Since pretty much everyone has their own website nowadays it’s no wonder why there is so many web design and hosting services available and on-demand. One of the most popular scripting languages used to produce web pages is PHP. It’s popular because it’s a universal scripting language and all websites created with PHP are fully compatible with mobile devices such as the iPad or iPhone. A lot of popular websites, like Wikipedia, are written with PHP. Since it’s compatible with other devices it’s only natural to assume that many companies offer PHP hosting services as well as websites that give advice on which hosting platforms to use, how to optimize your hosting or how to maximize your site’s uptime.
Although hosting services you pay for can do a better job, they often don’t offer cost-effective solutions, which is why the usage of free PHP hosting websites has skyrocketed. These websites are budget-friendly but aren’t exactly free because they place restrictions on storage capacity, server speed, and bandwidth. So if you have a tight budget here’s a list of 5 “free” hosting websites:
000webhost.Com is one of the top-rated free hosting websites in the world because it offers impressive speeds. In addition to that, it also has a no-ads policy that adds up to a cleaner and friendlier user experience. Unfortunately, it has a bandwidth limit of 10GB, no e-mail or live chat customer support available as well as an average uptime of just 97.06% which brings an hour of downtime on your website every day.
This is one of the best free web hosting websites since it has over 15 years of experience in the business and is spread across 178 countries. Their most basic plan has 100GB of bandwidth and 10GB of Disk Space, one free e-mail account, 1 FTP user and access to their website builder on offer, along with additional services. On the downside, Hostinger’s user interface is a downgraded cPanel interface called the hPanel.
This web hosting website is one of the relatively new players to the web hosting business. It’s has a small client base of only 200 000 customers, but it has managed to make a reputation for themselves as one of the free web hosts with the most features. It comes with 1 FTP account, a free SSL Certificate with all plans, a free Cloudflare CDN, unlimited bandwidth and storage space and 400 MySQL databases. However, the unlimited storage space and bandwidth come with strict restrictions on the types of files and content you’re allowed to upload and the “unlimited” bandwidth of your site is in fact limited as well.
Awardspace.Com is another free web host on our list with over 15 years of experience and a client base of 2.5 million customers. They offer a 24/7 customer service, one-click CMS installation, a 99% uptime guarantee and ad-free web hosting. On the other side, free users are limited to 5GB of bandwidth and 1GB of storage space. Also, in their Terms of Service, there are a few lines giving them permission to sell your data to third-party vendors.
This free web host is unique in the names it gives to the packages it offers, such as Chocolate Plan, Wildhoney and Lovebeat Plan. They offer load-balanced server clusters, 3 free e-mail accounts and up to 5 hosted domains which makes them stand out in the web hosting world. Unfortunately, they restrict their free users to a mere 6GB of bandwidth, 250MB of storage space together with incredibly slow speeds and unreliable uptimes.