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Free hosting vs Paid hosting

This article is meant to help you decide between free hosting vs. paid hosting services. Is getting a free hosting service counterproductive? What kind of hosting should I get? If I go for a free hosting provider, what are the features that I will get? What are the best free hosting providers out there?

We will talk about both options and the implications of going one way or the other, so you can have all the information and options to decide for yourself.

FREE HOSTING SERVICES

When I was first presented with the decision of having to either pay for my hosting services or get shelter under the roof of a free hosting company, I was hesitant. I thought that free hosting meant poor and unreliable service, very few features and I suspected that they wouldn’t meet my needs.

This is not entirely true. As a matter of fact, I was surprised to give a try to some hosting providers that turned out to be quite good for testing purposes, they offered a wide range of possibilities and they were full featured, so I was happy to try and mess around with a hosting service that granted pretty much all the features that I needed at the time. But that was when I was starting off as a webmaster, I didn’t need any support or especial features.

In truth, free hosting services are great when you don’t want to get serious about your projects online. This isn’t something bad, if you have a hobby, your dad asks you for a website or you are just short on money, you can go for it. You will find most of the features that you need in order to set up a website or blog, including:

  • FTP account and File Manager
  • Control Panel and Automatic Script Installer
  • MySQL databases & PHP Support
  • Free tech support
  • Clustered Servers
  • No ads!

This much for free? I had to check it out for myself!!! It is mostly true, so you can pretty much mess around with a free hosting with most of the features that you would get with a paid one.

Some people assert that when using free hosting services you are forced to display ads for the hosting company, but that’s not always true. You can get an ad-free website without having to pay a penny.

I have used the services http://byethost.com/, they provide all the features listed above and it works well. You can give it a try for free if you want, I am in no way affiliated with these people, I have tried their services and I had a good  experience, so this is the best I know and the best recommendation I can give.

PAID HOSTING SERVICES

Having a paid hosting provider is going pro, that’s the simplest way to put it. A free hosting service is nice when you’re starting out, or if you are setting up websites for friends or relatives. But if you are any serious about your project and you want the best service available, paying for the hosting is a must, it guarantees that you get what you need.

In the following lines, I will review what paid hosting services offer and you can’t get when hosted for free.

Fully custom domain names

When you get your hosting space for free, you are also forced to get certain sufix for your domain. For example, with byethost.com your website would have this format:

  • mywebsite.2kool4u.net
  • mywebsite.isgreat.org
  • mywebsite.22web.net
  • mywebsite.10001mb.com
  • mywebsite.iblogger.org
  • mywebsite.talk4fun.net
  • mywebsite.totalh.com

In here, the only customizable part of your domain name is “mywebsite”, the rest must be left like that. It doesn’t look professional, it doesn’t help when pîcking the right domain name for your site, and it is hard to remember, so people won’t type it in their internet browsers with much ease.

Guarantees

If you happen to hit gold and your project turns out to be watched by a thousands of people each month, you will be in need of certain guarantees. So, in order to start from a good stable point, you should consider this as well.

For example, imagine that you set up a website from scratch in a free hosting provider. You put in all the work, and after many hours of work, you leave it impeccable. Everything is set up, and people start coming over, some dozens in the beginning, but some months after starting off, some hundreds are attracted. Then you have to think about managing the traffic, and everything goes smoothly up until now but… for how long will my server fully support this increasing rate of people coming over your site? Then you hit some thousands each month, and your server shows problems managing the traffic.

Then you face the need of having to upgrade your hosting plan, and guess what? You need to move or pay for a more reliable hosting that allows you to handle that much people coming in. And quite honestly, if even paid hosting providers often fail to meet the requirements for certain sort of sites, I don’t think that many free hosting providers can do a better job. Although, if you know some free provider that does, please leave a comment and we will check if it’s true (you little liar!!) 😉

Extra features

Dedicated IP, SSL, free templates, certain reductions with some third party service, compatibility with other software… you might not need any of those, but if you’re with a basic hosting plan and you decide to set up an e-commerce cart, you might find out that dedicated IP would come in handy, or those 100 bucks that hostgator.com offers as an incentive to use Google’s adwords can provide some extra traffic to your sites.

For example, if you want to use an e-commerce software like Magento, it’s probable that you won’t be matching the requirements with a free hosting provider. Magento is resourceful but it’s heavy as two cuddling cows on a surf table, it requires quite a lot of libraries and compatibilities (mcrypt, mhash, simplexml, DOM, curl…). In this case, don’t even bother with free services.

Paid hosting services need to detach themselves from the features offered by free hosting, so often you’ll get a wider range of possibilities, options, features and more. Of course, you might find that the whole pack is something you just don’t need. 😉

Pricing

If you decide to go with one of our best recommendations when it comes to paid hosting services, hostgator.com, you can start as low as 3 bucks/month, that’s cheap web hosting. If you choose the plan above this one, you would be paying 6 dollars per month and you can host as many sites as you want, and it will allow quite high traffic rates as well.

Bottom line: Saving 10 dollars a month is worth the risk? You spend more when ordering pizza, that’s the greatest thing of it all, since it’s a very competitive field, pricing goes as low as it gets. Besides, you can count on reductions and special pricing if you want to dissolve your doubts…

Question is, why not going pro for this low?

Any doubts? Questions? Additions to what has been said? Post them below and I will take a look and perhaps even answer them (wink!!)

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On Tuesday, March 25th Hostgator is running a 24 hour promotion in support of the American Red Cross. The sale will feature 50% off all New Hosting packages as well as domains for only $4. Not only that but we will be donating $1 for every new sign up to the American Red Cross!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ACCESS THE OFFER:

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So, go get your hosting package and take advantage of this amazing 50% reduction that will significantly reduce costs for your project to get started the best way!!

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BEST FORMULA: Get Your Hosting + Domain Registration

Thinking about getting some sites up? Willing to try the niche site formula? Just going to publish your first professional looking website for the world to see?

Here´s the best, most affordable and direct formula to get hosting and your domain name for the better. It couldn’t be easier!!!

The whole idea

I have been hiring the hosting services and domain name registration at the same place, I thought it would be cleaner to have everything under the same roof.

But when you start creating multiple sites, you can’t but wonder if there is not a better option, especially when it comes to the amount you have to invest. I wanted to see if I could reduce the initial investment.

After some research, I realized that Godaddy.com was one of the most used places when it comes to these services, but I didn’t like their philosophy at all: I felt their site was messy, I was being sold all sorts of products constantly, and I wouldn’t call that home no matter how many beers you pay me.

Also, I was very comfortable at my hosting company, hostgator.com, they were solid and reliable, and it wasn’t expensive at all. I had all I wanted over there.

So, I tried something: what if I keep my hosting, but I register at Godaddy. Was that even possible?

Sure it was, and when I tried, I realized that I saved a few dollars for each domain registration. It was not much, but hey, why should I pay those extra dollars for the same service.

Discounts

I also looked for discounts that could reduce even more my investment in new sites. So, I looked for ways to get those for myself and allow others to profit from the same benefits. And I did, which saved me even more money, which I had to pay upfront everytime I wanted to start a new site.

You’ll find these discounts here, when I offer what I think is the best way to get hosting services.

Hosting

I stronly recommend hostgator. It is one of the big players in the game, they are very affordable (down to 3-4 USD per month), they are very reliable (you can’t be one of the longest standing hosting services providers if you don’t take care of your customers), and they are fully featured.

I don’t think that you could ask for much more.

You can read this review of hostgator that I wrote not so long ago, in case that you’re interested in the details.

THE FORMULA

Here’s the formula, it’s very simple yet it is a combination that most people tend to miss out on:

1) Get your hosting space from hostgator.com.

This is your campbase, your home, where all your sites will take shelter. In other words, you will be storing your files in here. I also have created some resources on how to set up a website very easily.

This step will take only 3-4 USD a month, although I strongly recommend going for the medium plan, which costs around 7 USD/month, but it will allow you to have any number of sites up and running under the same roof.

Before ordering, you will find useful these discount codes, that will apply a discount upon the total sum at the end of your purchase. Choose whatever suits you best.

  • SECRETBONUS994 –> $9.94 OFF the total invoice
  • SECRETBONUS25 –> 25% OFF the total invoice
  • RESELLERSECRETBONUS –> 24.94 OFF reseller packages
If you don’t know how to use those, I have this video explaining the process step by step.

2) Get your domain name.

Here you just go over Godaddy.com and purchase your domain name of choice. Very simple, uh?

However, remember that you can Get up to 5 new .COMs, $5.99 per year, that’s a good deal, right?

Here you have saved around 7 dollars, which is the difference for the average .com domain at other companies and Godaddy, who offers a very competitive price.

How to link your domain name to your hosting service at hostgator? Very easy: when you purchase your domain name, you will be asked about the redirects you want to use. Just add the ones that hostgator specifies and you’re good to go.

And that’s it!! It is that simple!! You have saved like 15 USD for exactly the same services, and you can keep saving money if you purchase more domain names, you shouldn’t pay more for the same services.

3) BONUS

If you want to get more out of my formula, I have something more to tell you. I offer some coaching for those new marketers and webmasters that decide to suscribe to my list.

I tend to offer similar bonus over time, some discounts and offers that might interest someone starting off, pieces of advice and tools recommended to get you started. That’s what you’ll be suscribing for.

If you would like to give it a try, please go here and subscribe to our newsletter

No need to pay anything, no need to buy anything, this is a free service for people wanting some extra juice out from my services.

STILL DOUBTFUL?

Don’t know what to do? Doubts are popping up in your mind? Just go ahead and ask whatever you want, put your questions in the comments below and I will answer you as soon as possible.

Want me to assist you? I have a coaching program going on, in which I assist new webmasters and do the work myself while showing you the process. Just suscribe to my list and you will find how to contact me and maybe I can coach you, set up your site and help you out.

I hope this helped,

Daniel.

Justhost Coupons

Hello, there!!

Looking for Justhost.com coupons to redeem and get the best from your webhosting provider? You’re on the right spot, here we update regularly so you get the best working coupons.

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Remember that if you want to be updated on new coupons, you have questions or you need help, you can send us an email to daniel at mywebhostingbonus.com and we will be more than glad to help you out.

>> CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TESTED AND WORKING JUSTHOST COUPONS <<

There is one coupon currently active with JustHost. Receive one free domain registration and the special promo price of $3.25/mo with any of JustHost’s current hosting plans.

>> COUPON CODE: FREEDOMAIN << (Get your hosting at $3,25 and one free domain name!!)

FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

1) Click on this link to activate the coupon:

>>FREEDOMAIN promo code<<

2) Once you’ve done that, you click on “SIGN UP” on their site and you will see how the coupon code “FREEDOMAIN” is already set up and it will grant you a free domain name.

3) Then proceed to purchase your hosting space and you’ll have one free domain.

We test all JustHost coupons before they are posted to the site. Because of that we guarantee that these are the best promo codes currently available. If for any reason you are unable to use one of these coupons, just send us a message and we will work with JustHost to ensure you receive your discount.

If you have any question or doubts, don’t hesitate and send us an email to daniel at mywebhostingbonus.com and we will help you out with anything you might need.

We’re here for you!!

Cheers,

Daniel.

Bluehost Coupons

Hello!! Looking for Bluehost coupons? Well, Bluehost rarely release coupons, they are a strong company and their sales don’t rely on coupons that much. However…

BLUEHOST CURRENT PROMOTION

We want to promote Bluehost services, since we consider that they are a very reliable hosting services company and we are pretty confident about their services and hosting plans, hence our current promotion.

Up until March the 9th (included), we are offering a $10 discount if you get your hosting services with Bluehost by using our link.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

1) First, click on the image below, it will take you to Bluehost:

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2) When done, just send us an e-mail to daniel@mywebhostingbonus.com along with the domain name that you’ve used to register, and we will send you the 10 bucks through paypal.

Special disclaimer:

– The promotion is valid ONLY when you’re purchasing for the first time the Bluehost services.
– The promotion is valid ONLY when you’re using the hosting services and pointing your domain names to it.
– Promotion expires on March the 9th!!!

If you have any question or doubt, please contact us at daniel@mywebhostingbonus.com .

HOSTING BONUS FOR ARTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

Welcome!!

One of the main reasons for new artist to struggle when trying to find new clients for their services is that they don’t look professional enough, they look like art students trying to “make it”, and they find themselves trying to find “serious” (paying) customers.

When I found out about this weakness on my own strategy, I built my own portfolio in a professional way instead of just using tumblr or any other free blogging plataform, and my sales skyrocketed, and finding clients was easier because I had a professional appearance to justify my fees.

I strongly believe that if you want to be a professional, you should look professional. To do so, you need a professional-looking presence on the internet.

We are commited to help you on this, and this is why we have composed this exceptional pack of  bonuses that is meant to help you build your own professional portfolio.

Mind that if you have any question or doubt, we are here to help you. Just post them in the comments below, and I will ask them personally.

Here’s how we are going to help you:

PRE-BONUS:

Learn our recommended method to build up a portfolio from scratch in this article, you will need to know how to put everything together. Although again, if you need any help, just ask for it and we will assist. See the fourth bonus to know more 😉

If you want to do it yourself, we provide easy steps to do it and achieve a professional l0ok. In there you will learn a step by step method on how to set up your site, install all that is needed to build and obtain a full featured portfolio with many utilities to easily upload and show your work.

Besides, if you need further assistance, just leave me a message below and I will be happy to help or even finish the installation for you if needed. I really want to help you on this.

BONUS PACKAGE

Now, let’s go for several bonuses gathered from around the web that will help you in many ways to set up your portfolio.

FIRST BONUS: DISCOUNT COUPONS TO PURCHASE YOUR HOSTING

In mywebhostingbonus we recommend that you get some hosting services to host your website. A hosting service costs around $5 dollars a month, which is inexpensive and provides all the features needed for someone to have a strong and reliable website.

Hostgator hosting discount coupons: $9.99 dollars discount from the total OR 25% OFF the total!!

I you don’t know about hostgator, learn more here.

SECOND BONUS: A PACKAGE WITH 10 FREE TO USE PORTFOLIO THEMES

WordPress needs a “theme” to adopt a certain web design. This way, you can change the whole appearance of your site just by applying a new theme. In this second bonus, we will offer 10 of these themes so you can pick your preferred design for your portfolio.

No need to go around hunting for new themes if you don’t want to, we offer this package containing 10 themes that you can use out-of-the-box, and change the appearance of your portfolio to whatever suits you better.

If you want to take a sneak peak on some of the themes contained in the package, just take a look at these already installed themes, you will appreciate the quality of this web design.

Snapshot Portfolio

Smashing Multimedia

SharpFolio

These are just three of them. It’s 10 in total, and you get them all at once, ready to be used.

THIRD BONUS: FREELANCER PLUGINS

“Freelancer WordPress”:Wordpress allows you to install little add-ons known as plugins. In here we have packed a good deal of them that will help you in bussiness. These features, when the plugins are installed, are built-in within the WordPress control panel.

Features:

– Create Invoices: Great for freelancers that have to send out invoices to their clients.
– Show Testimonials: Very important feature is to be able to show testimonials, this plugin will help you on that.
– Time tracking tools: Plugins that allow you to track the time that you spend working, which is essential.
– Availability calendar
– SEO tools
– Newsletter tools
– And much more!!

FOURTH BONUS: WE DO THE INSTALL FOR YOU

In case that you are going for our suggestion to get the hosting with hostgator, we can do all the portolio setup for you.

This includes:

– Hosting configuration.

– WordPress configuration.

– Theme setup

– Plugin setup and configuration.

This fourth bonus is meant to help those of you who get a new hosting account with hostgator. If this is not your case, of course you can benefit from our bonuses, get the other three bonuses for free and no restriction applied, but this fourth one would be out of reach.

To get this bonus, send us an e-mail to admin at mywebhostingbonus.com, we will do our best to help you.

HOW DO I GET ALL THIS??

Easy, just add your e-mail below and you will be getting everything right away, no questions asked, no money needed. How cool is that?

Besides, the intention is to improve these bonus and add more stuff over time. So, you will be getting news about these new bonus and even if you already have your portfolio up and running, you will get the new bonuses anyway!!

Add your e-mail address in the box and claim your stuff: