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’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
- 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.