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The free stuff often has resource limits and/or inferior customer support.  Also, it might have third-party advertisements.  However, though, for a smaller site and/or one that simply wants unlimited resources (the advertisement filled one would provide that), free could be a good choice - and of course, the biggest perk is well, it's free!

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There are so many out there that only cost a few dollars a month though and you get away from advertisements and stuff that make your site look untrusted or unofficial.  

Keep in mind "unlimited resources" doesn't really mean that, while you may have unlimited disk space and bandwith it's still throttled so not truly unlimited.

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You typically get what you pay for. If you have a small website with almost no traffic or a very efficient website (i.e. does not use a lot of server resources), then a free web host might work for you. But you can get much better hosting at less than $10 a month with tech support and more resources.

For a hobby website, a free web host would probably be okay, but if you are running a business or intend on making money from your website, I would avoid free hosting. 

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When I first started getting into websites, blogs and forums, I actually started off with free web hosting because I just didn't have a way to pay for web hosting and I just couldn't afford premium hosting either as a kid. But I have since moved over to premium hosting since I can now pay for it myself. It's just so much better than free hosting because you don't have to worry about a lot of things. My first free host was 000webhosting which I'm sure a lot of people have heard of, they actually deleted my account randomly one day without warning. I hadn't even broken any of their rules stated in the terms of service. Free hosting can be risky and most of the time the resources that you get just aren't enough.

I could not imagine ever having to go back to free hosting, to be honest.

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In order to find out if free or paid hosting is right for your website, you will need to think the requirements of your website including;

Are you hosting a static or dynamic website? If you just want to just host some HTML files, then most free web hosts should be fine but as a lot of free web hosts limit the amount of CPU and RAM you are allowed to use, this could be a massive issue for larger WordPress blogs.

How much downtime are you willing to suffer? Paid web hosts have an incentive to keep your website online but as with a free web host, as you are not paying them, the host has no reason to get up in the middle of the night to fix server issues.

Are you willing to have bad neighbours? Free web hosts attract spam as the spammers love not having to pay for every time they are kicked off a service. Those bad neighbours could lead to Google giving you a lower rank in the search results.

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I think any paid hosting service is better than any free hosting service. They are not reliable and your site could get deleted anytime. If you also run Adsense through them, they get a large portion of it because that's your way of paying their "free" service.

You'll have more control of your content and revenue on a paid server. :)

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If one is a beginner, starting up with a free hosting seems pretty better and from how events goes, then one can decide to move to paid hosting and get a better service. Also depending on what one is looking for when setting up his site and the kind of niche it's centered on have a huge impact in deciding whether Free or Paid Hosting would be appropriate for the site owner. But if I'm making a choice between the two hosting services, I would strongly go for paid hosting. 

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I am a beginner so in my case, I would choose the free hosting. Maybe later when my website would make a profit I would change on the paid hosting. I know that a paid hosting is better and offer more features but at the moment I cannot afford to pay for it.

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