In terms of price, there are two types of web hosting available on the UK market, paid web hosting and free web hosting. It is understandable that you may to be attracted by the term "free", however, as the saying goes, there is no such thing as free lunch. Free web hosting is riddled with pitfalls and issues that will ultimately have a detrimental effect on your website. That's why at Pixel Internet we specialise in offering low cost website hosting whilst maintaining an extremely high level of both service and features. Just take a look at the features (and prices) we offer for our professional hosting here at Pixel Internet.
We have listed below just some of the pitfalls associated with free web hosting and why we think your website deserves more...
Small bandwidth and the low reliability of the server
Most web hosts offering free web hosting only offer small monthly bandwidth allowance, maybe 1 or 2 GB per month. Because it is free, the free accounts will be gathered in one server overcrowding the free host servers. This means the load of the server will be very high. In the end, your website's may have more down time or perform very slow compared to paid web hosting. Regardless to whether your website is for personal use or for your business, your visitors will be upset when they find out that your server is down or your website takes an age to load. At Pixel Internet we closely monitor all our servers to insure no adverse performance issues occur that may affect our customers website's. All our hosting plans include an unlimited monthly bandwidth allowance.
Some companies who offer free web hosting will require you to display advertisements on your web pages. This looks unprofessional and will ultimately annoy your customers / visitors. A professional website should not have banners or pop-ups that display ads unrelated to your niche. At Pixel Internet we don't ask you to display any banners of any kind.
Lack of features
Free web hosting will also suffer from fewer features. It is not uncommon for you not to have email account, autoresponders, PHP support, one click installs, database support like MySQL, cron jobs, and many other web hosting features. All these features are standard with all hosting plans supplied by Pixel Internet.
No professional e-mail address
A professional online business should have an e-mail address that reflects the domain name of your business. If you use a free e-mail address from Gmail or Hotmail customers may think you are a "fly-by-night" business person. This is because many spammers use these free e-mail accounts to send out spam messages or to hide their identity.
No professional domain
Many free hosting providers do not a true domain name for your website, but a subdomain name under the hosting providers main website. This will not only look unprofessional but will hinder you long terms as when you finally do have to move to paid hosting (which you will) you will have to change your domain, meaning all your search engine ranking may be lost.
Limited technical support
Free host providers need to maintain low operating costs. This ultimately means technical support will suffer. If you have a technical problem you need assistance straight away, with a free hosting plan you may not receive any help or it may be very slow.
Why settle for all the pitfalls associated with free web hosting, when you can have a low cost, professional hosting plan, packed with 100's of features, professional 24/7 technical support and 99.9% server uptime guarantee from just £19.99 per year with a 30 day, no fuss, risk free money-back-guarantee from Pixel Internet.
We believe your website is worth it and there really is nothing to lose...
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