15 Feb Where to Get Free WordPress Hosting?
To be very clear in starting itself (as your loyal friend), you should not go down this path. There is no benefit whatsoever looking and using free WordPress hosting. I’m not going to just say like that, rather I’ll explain every aspect over here. Since I’ve made my decision of writing this topic, I’ll let you know certain best options available out there. The page here is to help you know where to get free WordPress hosting.
So get ready to know all the facts and also the list of best hosting providers with their descriptions. Let me guess, you wish to know the hosting providers in starting itself, right? I’ll go like that and later will talk about pros and cons. I can assure though that there are no such pros.
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Best Free WordPress Hosting
Simply go through the list I’m including down here and they all provide free hosting service for hosting WordPress blog. Just to ensure that we both are on the same page, we are talking about self-hosted WordPress blog here. We are not at all talking about WordPress.com blog which is by default available without any cost.
If you still not sure which one to choose between self-hosted and WordPress hosted then I can enlighten you a little up (but after the list).
Out of all available options I found, WPNode was the most professional one I can recommend you. It provides 5GB of SSD storage with 1GB of free email and Global CDN features. It can allow you to setup and live unlimited websites and data transfer (practically there is nothing like unlimited here). You got an FTP tool to upload and download files from the website.
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This is the second one that provides free cloud hosting for unlimited websites and almost every feature being offered is labeled as ‘unlimited’. This is the only free WordPress host I found that offers cPanel which is a global control panel. It simply makes setting any website pretty easy. It provides a lot of additional benefits and you can even sign up for its premium version.
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It offers 250MB of storage along with 5k GB of bandwidth (data transfer). It comes bundled with 1-Click WordPress installation feature that is really good. You can use it to setup a free website for you and even create a subdomain (just one).
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Now let us come back to the topic we left in starting (if you’re still interested in learning to create and run a secure blog for the long term).
Self-hosted vs WordPress.com blog
If you don’t wish to worry about hosting and related stuff at all then simply choose the WordPress.com option. It will simply create a blog. You’re allowed to choose a unique domain, but it comes with ‘wordpress.com’ extension.
If you are creating this first blog or may be test one just to start off your blogging career or just to share your knowledge with all your readers, then this option is perfect. You don’t need to worry about having any technical knowledge neither you need to worry about any security or performance issues.
It’s all taken care of automatically. It will be started once you sign up for an account which is just like any other popular social platform. Once done with sign up process, you can choose a domain there and free option (don’t go for paid version unless you’re sure of them, although they may be off your interest) and that’s it. Your first blog is setup and live.
You can login within Dashboard area to manage certain things about and can use this blog to share whatever knowledge you wish every of your follower should be aware of.
On other hand, if you’re good at technical part then go for self-hosted WordPress blog. You need to have a good hosting provider for that. Many popular hosts provides a standard cPanel which offers one-click install tools like SimpleScripts using which the whole WordPress script can be installed and activated automatically (by simply following certain on screen instructions).
You need to pay for hosting and also buy a domain with any TLD (.com, .net, .org, etc.) of your choice. Once setup is done, login with your credentials and start setting up around. You need to have a lot of technical knowledge to get used to of the options you’ll see in there. Although there are various WordPress tutorials available over YouTube and various other blogs over internet (including ours) who can help you get all the knowledge needed. But still you have to be an expert in most common things which will take a lot of practices.
So, WordPress.com is simple but it doesn’t provide freedom of changing even the most common settings rather it simply provides a platform to share knowledge. On other side, self-hosted option provides every freedom with all the features first option provides but requires technical knowledge and you can’t expect it to come without any cost.
Pros and Cons of Free WordPress Hosting
Now let me cover up the topic which I left above. I was just started earlier while writing down pros and cons of any of these free WordPress hosting providers.
First of all they don’t provide any security at all. Your website can go down any time and even the data isn’t secured at all. The database part which is seen one isn’t protected either.
There are high chances of getting malware contents and phishing attacks on your website because these servers don’t take care of any legal authority. You still need to buy a domain but don’t worry about hosting expenses.
They do not offer a simple to operate and professionally designed Control Panel (remember cPanel I was talking about earlier?). So you need to get around there for longer than usual.
With all these cons, there isn’t any pros. The only one I can come up with is that it doesn’t cost you anything but on behalf of that you’re still paying a huge price.
I leave rest over to you now. Peace.
Fahad M RafiqPosted at 10:09h, 16 February
Its great to get free hosting service, but sometime free experience pay you more than expectation.
Brian HPosted at 19:26h, 16 February
You are right paid hosting is far better than free but if any one is serious and their blog/business then of course it is worth investing in a decent host.
That being said there are advantages for free hosting for example, when I am bring on new developers to help out with a project I sometimes host with x10 and give them access. I also use for small niche blog for testing purpose.
In this article Pawan highlights some of the best providers offering free hosting.
Fahad M RafiqPosted at 06:31h, 17 February
For development and testing purpose one can go with a hosting provider that provides unlimited staging URLs. You can host live site and a mirror of that site on a staging URL so you have easy time moving sites around. We have this model on Cloudways where you can also invite team members and give them limited or full access. Try it.
Bright JoePosted at 15:58h, 09 August
Nice article and I would like to suggest 2FreeHosting which is totally free and provides fast servers. This is quite like unlimited and it also supports an Auto Installer which allows you to install your WordPress blog in just seconds. You can check all it’s features and if it meets your requirements, you can choose 2FreeHosting.
Sebastian FratiniPosted at 19:47h, 18 January
Hi! We started also with a free WordPress site at uni.verse.hosting, but eventually moved to their paid service since the difference is always worth it. So far we have had no issues and everything runs great, fast and responsive. Lots of extras too, like plugins, themes, CDN, webmail, ecommerce, etc.
We used to host the website ourselves but eventually decided that it was better to outsource it.