I am warning you now to not pick free hosts. If you do, unless its a big hosting company giving trials, the companies shut down really fast. As soon as you start ur site up the host will be gone and u will no backup and all ur work will have gone to nothing. So if you pick a free host even though I don't recommend it, backup ur site very often.
WE have few servers and whne we start a new Server we offer free Forum Hosting, so basicly they are BETA test, thne we close the free Hosting but they stay Free For Ever. (But others are Paying)
We have Free Forum Hosting Server Too, but we add sometime Google Ads (SO we get revenue still, but sometime just to pay the Cost of teh Amount, but some of the forum after they grow too much then they dont want ads and pay small fee, At least if is noone just Playing to be a Hoster. Free wont be an ISUE.
You cannot stero type all free hosts. Im sure there are alot of people that have had pleasant expierences with alot of free hosts.
There are some that just buy the 100gb reseller for $5 and pile everyone on there. They are the ones you need to look out for, but as one of the members here said. Your not paying anything so dont expect top level service or support if your site does go down.
Just wanted to say, that when working on a website, you
should allways work with a local copy. I don't understand
people that will edit a file, ftp it, and check their site to
see if they like the change. This process would drive me
CRAZY. So work locally, on your pc, this way you don't
drive yourself nutz, and you allways have a backup.
If you don't backup your data, you deserve to lose it. That's my opinion when I hear ppl whine that they lost all their data when the host shut down or the server crashed.
Even if it's not CURRENT, better then nothing. Also backup based on your updating. If you're site is only lupdated once every few weeks, not important to do it every day/week.
The other thing, as was pointed out by Frank, never work off the website, work off a local copy and upload it. True this won't help with anydatabase data (like forums), but it's easy enough to do backups of a db on a regular basis.
Point is, if you lose all your data because a free host or any host goes down or has problems, it's 100% YOUR FAULT! Even if the host states they do backups, doesn't mean that it will always work. I saw a server go south recently for a host I do partime helpdesk for go bad slowly and in the middle of doing it's backups...guess what? Half the backups from the server were no good and never a hint till they tried to install them. As teh saying goes, crap happens and in the end it's the site owners responsibility to make sure they have local backups if it's important to them.
yea i learned that these free hosts shut down pretty fast as well. guess you always have to dish out a little amount of money. im looking for some hosting as well . i probably will get a cheap one if i can find one..
Oviously they may shut down if they dont have enough funding to cover the costs they use after all they are giving free hosting. and how does that saying go "you get what you pay for" thanx for the heads up tho
Well. This post doesn't seem like a feedback to me. Well if people ask me about it, sure, I will give my feedback. But I won't go out of the way to slime them because I didn't pay a cent in the first place.