Want a Web Page Without Spending a Lot of Money?

If you have already read our general article on web hosting and have decided to create your own website, either for your own business, hobby or interests, more than likely you are also interested in what it will cost you. And if you're just starting out, you may not want to spend a lot of money at first, or sign up for a long term committment. This article will review some of your options when it comes to cheap or free web hosting space. Later, as you gain more experience, make more money or decide you want to expand, you can look into upgrading your service, often with the same hosting service you already have. Here are some choices for cheap and free hosting services. Keep in mind that the less money you spend, the less server space you will have. However, for newbie website creators, keeping your costs down while you decide if this is a long-term interest may be important. Read on as we review some of the free and inexpensive web hosting services available today.

Free Web Hosting Services

Many ISP's (Internet Service Providers) offer their customers free web space on their servers. It's not always very much space, but if you are just starting out, this will get you going until you outgrow your allotted server space. This will give you a chance to see if this is of any interest to you, or if you are starting a business page, if it will be worthwhile. There are some decided disadvantages to using free sites, so be aware of this and plan on upgrading when you know this is something you'll want to do. First, your web site will run their advertising banners. They need to make their money somewhere or they couldn't afford to offer you free web space. The server your free web site is hosted on may be overcrowded, making slow page loading for your visitors. And you will have limited disk and bandwidth space as well. That said, if you still want to try out a free site, here are our top picks.

They've been around for many years, and are one of the better known free web hosting providers. A division of Yahoo, they offer free web space as well as affordable options too. You don't get much for free, but if you can't afford it or aren't sure you'll enjoy creating a site, give them a try. Your disk space for storing files is only 15MB, and bandwidth is just 3GB a month. There are tools to help the beginning web page creator and a free blogger. Their free site is ad-supported. There are low-cost plans if you decide to upgrade. Information on low-cost plans are in the following section.

150m Free Hosting
You are allotted 150MB of web space and 40MB daily bandwidth, a free email account, email technical support and an easy to use site builder. Quite a bit for nothing, isn't it? And if you want to upgrade, they offer other plans starting as low as $6.95 per month. As with other free hosts, you must put up with their ad banners.

Doteasy is one of the best free host sites, offering 100MB of server space and 1GB bandwidth per month. Other features include 10 personalized email address, free designer tools for your website, and cheap domain name registration--something that the other free sites do not include. And this is one free host site which does not require banner ads, another rarity.

Affordable Web Hosting Services

If you've experimented with the free server and are ready to upgrade, or want to start out with one of the affordable web hosting services, here are our choices for best of the low-cost, affordable web hosting services. We include a brief summary of what you'll get, as well as what it will cost you.

Host Monster is one of the better hosts, with 300GB of server space and 3000GB bandwidth. The cost per month is just $5.99, and includes many extras. What's included? Along with the aforementioned server and bandwidth space, you'll get a free domain name, site promotion, site builder, and excellent technical support. You'll also get free email accounts and scripting options.

StartLogic offers several hosting plans to fit your needs, from personal to business, government and educational customers, starting as low as $5.95 per month for 50GB of server space. They offer plenty of extras too, including unlimited email accounts, email filtering, blogger sites, guestbooks; and for the business owner, many commercial features such as shopping carts, promotional features, and more.

Dot5Hosting has a 200GB web space allotment for just $4.95 per month. They also include 24x7 support, plenty of marketing tools for the business website, good support, and more.

We've all heard of Yahoo.com, but were you aware they are also a web hosting service? Their personal websites are housed on Geocities servers, with plans ranging from free (see above section) to $11.95 per month for true web hosting features, including your own domain name, 5000 MB disk space, 200 GB bandwidth, and 200 email addresses. If you operate a small business, you can get web hosting through Yahoo, complete with your own domain name and other features like email addresses, disk space ranging from 5GB to 20GB depending on your plan, and bandwidth ranging from 200GB to 500GB per month. Prices range from $12 to $30 per month depending on the plan.

Final Thoughts

Having your own website does not need to be cost-prohibitive anymore. Server space costs have come down, capacities have risen, and there are many places to go to learn how to create your own website if you need it. There's really no reason for you not to have your very own home on the World Wide Web.

When some one decides to purchase a web hosting, he comes to know about two types of hosting named as windows hosting and UNIX web hosting. What is the basic difference between UNIX hosting and windows hosting? Actually these are two different operating systems. It depends on web site hosting company which system it prefers on its servers. A web template developed in ASP.NET can only be hosted on windows hosting.

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