Reviews and expert opinion 5GBFree

Ranked 586th from 2149 Web Hosting
4.3
Ease of Use
4.2
Features
4.2
Pricing
4.7
Support
4.2
Server locations
Orem
Hendrik Human
Hendrik Human
Web Hosting Expert
True to its name, 5GBFree offers completely free (and ad-free) web hosting with 5 GB storage. Its partner provider, Nethosting, offers exceptional value pay-for plans with an SLA and superior support.

Overview

5GBFree

Utah-based 5GBFree has been providing completely free hosting services since 2007, in a bid to fulfill its social responsibility by filling a substantial gap in the market. Several years ago, this provider even stopped placing advertisements on its account holders’ websites, so that its customers could get professional-looking websites for free. In partnership with Nethosting, this company also offers very affordable paid hosting from quality data centers.

5GBFree’s website is in English.

Features and Ease of Use

Since it’s free, you’ll definitely get more than what you pay for with 5GBFree’s hosting packages. However, some of the following features require you to be on a paid plan:

  • 100% SLA-backed uptime guarantee (for paid hosting)
  • Addon and parked domains are allowed
  • Free SSL certificates (for paying customers)
  • Up to 100 GB of storage space
  • From 20 GB free to unlimited monthly bandwidth

“Simple, but robust” is probably the best way to describe 5GBFree’s hosting. The cPanel control panel allows you to access all the essential hosting features such as SSL certificates, multiple domain management, backups, and software installation via Softaculous.

Although this provider offers only two hosting plans, between them, these provide enough resources to cater to the resource demands of most users. And for the bargain basement prices you pay, you get high performance and availability thanks to partner company Nethosting’s Tier 2 and Tier 4 data centers.

Pricing and Support

As its name suggests, 5GBFree offers one of the most generous free hosting plans I’ve seen. It’s quite incredible that you can host a website with up to 5 GB of storage and 20 GB of bandwidth, for free, for as long as you want. This should be sufficient for many personal or small business websites.

The only restrictions are that you get just one FTP account, three SQL databases, no addon domains, and no free SSL certificate or one-to-one support. It should go without saying that at these prices (i.e., free) you don’t also get a free domain.

The alternative paid plan is excellent value-for-money since it comes with 100 GB storage, unlimited bandwidth, email hosting, an SSL certificate, and support. The paid plan provided by sister company Nethosting, and only on annual terms, but you do get a 30-day money back guarantee that gives you some time to change your mind.

Although 5GBFree offers 24/7 phone support to paying customers (via live chat and email), free hosting customers can only seek assistance in a support forum (where support agents are also active). Unfortunately, support staff in the forum often just promise to “look into” issues, so you’ll probably get better service from fellow community members:

Pricing

4.7

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
5 GB
20 GB
-
3
0.00
100 GB
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$2.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
5 GB
20 GB
3
0.00
100 GB
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$2.95
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Bottom line on 5GBFree

5GBFree is the best ad-free free hosting deal in town, and its paid hosting plans (via Nethosting) are pretty good value too.

Pros

  • Completely free hosting package
  • 30-Day money-back guarantee (for paid hosting)
  • SLA-backed 100% uptime (for paid hosting)
  • Tier 2 and Tier 4 data centers

Cons

  • No month-to-month hosting packages
  • Free hosting customers only get forum support and FAQs

For cPanel-powered ad-free free hosting, with paid hosting options, see 5GBFree!

Hendrik Human
Hendrik Human
Hi, I’m Hendrik, your web guru. The only two things you need to know about me are: I love making websites, and I love to write about how to do it. That’s why I’m here - to help make it fun and easy for you too.

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