Originally posted by top25hosting As customers go.... do customers mind doing the hosting like the example of top25hosting.com/freeuser
No idea.. I'm not a customer.
But one thing I would suggest... don't even think about offering free hosting if your server is at Ev1 (which it seems to be). Your server will have an AUP violation within a few weeks from spam complaints, illegal porn, and viruses from free users. And Ev1 is very quick to pull servers offline for stuff like that. The only solution would be to have a very strict sign-up policy or something.
there are some hosts that offer free hosting and No Adverts on the website, i have seen loads of free hosting packages in my time, seen some that offer 200Mb + unlimited file size and unlimited bandwidth, crazzy really. i have seen alot of people who have a scheme that people who want to have free hosting have to be active in there forum and post X ammount of posts to get free hosting then post X amount of posts per week to keep there hosting
Maybe try something like having your GoogleAdSense text advertisement on their page somehow.
One would have to be very careful about this as Google does not allow two or more instances of google ads on the same page, so the hosted guy should not be allowed to put his own Google Ads on the pages...
Well we for one (not trying to advertise), offer ourdomain.com/user, and the people seem to like it.
I do agree however, that you have to be very careful when offering it though. The thing is...within 2 days of launching our free offering, we received 96 signups. Out of those 96 signups, approximately 65 of them were uploading illegal mp3's, etc.. which of course is a BIG no no.
For us, the return is almost a gamble. We offer it, without ads, to give the people a chance to check out our services, and eventually upgrade to a pay account, when they require more from their account.
Some never will upgrade of course, but you have those that will.
I think it's a can be a great marketing tool, a great feature for visitors (and future pay clients), but it can also be a very bad step if you don't have the time yourself, or have a staff to look over the users, to ensure they're not abusing the system.
The signup rate can grow massively within a VERY short period of time...if you can't keep up with it, it can be very bad.