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You would like to host your website for free, but where do you do that without banner advertisements being displayed on your website? Is that even possible? It turns out that it is feasible in fact, although there are very few hosting distributors furnishing free hosting plans without adverts.

My newfound free web hosting distributor

Not long ago I stumbled upon FreeHostia, a US-registered web host, which offers free web hosting accounts. The major reason why they can supply cost-free website hosting accounts without any web banners is the circumstance that you can create only one single free-of-cost website hosting user account with them, whereas hosts that embed commercials on your websites allow you to open as many cost-free web hosting user accounts as you like.

Free web hosting limitations

Many free web site hosting vendors prohibit the use of their free web site hosting packages for file or image hosting purposes only and the use of traffic for remote linking purposes. Lots of free hosting vendors forbid hotlinking or remote linking and the use of different file types. FreeHostia makes no exception and disallows hotlinking by default.

File size limits

Other typical restrictions imposed on free web site hosting accounts by free web hosting vendors are related to the size of the files. For example, FreeHostia does not allow clients to upload files greater than 500 kilobytes or big media files. Even if you try to upload a large file or a disallowed computer file type, you will not succeed. You can upload larger files and escape this limitation if you upgrade to a paid web site hosting account. FreeHostia provides rather affordably priced hosting accounts should you require extra system resources.

File quotas

One additional free website hosting account restriction is associated with the number of files you can store inside the account. Paid hosting packages usually have file quotas too, but cost-free web site hosting plans have much more limited file quotas. Let's take as an example the free-of-cost hosting package offered by FreeHostia. You can only have 5000 files in your cost-free web site hosting account and need to migrate to a professional paid hosting plan if you want to host more. The cost-free web hosting package does not offer an e-mail service as well, so this sort of web hosting service is primarily appropriate for testing purposes or if you own a family-oriented, not-for-profit site, which requires an extremely small amount of bandwidth and contains a very small number of files. If your small website project starts to increase, however, you do not necessarily need to swap web hosting service providers, since there also is the possibility to upgrade your website hosting package to a paid one without ever needing to swap servers.