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Best free web hosting of 2019

Best free web hosting of 2019

Introduction

Best free web hosting of 2019 .

The popularity of free web hosting has exploded in recent years.

And it’s easy to see why –

with all the different expenses required to run a successful website, it’s tempting to try and cut costs wherever possible to stay within your budget.

And what’s more budget-friendly than free web hosting, right?

Well, not exactly..

But don’t worry… we’ve done the heavy lifting for you.
In this review, we compare Best free web hosting of 2019 to help you find the best fit for your site.

Let’s dive in:

1. 000Webhost

000Webhost free host

 

Best free web hosting of 2019

A controversial choice that can’t be ignored

  • Disk space: 1GB
  • Domain hosting: 1
  • Monthly traffic: 10GB
  • Subdomains: 0
  • Email accounts: 0
  • FTP accounts: 1
  • MySQL databases: 1
Established player
Impressive bandwidth allowance
No one-click install
No email accounts or subdomains

Our fifth pick is 000Webhost, a free website hosting provider owned and operated by Hostinger.

000Webhost has been around for 10 years and has millions of users, which unfortunately makes it a prime target for hackers. In 2015, the provider’s entire database was compromised with details of an estimated 13.5 million accounts stolen. Since then, 000Webhost has completely changed but many users still remember the hack to this day.

There’s no control panel, although there are three routes should you want to build a website:

You can use the Zyro website builder, or WordPress, or just upload your own files.

As expected, there’s no SSL certificate, but slightly surprising is the absence of subdomains, email accounts, as well as support via tickets (you have to go through the forums).

You should be able to install two websites, but we got an error message when we tried to do this a second time, saying that we had reached our limit. Furthermore, the account creation email was flagged by Google as a suspicious email, with a pop-up warning that malware often comes from that URL.

Note that you can also create a website on 000webhostapp.com using the same credentials as 000webhost.com.

Here’s 000WebHost free plan average uptime and load time in 2018:

Best free web hosting of 2019

2. Infinityfree

infinityfree host review screen

Best overall free web hosting – Best free web hosting of 2019

  • Disk space: Unlimited
  • Domain hosting: Unlimited
  • Monthly traffic: Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Subdomains: Unlimited
  • Email accounts: 10
  • FTP accounts: 1
  •  MySQL databases: 400
Unlimited storage/bandwidth
400 MySQL databases
Average load times

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.

It has been in the business for over six years, claims to have 200,000 users and offers unlimited disk space and bandwidth (albeit with a very generous 50,000 daily hits). You can host as many domains as you want but you will only get 10 e-email accounts and one FTP to upload your content.

There is no hidden fees and despite its free status, you will get a 99.9% uptime guarantee (although you are more or less on your own if your site goes down) and the popular Softaculous Script installer with more than 400 applications.

We were surprised to see that its features list include 400 MySQL databases (where others give only a handful, if at all), a free DNS service, free SSL and free Cloudflare CDN.

As expected Infinityfree offers a cheap paid for hosting (Infinityfree Ultimate Premium) that offers unlimited everything for $5.90 per month, worth an upgrade as you will also get access to CloudFlare Railgun, which cuts load times significantly.

 

3. Byethost

byethost-free host

Quick and easy hosting – Best free web hosting of 2019

  • Disk space: 1GB
  • Domain hosting: 1
  • Monthly traffic: 50GB
  • Subdomains: 7
  • Email accounts: 5
  • FTP accounts: 1
  • MySQL databases: 5
Good support
Easy to use
Very limited server space

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.”

Users are given 1GB of server space (although, of late, it looks like this has been changed to unlimited), 50GB of monthly bandwidth and MySQL / PHP compatibility. They also benefit from 24/7 tech support and access to Byethost’s community and knowledge base. And if you are ever interested in becoming a free web hosting provider yourself, Byethost operates a separate entity, myownfreehost, that allows you to do just that.

 4. x10Hosting.com

x10Hosting-free host

Quick and easy hosting – Best free web hosting of 2019

  • Disk space: Unlimited
  • Domain hosting: 1
  • Monthly traffic: 50GB
  • Subdomains: 7
  • Email accounts: 5
  • FTP accounts: 1
  • MySQL databases: 5

With more than 10 years in the free hosting game and the promise to provide a  free “full web hosting suite” that includes unlimited bandwidth and storage, PHP, MySQL, cPanel access, and one-click installation for over 30 third-party applications, x10Hosting sounds like something straight out of a frugal geek’s dream

5. Googiehost

googiehost-free host

A free host that gives you cPanel and Cloudflare

  • Disk space: 1GB
  • Domain hosting: 1
  • Monthly traffic: Unlimited
  • Subdomains: 2
  • Email accounts: 2
  • FTP accounts: 2
  • MySQL databases: 2
100GB of data
2 FTP accounts
Free SSL
Site doesn’t inspire trust
Worrying security errors

You could easily confuse Googiehost with Googlehost, a cheeky way of getting some attention. However, the eight-year-old Googiehost still remains one of the better options in a not-so-good bunch of free web hosting providers.

That said, the company’s website inspires little confidence. The small print copyright notice extends until 2021 rather than 2019, presumably to protect against potential infractions by time travellers. Also, odd grammatical mistakes abound – Lastest, Trsuted, Powerfull – not to mention confusing terms: SSD or HDD space? SSL or no SSL? Unlimited or 100GB bandwidth? In short, tread carefully.

Still, it’s not all bad. This is the only provider here to come with cPanel and Cloudflare, albeit in its free form. However, note that we experienced a few instances where the dreaded “your connection is not private” popped up on our screen when trying to access cPanel. That’s never a good sign as Chrome is identifying it as a “not secure” property.

With more than 165,000 hosted sites, Googiehost’s revenue model relies on some of the free websites converting to paid-for ones via Interserver.net. Plus it does run a few banner ads on the control panels and on its own website – but not on the users’ sites. A last caveat: You need to provide a reason for the firm to accept your website, a special version of Recaptcha, and a surprising way to weed out spammers.

6. FreeHostingNoAds

FreeHostingNoAds

A good alternative to Googiehost

  • Disk space: 1GB
  • Domain hosting: 1
  • Monthly traffic: 5GB
  • Subdomains: 3
  • Email accounts: 1
  • FTP accounts: 1
  •  MySQL databases: 1
Largest file size limit
Straightforward installation
3 subdomains
Very limited one-click install
Limited disk space and bandwidth
Specs for free plan on website are incorrect

FreeHostingNoAds delivers just what it says on the tin: Free web hosting without any adverts. The brand is owned by Runhosting, an established web hosting provider that offers unlimited disk space and unlimited traffic for as little as $2.39 per month.

As expected, though, FreeHostingNoAds offers a small subset of what you get with a paid-for account, and uses the same dashboard as Batcave (1GB/5GB/1 domain) and FreeHostingEU (200MB/4GB/5 domains). The latter are two other free web hosting providers that share an identical set of features with FreeHostingNoAds, and may well be part of the same family.

An SSL certificate, which will give you the all-important security padlock in browsers, will set you back an eye-watering $30. The control panel, via Zacky Tools Installer, is extremely limited, with either Grav, WordPress or Joomla being offered as one-click installs. However, you will be able to install your own should you want to do so – but bear in mind that the file size limit is only 15MB.

Creating a new account is straightforward, but we were slightly concerned by the fact that the account emails landed straight in our spam box, a sign that some sites hosted by FreeHostingNoAds might be blacklisted.

7. Dreamnix

Best free web hosting of 2019

Rather than a free service, I’d consider Dreamnix to be “almost-free”, since they offer top of the line features with sharp limitations in their free product. This is in line with their concept of “try before you buy”.

Specifications

  • Disk Space: 1GB
  • Bandwidth: 1GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Database
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

Features

  • SSD-powered servers
  • Auto Installer (WordPress)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support

Reliability and uptime guarantees

It’s a pretty good bet that this is legit, since all-round Dreamnix stresses on its money-back guarantee. In fact, it doesn’t even take your credit card information until you pay for any service. As I said – try before you buy!

Upgrade options

Once you’re outgrown your free hosting plan, upgrades differ mainly in terms of add-on features such as access to Cron jobs, mailing lists and so on. The basics such as bandwidth and sick space go up to unlimited with even the lowest plan. Starts from $3 per month up to $5 per month based on annual subscription rates.

What’s the catch?

As far as we can see, nothing much, except that Dreamnix is limited to data centers in only three locations. These are nicely spread out around the world though, so there shouldn’t be any real issues here.

8. Freehostia

Freehostia

Best free web hosting of 2019

Freehostia proudly announces more than ten years of serving hosts in the industry and shouts out about ‘Load Balanced Cluster Technology’ versus standalone servers. It’s a large scale web host, meaning that aside from offering slices of hosting, it also offers high end services such as dedicated servers. On the down side, Data Centre location is limited to only Chicago.

Specifications

  • Disk Space: 250MB
  • Bandwidth: 6GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Database
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

Features

  • Free website templates
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support

Reliability and uptime guarantees

Uptime for free hosts is mentioned to be 99.9%, which is usually an indicator that paid plans increase in reliability. Unfortunately, Freehostia doesn’t show uptime for paid plans, so it’s a bit of a hit and miss.

Upgrade options

Freehostia offers multiple plans of incremental capacities. The key thing here seems that there is much focus on amount of storage given; strange, since storage is pretty much dirt cheap nowadays and most web hosts are practically giving it away. Prices start at $2.95 per month up to $149.95 per month for their best dedicated server.

What’s the catch?

Storage space, storage space and storage space, Freehostia seems intent to cripple users through this alone. 250MB for a web host (even a free one) today seems unconscionable. Also, there are so many plans available just browsing through them is enough to confuse you.

9. FreeWebHostingArea

Freewebhostingarea

Ideal for seasoned veterans – Best free web hosting of 2019

  • Disk space: 1.5GB
  • Domain hosting: 1
  • Monthly traffic: Unlimited bandwidth
  • Subdomains: 0
  • Email accounts: 0
  • FTP accounts: 1
  • MySQL databases: 3
Unlimited bandwidth allowance
3 MySQL databases
1.5GB storage
No one-click install
No site builder

FreeWebHostingArea might sport the design of a website from 1999, but it’s another option if you want a free web hosting company that can give you unlimited bandwidth (or at least that’s the provider’s claim).

What’s more, at 1.5GB, it offers a more generous storage capacity than most, plus you get three MySQL databases – which again exceeds most rival free website hosting providers.

The control panel is rudimentary, and at the time of writing, the site builder and the auto-installer were not working properly, leaving any user with the task of uploading their files via FTP if they want to create their own websites. The maximum file size allowed on FreeWebHostingArea is 12MB.

We liked the fact that FreeWHA, as it is also known, is active on Twitter. Users also get daily or weekly offsite backups and no ads on low traffic websites. Upgrade to the FreeWHA Basic package for $12 a year and you get the ads removed regardless of how popular the site is, along with five MySQL databases per account, one-click database backup and priority technical support.

10. FreeHosting.com

https://www.freehosting.com/

The first thing you’ll notice when you visit this site is that it’s plastered all over with the word “Free”. Great, since that’s what you’re after right?

Not so much when you realise that long list of features offered is cunningly interspaced with non-free items just so that it looks longer.

Specifications

  • Disk Space: 10GB
  • Bandwidth: 250GB
  • Database: 1 MySQL Database
  • Control Panel: Cpanel

Features

  • Free website builder
  • Auto Installer (WordPress, Joomla, etc)
  • Ad-free hosting
  • PHP & MySQL database support

Reliability and uptime guarantees

I’ve been round and again over this site but there doesn’t seem to be any mention at all an uptime guarantee, which is a little frightening. The only time money-back is mentioned is within its 30-day grace period of paid accounts.

Upgrade options

Freehosting.com only offers two plans – you pay, or you don’t. Paid accounts benefit from unlimited storage space and bandwidth at $7.99 per month.

 What’s the catch with FreeHosting.com?

For the free service, not much that we can find. BUT, there is a caveat in their terms of service; There is an ‘out’ clause there that basically states that they can shut you down if you’re taking up too much (unspecified) resources.

 

About the author

Jamie Vadym

Jamie Vadym

Founder of Error Hat. Expertise in Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Linux/UNIX systems, Programming,Storage systems,HA, Server Clustering e.t.c.

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