I haven’t actually written anything useful in a while, so I figured I’d write a post that some of you might find to be interesting. Did you know that you can make your own website with free hosting and free domain? And when I say free hosting, I don’t mean on your own server or on something like WordPress.com. And when I say free domain, I don’t mean just a subdomain of another domain. I mean you can get your own web host to install scripts such as WordPress and phpBB, and a free top-level domain (.cf, .ga, .ml, and .tk).
I’ve gone through a lot of free hosing services, and many of them didn’t work. But I did stumble across one that did work, but it won’t be the best hosting in the world being free. Byethost allows you to install many different scripts such as WordPress, Joomla, and phpBB with a limit of 1 GB of storage, 50 GB bandwidth, 10,000 hits, and limited CPU. They even offer a free subdomain. As long as your site isn’t really large or uses a lot of CPU, you should be fine. But if you need more, they have packages starting at $3.99 per month.
Freenom offers four free domain extensions: .cf, .ga, .ml, and .tk. You can register as many free domains as you need for up to 1 year at a time with unlimited free renewals. If you want to register it for up to 10 years, have full rights to your domain (for example, sell it to someone else), or a 1-3 character name, it will cost at least $6.99 per year per domain.
Why hosting and a domain?
However, there are disadvantages to free hosting. You are limited in bandwidth and CPU, and you only get 1 GB of storage. It is also a lot easier to use wordpress.com than installing WordPress on your own host, plus many more disadvantages.
If all you want is to blog and not worry about all the complicated stuff like CSS, Javascipt, forums, advertisements, domains, etc., than stick with WordPress.com. But if you want something more than a simple blog or site, go with your own hosting and domain name.
If you have more questions, you can comment below, and I will probably either reply or make a new post about it. I may also do a video on free hosting and domains hopefully early November.