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
- 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?