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There are many services that claim to give “free” web hosting. Many of these will only be free for a while, or insert ads or nasty malware into your site. Others will give you a totally free experience but will only offer you a website builder interface, and no cpanel, ssh or ftp. For people like me, who need a fully customizable website (with options for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla CMS) that costs barely anything. I paid £4 (~$6) for a year of my domain “philtower.co.uk” then decided to find a free web hosting solution. First I tried 000webhost, which seemed like a very good choice until I wanted to create an extra FTP account, and when I had two days of unexpected downtime. Next was 1FreeHosting, who have been great for me so far. They give me ~5 mins downtime every day to try and make me upgrade to premium, but I make up for this with the use of Cloud Flare (which I will talk about later). They give me the ability to use WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, have as many FTP accounts as I want, use SSH to manage the server, install plugins instantly, and host many different websites if I want to. Obviously they aren’t a paid web hosting service, so they don’t have amazing customer service or response to downtime, but they are great for all I need. Oh yeah, and I have a 1gb storage cap. And 100GB monthly bandwidth cap.

The five minutes a day downtime that I talked about earlier does get really annoying. By the way, I use Uptime Robot to notify me of downtime on my website. I learned about Cloud Flare from Eli The Computer Guy. It is a freemium DNS service that makes a cache of your website, so when your server is down people can still access your website. It also offers a variety of plugins that have proved to be extremely useful in the last 3 months that I have been hosting my websites.

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Email: phil@philtower.co.uk -- Website: philtower.co.uk -- Bio: Young IT Consultant looking for opportunities

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  1. Jimmy Simpson III March 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    While your free hosting strategy is a novel idea, I think (Just my observation) you’re really missing the point of hosting as an IT consultant. You should be advocating business class products, not ad-hoc work around solutions. Your website is your brand, and so are the solutions you provide. I’d be afraid that your hacked together solution would reflect poorly on your brand, and god forbid you try to deploy this to a client. Look at it this way, if you’re sitting across the desk of the CEO, is it easier to explain to him that web hosting for this very nice, professional website will cost $5 a month – or – that you found a way to work around a solution with a free host where your website will technically be down for 5 minutes a day, but not really, as long as this free third party service doesn’t change plans. Websites are too important, hosting is too cheap, and down time is too expensive to risk it.

    The other side of it, (Our business side) is web hosting is a product you can (and should be) selling to your website clients. It’s a no brainer up sell for clients, and you serve them better by controlling their hosting environments.

    • Phil Tower March 4, 2014 at 2:47 am

      (Sorry, I accidentally posted this as a new comment)
      Thanks Jimmy, I think my main point in this article is that it is possible to get a website up and running for free! Having a website there was an essential part of how I got my first client. I will be very soon upgrading to pro hosting, but this hacked together solution was useful as it allowed me to have a representation on the website for zero investment, increasing my profit margin.

      Thank you for your advice.

  2. Phil Tower March 4, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Thanks Jimmy, I think my main point in this article is that it is possible to get a website up and running for free! Having a website there was an essential part of how I got my first client. I will be very soon upgrading to pro hosting, but this hacked together solution was useful as it allowed me to have a representation on the website for zero investment, increasing my profit margin.

    Thank you for your advice.

  3. Perry June 11, 2014 at 3:09 am

    I agree with the original “Free Hosting” blogger. The guy who responded, is just trying to plug something to benefit himself and a sponsor. Look out for the “Little guy,” not always yourself. “Jerk-off.”

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  4. Martin Lehner June 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Guys, I would take Jimmy’s post at face value. He isn’t trying to be rude or mean, but he’s pointing out that when we’re in the world of business, a $5 a month hosting plan isn’t worth trying to save money on. It’s like saying you bought a brand new Cadillac, and you can save $0.50 on an oil change by using this “weird green-looking oil” instead of the normal stuff. Are you going to chance it ? Probably not. When you’re in the real world of business, $5 a month is nothing and no one, not a CEO, not a manager, not a finance clerk, is going to care about trying to save that.

    That said, it’s nice to know there are free solutions out there still, and what their limitations are. Thanks for the post Phil, I do enjoy reading your submissions 🙂

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