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All hosting is not equal – beware of the risks of free hosting


Over the years, we have tried and tested many different types of VPS/Web hosting. It greatly depends what you are looking to host when it comes to deciding on the price you should pay.

For quite a while we have referred 000webhost to clients who really are on a budget. Having used this host for test/dev. sites in the past, we could say they were OK.

In recent times our uptime monitors have noticed more and more time-outs on these totally free providers. Recently one of our test sites disappeared totally (due to ‘inactivity’, despite the site being accessed near daily). Fortunately we had no content that was important or not backed up on that site. There are many stories online stating similar occurrences with free hosting. One unfortunate individual had three years of blogging and photographs removed without warning. The response from the host was “it has all been lost”. Free hosting comes with no warranty or SLA to fall back on when things don’t go as expected.

For this reason we must advise that if you want to host a site storing any important content, and especially business content, don’t even consider free hosting in any case. At WCS we have very competitive arrangements with robust, reliable and fast UK hosting that you can take advantage of, complete with full control panel and email access, should you require it.

If you choose to use free hosting for your project, please take our advice: Back the content up elsewhere & often. Please contact us if you have any concerns about your existing website hosting. We will be happy to help and offer advice.

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