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.