Do you want your WordPress site to work steadily and be reliably protected? Then do not use free hosting. And that’s why.
Individual companies provide free hosting services. However, the risk of their use is high. Consider the disadvantages of such solutions.
Such companies usually do not have a lot of money to buy good equipment and hire specialists to set it up. As a result, the server is vulnerable to external attacks. This makes it a “training ground” for beginner hackers.
Secondly, the barrier of registration and access to free hosting is low, users or bots with malicious intent can easily register a free hosting account. Since your site files are on the same server, you are vulnerable to internal attacks.
The worst type of attacks are silent. They appear when you have already collected all the information about your site and are ready to send it or other destructive actions.
For example, personal data about the store’s customers is collected and is periodically sent to third parties. If your customer uses the same password on other websites, it will be even worse.
2. Performance Problems
Such hosting has performance problems, especially when there is a traffic spike or someone is abusing the shared server resources.
Now imagine what happens if absolutely anyone can get an account without spending a penny. The result is periodic downtime of your WordPress site and low overall performance.
3. Limited server resources
Free-hosters have no money for powerful servers. As a result you have little disk space, limited bandwidth and a small maximum file size to download. You will not be able to upload a file to your resource, say, more than 3-5 megabytes.
4. Failure of automatic backup
Backups are the first rule of site stability. For WordPress works perfectly, for example, the free UpdraftPlus plugin. But even if you put this process on the machine, it is likely to fail due to network errors or timeouts of maximum execution time of PHP scripts.
5. Minimal support or even no support
Agree, there is nothing to demand from the free of charge. The founders of free hosting do not owe you anything. They reserve the right to provide support or not. Usually it is provided.
6. Termination of service
At one point your hoster may stop working without warning. In the best case you can download the current and last backup copy of your site to restore it. At worst, you will lose everything.
7. E-mails and contact forms will not work.
The problem of free hosting – bad mail delivery. In particular, you can not send e-mails from the server. Since anyone can register, bots use these servers to send a lot of spam. As a result, the IP addresses of such hosting are blacklisted by major email providers. Therefore any email sent from these IPs is automatically sent to spam.
This is why such hosts disable the possibility to send from their equipment. Either the guarantee of their delivery is small.
This is especially problematic if registration and password recovery via email are working. In this case it is left to use external delivery services.
8. Advertising and SEO
Most free hosting providers allow you to tie your domain either on a paid basis, or by placing there your advertising.
As a result, on your site will only show their advertising blocks.
As for SEO, here are a few negative points:
- Overloaded hosting servers – an increase in page load time, which reduces your SEO-rating;
- external links from your site can be very questionable and lead to sites with viruses or prohibited content. The result – a decrease in the issue or complete exclusion of your site.
It is possible to say goodbye to such a site.
9. Problems with moving the site
Another problem – it will be difficult for you to move your site to another hoster. Some free hosting can interfere in any way. For example, the inability to make a backup or export the database.
Even the cheapest hosting with the cheapest price tags take care of their reputation and try to satisfy the wishes of the client.