The Best Free Web Hosting Site I’ve Found So Far…

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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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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.

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