I’m sure as soon as I post this, I’m going to get a lot of feedback from others suggesting other great free hosting sites…and I welcome the feedback!  I’ve been looking for a free hosting site that allows me to have a “work lab” for a number of experiments that I’m currently working with that involve the Internet.  Because I want to leave my bandwidth at a maximum for the readers and subscribers of MusTech.net, I don’t want to do some of experiments at this site and reduce the experience of the users here.

I came across one of the fastest and full functioning cluster based web hosting service I’ve found to date a couple of weeks ago: http://freehostia.com.  If you are a looking for a feature rich, free host that doesn’t bombard you with advertisements or banners (bannerless) and provides you with REAL tools such as Perl, PHP, and MySql databases this might be a host solution for you.  

If you are person that doesn’t need a whole lot of customization capability and are not tech-savvy, I’m still recommending http://wordpress.com and http://blogger.com  for your web log hosts.  You can be up and running on them in about 5-10 minutes. 

If you are a person looking for more control and more high-end Internet web applications AND don’t want to pay for it as you are trying these things out then… I suggest giving freehostia.com a try.  It’s one of the only free hosts that I know that provide MySql, Perl, PHP and complete FTP support.

Here are some of the features of the site that are completely free:

  • 250 MB of Storage
  • 5 GB of monthly bandwidth
  • 3 POP3 accounts
  • 1 MySQL database with 10 MB dB space
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • PHPMYadmin
  • 2 domain support
  • 10 subdomain support
  • SSL support
  • SSI support
  • Automatic  Backups
  • Detailed Stats
  • and more!

I’m pretty impressed with the speed of the site as well.  They are using Dual P4 Xeon as the minimum server configuration and have a 100MBit per connection to each server with a 99.9% uptime guarantee.  If you are looking for a lot more, they have plans starting at $1.99 U.S. per month. 

I am going to continue with my host site for MusTech.net, but will be looking into some paid options with FreeHostia in the future for other endeavours.  I had a lot of problems with bluehost.com back in November when I tried to switch over to it.  The bandwidth and the space were not an issue with bluehost, but the CPU clock time allocations we’re literally bringing my site to a halt.   Any others out free hosts out there that you like? 

             Dr. Joseph M. Pisano

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