Why You Should Never Opt for Free Hosting

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A free web hosting plan can be a great option for those who want to start a website and may not afford the recurrent web hosting fees. This is especially the case for beginners who are still green in the business and are not ready to make a financial commitment due to uncertainty that their website will repay the amount invested.

Some web programmers may also opt for free web hosting when testing their products. However, there are enough reasons as to why you should never opt for free hosting plans. The biggest drawback in free web hosting is the unavailability of some of the services that the hosting company offers to premium customers. For instance, most free hosting packages do not allow users to install their own scripts such as chat rooms and payment extensions.

Cron tabs, a scheduling daemon that you can use to automatically undertake certain tasks on your website is also not available for free web hosting plans. This means that there will be a limitation on how much you can achieve with your website. Some providers of free hosting may place adverts on your website so as to finance the provision of the hosting service. You do not have control over how much space the adverts will occupy on your web pages.

They may at times lower the usability of your site by making it hard for the reader to locate certain things. Free web hosting accounts are not eligible for the 24 hour customer support that premium account holders enjoy. There is no guarantee of high up-time for your site as the host will scale down the resources available to free accounts when the demand on their servers is high. In some cases, the hosting company may decide to terminate your free account when they realize that they can longer support them. This will force you to upgrade to a premium package or lose your website. From my own experience, I would not recommend free web hosting as it will cause you a lot of problems in terms of the security, reliability and availability of your site.

What Is A CMS?

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What is a CMS? Content management system (CMS) refers to a system that you use to manage a website’s content. While the CMS features vary, they normally include format management, revision control, and web based publishing. The elements of CMS are content delivery application (CDA) and content management application (CMA). The CDA is the element that compiles and uses information from the CMA to update a website.

The CMA element will allow you as a content manager modify, create, or even remove content from the website regardless of your expertise as a webmaster. The CMS features l mentioned serve different functions The web based publishing feature of the CMS allows you to use template(s), wizards, and several other tools to change the web content. The revision control feature will allow you to update new content, track changes made to files, or restore older content. The format management feature allows documents to be formatted into PDF or HTML.

There is also the indexing, search, and retrieval feature. This feature indexes all data within the organization thus allowing anyone to search and retrieve the data from the CMS system. Moreover, a CMS system may also give you tools that you can be able to use for one-on-one marketing. One-on-one marketing is a feature that enables a website to provide content that is then targeted to specific users. You can collect the information of your targets from the user activity on the website.

The information used to target is either provided by the user or determined from the user activity on the website. The one-on-one marketing feature can be very useful to advertisers and the website owner. As a website owner, you will know what the users on your website are interested in. You can then use this information to pitch to potential advertisers on what kind of adverts they can put up on your website.