Complete novices attracted to the idea of starting a blog may well veer towards a completely free option, like Blogger or the free WordPress site, after all, there’s no financial outlay so less pressure to maintain it if you get bored. Plus you need absolutely zero tech knowledge either, it’s just a case of type, post and you are done.
However, while these points are obviously true there’s much more to consider if you plan to make a real success of your blog, and however tempting they are, free hosting is not the way to go.
Below we explain why not to use free Java hosting.
The major drawbacks to blogging with a free host
- Free sites are not taken as seriously in ranking terms, making it harder to get valuable web research engine exposure.
- You don’t have any ownership rights over the content, and it could be removed at any time with no comeback by the owner of the host.
- You may find your site loads slowly, a consequence of sharing a free resource.
- Most free hosts ban any kind of commercial activity, from selling your products through to hooking up with Google ads or accepting paid guest posts/promotions.
- There’s limited freedom to customize the way your blog looks.
But still you don’t have money, you can try this list of Free blogging platforms.
Affordable hosted options
It’s a shame that people choose a free blog host because they imagine the cost of a paid hosting site is horrendous. In reality, there are lots of good hosting providers offering several levels of paid services, so there’s something to suit all budgets.
Here we look at good alternatives to free sites which are both affordable and easy to use, so well worth using from the very beginning of your blogging career.
Javapipe is the first choice for Java-based sites, with an attractive entry package starting from less than $6 a month! This includes adequate space for storage and bandwidth for traffic, and upgrades to bigger options are only a couple of dollars more. Unlike free sites, you won’t have the worry of slow loading times driving traffic away, or having to wait weeks for a response from customer service.
A basic hosting plan on shared servers comes in around $6 a month, and for this, you get 24/7 customer support, a WordPress installation option, and sometimes also a free domain name too.
A good option if you want to use a VPS (Virtual Private Server), rather than use a shared server, Soladrive promises 99.9% uptime for around $29 a month, though there are similar companies around with a lower fee.
Suggested: Difference between shared and dedicated hosting.
This company offers an impressive four levels of packages of fully managed web hosting, and even the smallest (under $4 a month) is worth looking at. Pay for 6 months or more and get a free domain name.
Overall, there really is no great advantage to starting off on a free blog site unless you are sure it will only ever be a private or hobby activity. Otherwise, a paid hosting service is pretty much essential.