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You wish to host your web site for free, but where do you do that without banner adverts being inserted into your web site? Is that even conceivable? It turns out that it is viable indeed, even though there are very few hosting firms offering charge-free website hosting plans without advertisements.

My recently discovered free web host

I recently stumbled upon FreeHostia, a US-based web hosting company, which offers charge-free web hosting plans. The primary reason why they can furnish free-of-cost hosting packages without any banners is the fact that you can maintain only one single free-of-cost web hosting user account with them, whereas web hosting service providers that embed web banners on your web sites allow you to open as many free-of-charge hosting user accounts as you choose.

Free hosting restrictions

A lot of free hosting companies prohibit the use of their free hosting accounts for file or image hosting purposes only and the use of bandwidth for inline linking purposes. Many free hosting distributors disallow hotlinking or direct linking and the inclusion of different file types. FreeHostia is no exception and disallows remote linking by default.

File size limitations

Other typical limitations forced on charge-free web hosting accounts by free web hosting distributors are related to the file size. For example, FreeHostia does not allow users to upload files larger than 500 kilobytes or sizeable audio and video files. Even if you try to upload a large file or a banned file type, you will not succeed. You can upload bigger files and evade this limitation if you upgrade to a professional paid web site hosting package. FreeHostia delivers amazingly cheap web site hosting accounts if you need extra resources.

File quotas

One additional free web site hosting account restriction is connected with the amount of files you can host inside the account. Paid web site hosting plans normally include file quotas too, but free website hosting accounts have much, much smaller file quotas. Let's take as an example the free-of-charge web site hosting solution offered by FreeHostia. You can only host 5000 files in your free web site hosting account and have to switch to a paid web site hosting plan if you decide to store more. The cost-free web site hosting package does not include an electronic mail service too, so this kind of web hosting service is chiefly suitable for testing purposes or if you own a family-oriented, non-profit portal, which needs an extremely small amount of web traffic and includes very few files. If your tiny web site project begins to increase, though, you do not necessarily need to swap providers, since there also is the possibility to upgrade your hosting plan to a paid one without the need to switch hosting servers.