Reviews and expert opinion FreeHosting.host

Ranked 682nd from 2640 Web Hosting
4.3
Ease of Use
4.4
Features
4.4
Pricing
4.0
Support
4.2
Server locations
Dallas
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
This could be the ultimate bait-and-switch. Despite its name, and the fact that it still boasts that you should "stop paying for web hosting," FreeHosting's free hosting is temporarily suspended (at the time of writing) so you have to sign up for a paid plan instead.

Overview

FreeHosting.host

FreeHosting describes itself as a “new and innovative free and professional website hosting service” brought to you by Brazilian company Simple Host Informática. It can’t be that new since it boasts about having created 800,000 websites during 12 years of operation.

True to its name, FreeHosting claims to offer free website hosting services to the US market and other markets around the world. But there’s a catch because the free hosting plans are “temporarily suspended” at the time of writing, so you have to sign up for a paid plan instead.

Features and Ease of Use

FreeHosting.host

FreeHosting’s not-so-free hosting plans are powered by the secure and stable LiteSpeed Web Server that can serve thousands of static web pages with minimal memory consumption. Support for PHP 7 also ensures faster performance than the previous (slower) PHP 5.

Unlike many hosting providers that promise unlimited resources, this host doesn’t deceive you with false promises (apart from the promise of free hosting, of course). It ensures that your websites get guaranteed resources and are protected from the adverse effects of other hosted customers thanks to the use of CloudLinux.

The popular cPanel control panel is provided with hosting plans to make hosting administration easy. Some of the other features you get with hosting plans are:

  • Domains and addon domains
  • FTP account manager
  • Password and security
  • Free email accounts
  • Free SSL certificates
  • MySQL/PostgreSQL
  • PHP 5 to PHP 7
  • Full root access
  • Ability to schedule daily/weekly tasks

The Installatron one-click installer will come in handy when building a CMS website, forum, or database-backed e-store. Just choose one of the 100+ free web apps. Developers can instead build custom apps using programming languages such as PHP 7.

You don’t need to worry about backups since this service uses JetBackup for daily database and file backups that are stored externally. These backups are stored for 30 days and can be restored from the control panel.

Pricing and Support

You can sign up for services on billing cycles from one month to three years, and pay via PayPal. You get one month free when you sign up for yearly hosting, which (at the time of writing) is the only free hosting you get from FreeHosting unless you count the generous 45-day money-back policy that should give you a refund if you want to give up with this host within the first six weeks.

You can summon support by logging into your account and submitting a support ticket, or you can fill out the online contact form. Although FreeHosting’s Facebook account hasn’t been updated for two years, and its forum fares little better, the self-support resources are otherwise surprisingly comprehensive. There is a decent set of self-help tutorials and an FAQ page.

Pricing

4.0

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
10GB
Unlimited
+
20
$5.95
50GB
Unlimited
+
50
$11.95
150GB
Unlimited
+
100
$22.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
200 MB
100 GB
+
5
0
10GB
Unlimited
+
20
$5.95
50GB
Unlimited
+
50
$11.95
150GB
Unlimited
+
100
$22.95
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Bottom line on FreeHosting.host

On the plus side, FreeHosting offers a good range of reliable feature-packed hosting plans backed by a decent set of self-support resources. On the minus side, it doesn’t live up to its name or “free hosting” promises since the free hosting accounts are “temporarily suspended” at the time of writing.

Pros

  • User-friendly control panel
  • High-performance web servers
  • 45-day money-back guarantee
  • Good self-support resources

Cons

  • Limited contact channels
  • No free hosting (despite the name)

Sign up for FreeHosting’s paid hosting plans.

 

Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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