Most free domain hosting services have some kinds of limitation. Some may not support certain scripting, some may not provide database and some may disable cron settings.
Recently, one of our members recommended a totally free domain hosting service. I helped him to set up our List Builder Script on the server and I’m truly impressed with this free domain hosting service.
Here’re what I like about this free domain hosting service:
1) It’s totally ads free.
2) It uses Cpanel website control panel (this is very important!)
3) It provides Awstat traffic stat (a useful tracking tool).
3) It provides unlimited mysql database, pop3 emails.
4) It supports most scripting, including php, cgi, perl etc.
In short, it has almost everything I need for domain hosting. If you are running a small site such as a simple squeeze page or content website, it should be good enough. Moreover, it’s totally free!
Pitfalls Of Using Free Domain Hosting
I recommend this free domain hosting service because of its excellent technical feature, but in general, I discourage beginners from using any free domain hosting because of 2 important reasons:
1) It will greatly reduce your chance of online success
If you ask me what is the most important factor in online success, I’ll tell you it’s your commitment.
Are you TRYING to make some money online or you MUST make money online?
Most beginners are not committed. If you are a newbie and you say you are 100% committed, you are lying. I’m quite sure about that!
Want to know how most beginners become committed? They become committed when their pockets hurt!
I wasn’t committed to personal success until I spent more than $30k attending all kinds of success seminars. I wasn’t committed to online success until I lost $50k in my offline business. I wasn’t committed to building Adsense websites until I subscribed to a monthly membership program.
Free domain hosting does not hurt your pocket at all, thus it will not add any pressure on you or increase your commitment to success in any way.
2) It will slow down your learning speed
Free domain hosting services can only afford to provide email support. This means whenever you have a server issue, you probably have to wait 1-2 hours (or even 12-24 hours) before you can get an answer.
Established hosting services provide instant chat support and/or telephone support. Imagine whenever you face a server issue, just launch a chat window or make a phone call and someone will be attending to your issue.
This is especially important for newbies with limited technical knowledge because they can get instant step by step guidance and ask more questions if they have doubts.
Nevertheless, if you know what you are doing and you’re looking for a totally free domain hosting, what I’ve recommended would be a good one in my opinion.
Update (28 Aug 2009): The site is down for more than 14 days. I tried to contact the admin. Initially they fixed problems and replied my emails. But now they seem to ignore my emails. I’ve given up hope. Another pitfall of using free domain hosting!