed website that makes a positive impression and ticks the right boxes for us. Its homepage gets a C performance grade in our load time test but other than that, it looks pretty solid.
- Freehostia offers a number of different hosting tariffs with outlandish names like Lovebeat, Wildhoney and Supernatural. Its free plan, Chocolate, gives users 250MB disk space, 6GB bandwidth each month, PHP & MySQL compatibility and 3 POP3/IMAP email accounts. Server uptime is guaranteed at 99.9% and 24/7 user support is provided should any problems arise.
- 5GBfree: As you would expect, 5GBfree provides 5GB of free hosting space to users along with 20GB of monthly bandwidth, 3 MySQL Databases and PHP scripting.
- Freehosting.com: Of the free hosting providers convered in this article, Freehosting.com is the biggest hitter in terms of bandwidth since it's unlimited, and you just need to make sure you follow their Fair Use Policy. The service also includes 10GB of server space and one email account. For users without a domain name, free subdomains are also offered, such as freesubdomain.freehosting.com.
- Byethost is part of Byet Internet, a US-based provider of hosting, domain name and reseller services. With more than one million websites hosted, It claims that its free hosting service is, "one of the most powerful networks dedicated solely to free hosting in the world."
- Awardspace: For businesses that want free hosting with green credentials, Awardspace provides a solution. It offers CO2-neutral hosting with all of its servers running on wind-generated electricity. Its free plan provides 1GB of storage (a 15MB upload file size limit), 5GB of bandwidth per month and up to five MySQL databases. One associated email account is also included.
- FreeHostingEU is a joint project set up and run by FreeDomain.co.nr and AttractSoft GmbH. Yes, Germans are at the forefront of free web hosting in Europe. Three hosting tariffs are offered - two paid and one free.
- U Host Full: For businesses that are looking for hosting that is quick and simple to setup, U Host Full promises the ability to setup a site within five minutes.It also provides a host on one-click installers for platforms including Wordpress, Joomla, phpBB, Mambo, osCommerce and Zen Cart.
- Free Hosting No Adss: All of the free hosting options included in this article are ad-free, with revenue generated by other means. Free Hosting No Ads celebrates this more than others, but still offers a solid free hosting deal with 1GB of disk space.
- Free Virtual Servers is another free web hosting platform with an impressively straight-talking name. Signing up to the free web hosting service will get you a decent amount of server space - 100MB - which should be enough unless you have a very image-heavy site, and most of the usual features we've come to expect from free web hosting services. Bandwidth is a bit on the tight side, however, with just 200MB, which is enough for small, simple websites, but if your site starts getting popular, you may have to think about upgrading.
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compiled by the Technical department and referenced from TechRadar