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Free web hosting with a domain name?

Free web hosting with a domain name?

I don’t see any reason why you should not. But that said, I suggest you dig out some reviews of this company on the web. Find out what other people are saying about its web hosting plans. The company might be a well know and trusted domain registrar but its hosting service might not be at par with the competition:

  • Expensive hosting packages
  • A limited number of features on offer with hosting packages
  • Customer service and technical support unfriendly or uncooperative
  • A low uptime guarantee

Note: Remember to read the important features in the web hosting plan before choosing it.

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Because of so much competition in this sector, companies offer free web hosting with a domain name and also vice-versa. These are no doubts very tempting offers but you need to look at the bigger picture. Though, a domain name is your online identity, your website is your online presence and a good web hosting server is essential for the upkeep of your presence and hence your identity.

So free web hosting with domain name is a neat option only if the web hosting package serves your needs and supports the growth of your website. Make sure that the free web hosting provided with the domain name is as good, if not better, than packages offered for purchase from other companies. As I have mentioned above, a free web hosting package should not have stripped down features especially the all-important uptime guarantee and customer support.

If you are planning to get your web site developed by a professional company, do consult them before the purchase. They might have some specific demands such as server-side languages or database support. For instance, the developer would need the PHP and MySQL (database) if the web site shopping cart has been developed in these.

FYI, there is no major advantage in procuring both the domain name and web hosting from one company except that you have lesser paperwork (one less invoice). If you find an attractive web hosting package (refer my list of recommended reliable web hosting companies) from another company, go for it. There is too much of competition in the web hosting industry and companies would almost kill to get your business.

Remember, a domain name and web hosting are different entities. Domain name is just a name quite like the name of your company. Web hosting is the hard disk space on a web server that you take on rent which is akin to taking an office space on lease. You can shift your office to any location you want… the name remains with you.

Bravenet offers free web hosting with a domain name. Though they price domain names a bit higher than other companies, the web hosting comes free and is loaded with some great features. Bravenet also provides free web tools and software such as guestbook, FAQ page, email scripts etc. (there are too many to list here) that you can easily integrate on your website. On the whole, Bravenet is a good choice choice for beginners and startups who want to launch their website quickly.

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