25 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Having a Free Website

There are a lot of free website companies out there and if you Google the term free website, you will find no shortage of companies that will fulfill your ‘free’ wishlist. Do a Google search for “free website” and you’ll get back pages of results, all offering you a quick and easy solution for building your website without spending a cent.

A free website seems a logical solution for saving a lot of $$$$ for small businesses including home-based businesses.  Many people feel that the cost of having someone else do their website just isn’t justified and the cost savings of a free website is the first place they start. Is free REALLY free?  The saying, “You get what you pay for” definitely pertains to free websites.

Once you sign up for the website called”free website, slowly you will start finding its limitations and you will discover that having a free website is not a good idea at all. There may be many reasons when one wants to start a website/blog to make the cost low as a beginner.Here are the 25 serious points you should know before starting a free website.

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Having a Free Website

1. They are extremely slow websites

Most of the free website hosting providers stores so many websites (hundreds and thousands) at a single place which makes the website to slow and unresponsive. Having a free website always a bad experience for the users and reduces the Search Engine visibility.

2. They look unprofessional.

When you signup for a free website, you don’t get your own domain name. Whether you’re marketing yourself or your business, having a website address like newworld.freewebsite.com is not going to make a great first impression. Visitors to your website and potential customers would find it quite difficult to take your website seriously.

3. Nothing is never usually free

No-one is going to give you space on their web server (where you place websites) without some sort of compensation. If you aren’t paying for hosting, you are probably going to be paying them in some other way. This involves providing a service for free initially and then starting charging a few months down the road. By that point, you’ll have got used to using the service and it’ll be a hassle to change so you’ll probably just pay up.

4. Hidden charges for free website

One of the other tricky aspects of these freemium services is that they often work out to be more expensive than just using a paid service in the first place. Some of them charge their users for additional services like image hosting, email accounts, FTP access, website transfer, etc. These charges are often outrageously high.

5. Search engines won’t rank your website

How often when you are searching google to you see websites like newworld.freewebsite.com. Not much! It is going to be hard to get your website found in search engines with a free website builder.

6.If your site goes down, you’ll also lose your domain.

If you had a website like newworld.freewebsite.com you’re probably not sobbing over the loss of your domain anyway. But with your domain, also goes any SEO benefit that you’ve built up over time. If you had a decent page rank or page authority, you’ll have to start from scratch.

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7. Irrelevant advertisement on your website

Most of the free website services are supported by advertisement models. They will be getting paid for your content writing and hard work because you are in their cage “free website”. In some cases, your competitors start advertising on your website and take your visitors to their website used by the advertisement which you cannot control on a free website. This not only looks ugly in most cases, but you may even end up advertising one of your competitors.

8. They might even use your content.

It’s unthinkable that you would be renting a house for free without providing something for the owner. The same goes for a free website and in some cases, the content you upload is considered “payment” for hosting it. Make sure you check the small print – once you’ve uploaded content to a site, it’s possible that you’ve agreed to give up your ownership rights.

9. They can shut down your website

Free hosts are notorious for pulling websites for a host of dubious reasons and no matter how much you protest, they don’t have to put it back up. If they shut down a website, they usually don’t give your data or provide you a way to save your content. Once it does go down, your content is probably gone for good – or they’ll charge you to bring it back.

10. These companies can disappear at anytime

At any time, the free website company can decide to pack up their business and go. They would simply shut down their servers, and you will loose your website and all the data. Their terms of service give them full legal protection to do so.

11. The owners may sell your contact details.

As well as using your email for their own purposes, it’s not unheard of for companies to sell lists to other marketing companies. Make sure you read the small print and that your details aren’t being sold on.

12. You will lose your site address

If they decide to close the service or shut down your website, then you will loose your web address. Most of the time it is a subdomain associated with the service. You cannot replicate that address or redirect users to your new site elsewhere.

13. Search engines give less priority to free domains.

Free websites are usually considered to be less important and come up lower in the listings. Whole domains may even be penalized if there are a lot of websites on them considered to be spam (which is a high probability for a free service).

14. They’re difficult to customize.

Sometimes you may be able to change the colors or fonts on a template or theme and upload a header graphic, but that’s about as far as it goes. When you need total control. 

15. No WordPress

Many of these free services do not allow you to install WordPress on your free website. WordPress requires a little more resources than a free website service can afford. Even if they allow you to host WordPress, their servers are simply not capable of running it. You will come across many errors, and it will ruin your WordPress experience.

16. You can’t make money from your website.

Thinking about making a bit of extra cash by putting adverts on your website? Check the site rules and you’ll probably find this is forbidden – if there’s any money to be made off your site, it certainly won’t be coming to you.

17. Other websites will look the same.

The problem with having a free template website is that there are hundreds of other people all using the same design. Don’t expect your site to look any different from all the rest.

18. Backups are difficult.

When you have a self-hosted website it’s easy to backup your files by making sure they’re saved to your computer or by using a backup service. With free websites, this is less easy and it’s often impossible to backup properly at all.

19. Limited bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of data transferred from server to user browser. It costs money and most free websites come with a very limited bandwidth caps.

20. Low disk storage

Free website companies host hundreds of websites sharing same server and hard disks. They usually give you very limited storage to store your data. When you reach that limit, you are often asked to pay for more storage.

21. Limited design choices

Unlike a self-hosted WordPress site where you can choose from thousands of WordPress themes, free websites offer only a handful of poorly designed templates.

22. No customer service

These free websites offer no help to users. You will have to setup your site on your own with the help of very limited and poorly presented documentation. You are pretty much on your own if you can’t figure it out.

23. Analytics are limited or nonexistent

In order to grow your website, it’s important to know how many people are visiting your site and where they are coming from. With free websites, it’s common for this information to be limited or for there to be no analytics available at all.

24. You can’t make money from your website

Thinking about making a bit of extra cash by putting adverts on your website? Check the site rules and you’ll probably find this is forbidden – if there’s any money to be made off your site, it certainly won’t be coming to you.

25. File uploading is limited

While you can upload files to a self-hosted site via FTP, with free services you’ll usually be limited to a web-based interface. These are often a pain to use and very limited so you may only be able to upload one file at a time or files that are within a certain size.

The ideal solution, which offers you complete control and customization is to have a self-hosted website on a platform like WordPress. Not only can you make your site look and work exactly how you want it to, but you also keep complete ownership of your content and have full control over security and backups.

I hope this article helps you To get a better understanding why to use/not a free website and its problems.

Hey, Kanti here, Owner of Thelifetech.com, trying to learn as much as I can.. I'm a blogger, writer, graphic designer and SEO enthusiast. I love to share my knowledge with others through blogging. Enjoy reading and want to listen from you too. Read more about me...


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