If you want to start a business whether online or offline you need investment, it can be the investment of time or money or maybe both. Consider an offline business says one is wishing to open up a shop what he need is money for inventories, manpower etc. Similarly, blogging is one kind of online business and you need investment for it as well.
But the beauty of the internet is that the hosting, domain names are available in low cost so, this is not such a big deal for investment. In my opinion, if you are planning to open up your online business at least go with your own domain name. Why successful blogger having their websites names like “MyWebsite.com”, “MyWebsite.co.uk”
instead of having “MyWebsite.blogspot.com” etc.
If you are getting something for free it doesn’t mean that you are getting the quality product. Always the cost reflects the quality. Today, people keep sucking for “free things”, “promo codes”, “special offers”, “buy one get one/two free” etc. Though the market is running with the high competition we cant get the quality product for the lowest cost. People used to shop with at-least some bargaining and end up with false thinking that we bought a quality product for such a less price.
Initially, every blogger starts their blog on free web hosting and domain name. What every blogger wants is high traffic on the blog and money from their blog. At the beginning blogger does not believe in the paid packages of web hosting they think why should I waste my money if already free hosting is available? According to me, a serious blogger should never think of it. There might be some blogger who thinks if the hosting providers are providing free hosting then why they are also providing paid packages? why successful bloggers are choosing paid packages? If you are such blogger and confuse? don’t worry here are some of the reasons that will clear you why should avoid free web hosting.
If you are using free hosting, it might happen that you are trying to load your site and what you found is 404 error, Got stuck? Don’t worry, for avoiding such thing I suggest you avoid free web hosting. Free web hosting providers also have paid packages. Paid users are having the priority over the free users. While hosting your site read the
terms and conditions carefully, you will see that the service providers can delete your content it might be for reasons only but you will never know the reason. Also, you need to wait longer for uploading your files than the paid users.
As per my experience, the free services are recommended only for getting started with your website, to understand how to promote your contents etc. This kind of service is worst option for those who want to make something from a website, earn money by providing efficient contents and services. Investing at beneficial in a proper way is a very good idea.
If you clearly read the term and conditions of the free hosting service providers you will find that legally you do not own your own site. You can not share, sell or even transfer your blog to others. Blogger does not allow you to take ownership of your own space that’s why you can not sell your own blog.
If you caught secretly selling your blog, the blogger will close your blog and will remove from the search engine.
The service provider can not guaranty the safety of the blog’s contents. The data is insecure, there may be the chances of getting data hacked, removed etc. I remember incident happened with one of my friends, having free hosting for his website. The provider was providing free web hosting. Including my friend, most of the blogger started their online business with that provider. Provider’s server was hacked by some hackers and some days after hacking, they sent an email containing the message “we are sorry as we could not get back your content”. If he would be a paid user he might not have became the victim of such crash.
Free service providers may terminate their free service anytime. They can decide on their own and close the free service as there is no bond of the service with the free web hosting. Before terminating service, as per terms and conditions they undoubtedly will inform you to move content on the new server. If your domain is already hosted they may allow you to redirect your links to the new domain. But what if they terminate their service, your links become dead and you can not redirect your links.
Hope I have cleared away your confusion about the free web hosting and paid web hosting. I would suggest free hosting for those only who want to understand the world of blogging not for those who want some output from their site. With free hosting, you can easily and without investing a penny understand and get an experience of blogging.