The best free hostings to host your website in 2020

Have you finally made up your mind? Are you thinking of creating your own website but still don't know where to start? If your resources are limited (or null) you may have even considered setting up your blog or store on a free server or hosting, and the truth is that it is not such a bad idea, although it certainly has its positive and negative aspects.

When I set up this website a little over 5 years ago, I started with a budget of zero euros, hiring a free hosting and domain. Then when I started to take the project a little more seriously was when I decided to migrate to a paid server, but for a while the truth is that it worked quite well for me.

The pros and cons of using free hosting

Free hosting services have their advantages and disadvantages, although if you are thinking of starting a consistent and long-lasting project you may want to save yourself a few headaches. If you have a budget, even if it is very low, you should consider investing it in a paid hosting since the disadvantages of having a free server for your website in the long run are quite evident. Something that you do not realize, unfortunately, until you are deep in the mud….

  • Limited resources: If you hire a free hosting, it is most likely that you will not get more than 1GB of space to host your website. There are services that offer you unlimited storage, but they almost always have a "trick" and the performance they offer leaves a lot to be desired. Considering the weight of today's images and videos, it's likely that those megabytes of free storage will run out sooner than you expected.
  • Low performance: Almost all free hosting services work the same, with a lot of web pages hosted on the same physical server sharing CPU, RAM and bandwidth with the rest of webmasters. This means that your page will have a very limited performance, and it is most likely that it will freeze -very often- when one of the people with whom you share the server consumes too many resources or causes a technical failure.
  • Bad positioning in Google: Search engines like Google give a higher importance to websites that are hosted by quality hostings or with a good reputation, since they understand that they are more likely to have better quality content. In addition, search engines penalize websites that have low performance, which is a problem as we have commented in the previous point.
  • Monetization issues: This does not happen with all free hostings, but it is a more or less widespread rule. The hosting does not allow us to add ads to monetize our page, and many times they even inject their own advertising to obtain an economic return.
  • Your page does not belong to you: Depending on the terms and conditions of the contract, the page and the content on it (in which you have invested hundreds of hours) may be the property of the host. Which can lead to problems if at any given time we want to close the page or sell it to an interested buyer.

The best free hosting services in 2020

In spite of everything, if you are still interested in hiring free hosting, these are some of the best alternatives that you can find in the market today.

1- Infinityfree

A company that has been in the market for more than 6 years, earning a good reputation for its free web hosting services. It offers unlimited storage and bandwidth as well as a server downtime rate of 0.01%, 400 MySQL databases and 1 FTP account maximum.

They also have free DNS service, free SSL certificate and free Cloudflare CND. On the negative side, it should be noted that its loading times are not very good. Which, depending on the type of project we want to host, may not be too relevant (or yes).

  • Storage: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Domains: Unlimited
  • Email accounts: 10

Enter Infinityfree

2- X10Hosting

One of the most reputable free hostings in recent years. The company has been offering these types of services for years: quick and easy setup, good specifications and access to more than 200 automatic installers that will help you get your website up and running in a few minutes. The performance is also the best when it comes to free hosting. Use cPanel control panel.

  • Storage: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Ads: Free
  • Domains: 2 subdomains
  • Email accounts: 3

Enter x10Hosting

3- Byethost

Byethost is a company that offers very well worked free hosting services. Thanks to their premium paid services, they manage to finance this type of free plans while maintaining a high level of quality without tricks or strange contraindications. They also have free technical support and consultation forums.

Do not expect a quick answer - remember that you are not paying a penny - but at least they will help you solve your first problems, something that for a newbie can be a crucial help. The control panel used is VistaPanel.

  • Storage: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Ads: Free
  • Domains: Unlimited
  • Email accounts: 5

Enter Byethost

4- Sites.Google.com

A good place to ride a personal website or for your small business. Like most Google products, this free service that has been active since 2008 allows us to easily build our own website. It has responsive templates, drag and drop tools, embedded HTML and Javascript and integration with other services such as Google Drive, Google Maps, and others. Google also offers us a free subdomain and SSL certificate, although the use of Adsense ads to monetize the site is not allowed.

The style options are also quite restricted, there is no possibility to add custom CSS and we are limited to the use of Google Fonts. On the positive side, its data upload and upload times are better than average.

  • Storage: Unknown
  • Bandwidth: Unknown
  • Ads: Free but cannot be monetized
  • Domains: Unlimited
  • Email accounts: Gmail

Enter Sites.Google.com

5- Googiehost

Be careful not to be confused with Googlehost. Although its name can be a bit misleading and its website is not the clearest of all nor does it inspire much confidence, the truth is that it offers a fairly decent free hosting service. The hosting is managed through cPanel and it is also compatible with Cloudflare, it allows 2 to create up to 2 FTP accounts and 2 MySQL databases.

It currently hosts more than 165,000 web pages, and although it does not embed ads on its clients' web pages, it does put advertising in the cPanel control panel (something quite acceptable if we take into account that this panel is only visited by us).

  • Storage: 1GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Domains: 1 domain and 2 subdomains
  • Ads: Free
  • Email accounts: 2

Enter Googiehost

6- 5GBFree

With that name you can get an idea of ​​what they offer: 5GB of free storage space on a server to mount your web project. The truth is that it is difficult to know for how long they will be able to maintain the conditions of this service, but at least for now it works really well, being one of the most powerful free hosting alternatives that we can find on the net.

Previously, they used to force us to add ads on websites with free plans, something they stopped doing in 2014. If you discarded them for this reason, you will be happy to know that now you can monetize your website without any type of imposition. Highly recommended.

  • Storage: 5GB
  • Bandwidth: 20GB / month
  • Ads: Free
  • Domains: None
  • Email accounts: None

Enter 5GBFree

7- FreeHostingNoAds

The name says it all: a free hosting service without ads. The company is a subsidiary of Runhosting, a hosting with a certain prestige, and what it offers is a small portion of what we will find in its premium paid version. 1GB of storage, 5GB of maximum monthly traffic and the possibility of integrating up to 3 subdomains.

The control panel is managed via Zacky Tools Installer, which is quite limited and only allows the installation of automatic WordPress, Joomla or Grav packages. If we want to install our own page by hand we can also do it, but in this case we must bear in mind that the maximum upload size per file is only 15MB.

  • Storage: 1GB
  • Bandwidth: 5GB / month
  • Ads: Free
  • Domains: 3
  • Email accounts: 1

Enter FreeHostingNoAds

8- 000Webhost

The service is promoted with the message that they offer web hosting with PHP, MySQL, cPanel and all without ads. Where is the trick? Yes, they have some of the best load times in the free hosting industry, but this all comes at a cost and limitations.

The main one is that its percentage of falls is 0.3%, which may seem little, but that indicates that more or less once a week our page will be offline for an hour. If you have enough traffic or clients each week you will lose part of that audience and its corresponding profits. In any case, if due to the nature of your project this is something that does not affect you, do not hesitate to take a look.

  • Storage: 300MB
  • Bandwidth: 3GB per month
  • Ads: Free
  • Domains: 1 subdomain maximum
  • Email accounts: 0

Enter 000Webhost

9- Free Web Hosting Area

The truth is that their website is a bit outdated, which does not prevent their service from being one of the most decent even today. An interesting detail of Free Web Hosting Area is that they offer free daily and weekly backups, something for which you usually have to pay. Also, accounts are never canceled as long as we receive at least 1 visitor each month.

If we have little traffic we will get rid of the ads, but once a certain threshold is passed, we will see that the hosting begins to show ads on our website. Something that we can avoid by upgrading to a very cheap subscription of $ 12 per year.

  • Storage: 1.5GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Ads: Variable
  • Domains: 1 subdomain
  • Email accounts: None

Enter Free Web Hosting Area

10- AwardSpace

Hosting company with more than 2.5 million clients and 17 years of experience in the sector. They offer free 100% ad-free web hosting, 24 × 7 technical support, and automatic one-click installs (WordPress / Joomla). Where is the catch?

On the one hand we have a very important space limitation (something quite common in this type of platform), although what worries the most are their terms of service where everything seems to indicate that we give them authorization to sell our data to third parties. However, its biggest problem is not that, and it is that as with 000Webhost, the average time of service downtime is 1 hour per week.

  • Storage: 1GB
  • Bandwidth: 5GB
  • Domains: 4 maximum
  • Ads: Free
  • Email accounts: 1

Enter AwardSpace

And that's all! If you know of any other free web hosting service that is worth it, do not hesitate to visit the comments area.

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