Free hosting – What you need to know

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Many companies provide a free hosting package that you can use for your website. The problem is deciding which company is best to get started. Finding the right company is crucial as they will be the one to take care of your website. So it’s important to find a company that’s reliable

How and where to look for a free hosting

By searching the keyword ‘free hosting’ on a search engine, a list of companies will show up. However, if you are not happy with your search results, you can always look at popular forums to help you decide. For instance, you may want to consider a forum post about choosing the best free hosting package. You can even ask experienced web designers for some tips and advice on any necessary information. 

Free host with ads on 

First, you must know that free hosts are there to make money. That is why most free host will have ads on your website. Usually, you can’t remove the ads if the host is free.  It’s worth looking around and see what kind of ads they are likely to add. You wouldn’t want some random ad that doesn’t relate to your business.

Data available

The amount of data available for a free package is often limited. So storing large files can be a problem unless you can find free places that host those type of files. For example, if you solely focus on video it is ideal to narrow down your search for video hosting sites.

Reliability and Downtime

Due to being a free service, this means they are most likely to be unreliable. When looking up what’s available, be sure to check the downtime as this will affect traffic in your website. 

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The Pros and Cons of using a Free Hosting

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Many of the web hosting company nowadays offers a free hosting service as a start-up for users. Most of them provide a free hosting to help you make money. Once your website is making money, then you are more likely to upgrade a plan with them in the future. Knowing the pros and cons of a free hosting will help you decide whether it is something you need.

Pros

This type of hosting is popular since it is free to use. Most users are cautious to whether or not they will make money from their website. So most people wouldn’t want to pay for anything just yet. By using the free host, it is a great start to test how far their business can go.

A free hosting company will provide you with experience on how to start a website for your business. Many of them already provide a guide or tutorial to help you set up and start earning money online.

Cons

One of the downsides is you have no full control of your website. For instance, the layout of your site is limited. You can only customise the design on a very basic level. The fact that you do not entirely own the design means your website isn’t transferable, meaning it is harder for you to switch to a different company.

Free hosted sites are unreliable at times especially when the website is down. The downtime means the site won’t be making any money when it is not running.

Bottom line

The pros and cons should help you make a decision whether a free hosting is something that might be useful to you. Overall, a free hosting is a good way to start learning the environment around internet marketing. However, if you’re business is on the way to expanding, you might be better off with a more reliable hosting company.

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How To Create Email Accounts in cPanel

One of the great benefits of controlling your own web hosting is that you can create email accounts that correspond with your domain name. This is a huge advantage if you want to appear more professional, in comparison to giving out an email address that ends in “@gmail.com” or “@outlook.com”, making it obvious that you are only using a generic, free email client. It also means you have full control over the configuration of your inbox and how your email system works. You can also create email logins and assign them to other people, while retaining administrative control.

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Depending on your hosting provider and your choice of package, it’s common to be given cPanel by default as your hosting control panel, along with the capacity to create a certain number of email accounts. This may be unlimited if you are on a decent paid package. cPanel is a great platform for controlling your hosting settings, and creating email accounts is just one of the things made easier with cPanel’s controls. You can follow these steps to create new accounts:

1) Log into your cPanel through the usual means. This may vary depending on whether you have shared hosting or a dedicated server. If the place you log in has changed or you can’t access it, contact your web hosting provider and they will be able to provide you with a link for logging into your control panel.

2) Go to the Email section and click on Accounts.

3) Check your Mailbox Quota to confirm that you have not reached your limit. Remember that email accounts will consume part of your total allocated disk space.

4) Click on the Create Account button.

5) Complete the required fields as instructed, and once you have entered all the necessary data, click Create Account at the end of the form.

After completing these steps, check your new accounts works by choosing one of the available email clients on cPanel, or setting up your own elsewhere. cPanel can usually guide you through the setup of an external client. You can do that by following these steps:

6) Go to your Webmail, which will be located at a link which looks like this (where “example” is replaced with your actual domain): example.com/webmail

7) Log in to the new account that you want to set up.

8) Click on Configure Mail Client.

9) Find the client you wish to use, and access the Protocols.

10) Follow the instructions given or open any files you are given access to. Here you will find the settings you need to set up that particular client and connect it to your email address.

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