7 “Best” Free Web Hosting Sites (2019)

John Stevens  — 9 Comments
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Free web hosting isn’t a smart option (very limited).

The popularity of free web hosting has exploded in recent years.

And it’s easy to see why – with all the different expenses required to run a successful website, it’s tempting to try and cut costs wherever possible to stay within your budget.

And what’s more budget-friendly than free web hosting, right?

Well, not exactly…

Free web hosts aren’t always what they market themselves to be. Tight restrictions they place on bandwidth, storage capacity, server speed, and uptimes can make your new site all but unusable.

But don’t worry… we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. In this review, we compare 7 free hosting options to help you find the best fit for your site.

Let’s dive in:

1. Hostinger.com

The Best “Almost-Free” Hosting ($1.45/mo)

Hostinger homepage

Sub-domain included: Yes
Bandwidth: 100GB
Disk Space: 10GB
Support: Live Chat 24/7
Max. Websites: 1
Max. Email Accounts: 1
Uptime & Speed: Very Good
Limitations: See terms of use
Official website: www.Hostinger.com

After nearly 15 years in business and a client base of more than 29,000,000 people spread across 178 countries, Hostinger has become one of the free web hosting industry’s most dominant players.

Ok, so they aren’t technically “free”…

… But at only $1.45/month for their limited shared hosting plan they’re still one of the most budget-friendly web hosts on the market.

With average load times of only 345ms (the second best we’ve ever recorded), they’re also one of the fastest.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Even their most basic plan comes armed to teeth with a whole bag of goodies including:

  • 1 MySQL database
  • 1 FTP user
  • Access to their website builder
  • One click install of WordPress or other CMS
  • A free domain name for 1 year
  • 24/7 customer support (seriously, it’s one of the best)
  • 100GB of Bandwidth and 10GB of Disk Space
  • One free email account

And, if the needs of your site outgrow the limits of their basic hosting plan, you can always upgrade to their premium shared hosting plan and get unlimited websites, email accounts, and bandwidth (not to mention 2x the memory and weekly backups) for less than a pack of gum.

Hostinger pricingFor the entire duration of March, they offer a discount which brings the price down to $0.80/month.

Limitations

One of the only major annoyances we had while reviewing Hostinger is that their user interface doesn’t give you access to a classic cPanel…

Instead, you’ll get a slightly downgraded made-in-house interface called the hPanel.

It’s not our favorite user interface, but – considering the exceptional speeds, customer support, and features – we’re hard-pressed not to hold it against them.

Hostinger’s “shared plan” average uptime and load time in 2018:

2018 Uptime Load Time
April 99.99% 344 ms
March 99.93% 423 ms
June 100% 355 ms
July 100% 332 ms
August 99.98% 349 ms
September 99.89% 318 ms
October 100% 316 ms
November 100% 323 ms

Hostinger 8-month stats

With some of the fastest speeds we’ve ever seen and uptimes on par with those of HostGator’s Cloud, Hostinger is the best “almost free” host that we’ve ever reviewed.

Visit Hostinger.com

…or read our full Hostinger review here.

2. 000WebHost.com

$0/mo – But 1 Hour Offline Each Day

000WebHost Homepage

Sub-domain included: Yes
Bandwidth: 10GB
Disk Space: 5GB
Support: Forum/Knowledge Base
Max. Websites: 1
Max. Email Accounts: 0
Uptime & Speed: Bad
Limitations: See terms of use
Official website: www.000WebHost.com

“Zero cost web hosting with PHP, MySQL, cPanel, and no ads!”.

That’s the marketing slogan of 000webhost.com, Hostinger’s partner company and one of the top-rated free web hosts in the world.

Now, if it sounds just a little too good to be true – IT IS!

Yes, 000WebHost offers impressive speeds (especially for a shared free host) and their no-ads policy makes for a much cleaner and friendlier user experience.

Unfortunately, these two factors alone simply aren’t enough to compensate for the myriad of other limitations.

000webhost free hosting

*Note: It’s worth mentioning that 000WebHost experienced a massive security breach back in 2015 where the private information of more than 13,000,000 customers was leaked.

Limitations

Of the many problems that we experienced while reviewing 000WebHost, none was more prevalent or frustrating than their utterly unusable uptimes.

With an average uptime of only 97.06% you can expect to experience at least an hour of downtime on your site… every. single. day. Think of all the traffic and sales you’ll lose.

To make matters worse, you’re also limited to a mere 10GB of bandwidth, 1Gb of disk space. To top it off, there is no email or live chat customer support to assist you in the (all but certain) event you encounter a problem with their service.

Here’s 000WebHost free plan average uptime and load time in 2018:

2018 Uptime Load Time
April 94.95% 631 ms
March 99.93% 439 ms
June 94.53% 390 ms
July 96.76% 382 ms
August 99.92% 364 ms
September 99.85% 351 ms
October 98.64% 482 ms
November 99.47% 484 ms

000WebHost 8-month stats

Despite having admittedly impressive speeds, with such horrible uptimes and heavy limitations, we cannot recommend 000WebHost to anyone unless it’s an absolute necessity.

3. InfinityFree.net

Most Unlimited Features

infinity free web hosting

Sub-domain included: Yes
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Support: Forum/Knowledge Base
Max. Websites: 400
Max. Email Accounts: 10
Uptime & Speed: Good
Limitations: See terms of use
Official website: InfinityFree.net

With only 200,000 customers, InfinityFree is a relatively small player in the web hosting game.

Despite their small client base, they’ve managed to carve out a reputation for themselves as the most feature-rich free web host on the market.

Even though you will undoubtedly experience some problems with their service, this reputation is well earned.

InfinityFree comes with a free SSL certificate with all plans (a very nice bonus), no front-end ads a free CloudFlare CDN, 10 email accounts, 1 FTP account, unlimited bandwidth and storage space, and 400 MySQL databases. It’s safe to say that InfinityFree gives you a big bang for your unpaid buck.

But when you skim through their terms of service and acceptable use policies, things start to get a little more “interesting”.

Limitations

What InfinityFree doesn’t advertise on their website is that their offers of “unlimited” bandwidth and storage space come with some seriously limited restrictions.

In their terms of service, they place significant (and intentionally ambiguous) restrictions on the types of content and files you’re allowed to upload and the amount of the so-called “unlimited” bandwidth that your site can use.

And the best part?

The penalty for non-compliance with the limitations on their “unlimited” offer is the suspension or elimination of your website and data – Ouch!

InifnityFree Terms of Usage

Although we are still running our own tests to gather more concrete data on the real uptimes and load times of InfinityFree’s hosting, a perfunctory glance at the other reviews around the web suggest they fall squarely into the box of “passable but not exceptional.”

4. x10Hosting.com

No Email Accounts Included

x10webhosting

Sub-domain included: Yes
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Support: Forum
Max. Websites: 1
Max. Email Accounts: 0
Uptime & Speed: Good
Limitations: See terms of use
Official website: x10hosting.com

With more than 10 years in the free hosting game and the promise to provide a  free “full web hosting suite” that includes unlimited bandwidth and storage, PHP, MySQL, cPanel access, and one-click installation for over 30 third-party applications, x10Hosting sounds like something straight out of a frugal geek’s dream.

x10Hosting Features

However, as seems to be the case with every free web host, x10Hosting makes some pretty bold claims that it simply cannot backup (as well as the data on your website).

Limitations

The unlimited bandwidth and storage are admirable, as well as their uptimes impeccable, and their speeds are solidly above average. Nevertheless, when you read the fine print, you will quickly realize that – as has been the case with every host on this list – “unlimited” is a far stretch in this case.

Since x10Hosting maintains the right to suspend your account in the event that your usage is “too high” (a term they conveniently fail to define), it’s safe to assume that you can expect significantly greater restrictions than the company advertises.

x10Hosting Restrictions

After briefly checking other web hosting forums and review sites we found countless customer complaints of “inexplicably” deleted websites, incompetent customer support and unusable features, confirming our sneaking suspicion that x10 doesn’t quite live up to their lofty promises.

5. AwardSpace.com

awardspace hosting

Sub-domain included: Yes
Bandwidth: 5GB
Disk Space: 1GB
Support: Live Chat 24/7
Max. Websites: 4
Max. Email Accounts: 1
Uptime & Speed: Decent
Limitations: See terms of use
Official website: www.AwardSpace.com

With over 2.5 million customers and 15 years in the web hosting business, AwardSpace has carved out a name for itself as one of the top free hosting providers available.

Award Space Hosting Stats

From their 100% ad-free hosting to the MySQL database, 24/7 customer service (an admittedly enticing bonus), one-click CMS (WordPress/Joomla) installation and 99% uptime guarantee – everything looks amazing.

Unfortunately, when you pull back the curtain and actually try to use their free hosting plan, the reality is a bit disappointing.

Limitations

Although AwardSpace does a few things well, there are several glaring issues with their free hosting which prevent them from serving as a viable option for any serious webmasters.

For starters, free users are limited to only 1 GB of disk space and 5GB of bandwidth. It means that your new site will be little more than a glorified “demo” of AwardSpace’s premium hosting packages.

There are also a few disconcerting lines of legal jargon in their ToS that seem to give them permission to sell off your data to third-party vendors.

AwardSpace Privacy Policy

None if it really matters since the biggest problem with AwardSpace is the abysmally slow load times which average close to 1500 ms.

6. FreeHosting.com

Slow speed and no sub-domain

free hosting dot com

Sub-domain included: No
Bandwidth: Unmetered
Disk Space: 10GB
Support: Tickets
Max. Websites: 1
Max. Email Accounts: 1
Uptime & Speed: Horrible
Limitations: See terms of use
Official website: www.FreeHosting.com

With nearly a decade in the web hosting business and 15,000 customers, a European company, FreeHosting.com has grown in popularity over the past few years. Nonetheless, as we’ve seen time and time again – popularity and performance aren’t always correlated.

Equipped with unmetered bandwidth (granted your website complies with their rather stringent acceptable use policy), a multilingual cPanel, 10 GB of disk space, one email account, and a MySQL database, FreeHosting.com seems like one of the better free hosts available.

Freehosting features

As is axiomatic with free web hosts, the endless stream of technical issues posed by FreeHosting’s service makes it all but unusable.

Limitations

With abysmally slow load times that border on the 2-second mark – it’s one of the worst uptimes we’ve ever seen (seriously… they’re AWFUL),  and countless customer complaints of deleted websites and non-responsive customer service, FreeHosting.com is yet another web host that makes big promises but ultimately fails to uphold any of them.

With some of the worst uptimes and slowest speeds we’ve ever recorded, we recommend that you avoid FreeHosting.com at all costs.

7. FreeHostia.com

freehostia review

Sub-domain included: No
Bandwidth: 6GB
Disk Space: 250MB
Support: FAQ/Tickets
Max. Websites: 5
Max. Email Accounts: 3
Uptime & Speed: Bad
Limitations: See terms of use
Official website: www.freehostia.com

While FreeHostia may set itself apart from the competition with its unique plan names (who knew you could buy “Chocolate” web hosting?) and load-balanced server clusters – which allows for increased load times across the company’s assets – these unique “features” don’t do very much to improve the quality of their hosting.

Their customer service has earned many glowing recommendations in recent years, they offer 3 free email accounts and up to 5 hosted domains (a rarity in the free web hosting space). Yet, these enticing offers aren’t nearly enough to offset the hefty restrictions and performance issues with which you’ll be faced.

Limitations

The biggest problem with Freehostia’s free hosting is the restrictions they place on your storage and bandwidth.

With a paltry 250MB of storage and 6GB of bandwidth, even the most minimalist of webmasters will struggle to build a site that contains more than a few images and a line or two of plain text.

However, the real nails in the coffin are the unreliable uptimes and incredibly slow speeds.

Freehostia might work for hosting a simple test site or low traffic blog… Nevermind – even that might be pushing it.

Although the uptimes and load times aren’t the worst we’ve seen (they’re still pretty bad), there’s no reason to use a company like FreeHostia when you have so many other decent service providers available.

Why We Recommend Avoiding Free Hosting Services

Although the providers we’ve shared in this guide are among the best in the industry (which sadly isn’t saying much), even the most reputable of free web hosts struggle to live up to their promises and instead present their “customers” with slow, unreliable, and often unusable websites that stand no chance of succeeding in today’s hyper-competitive online space.

Also, they can delete your website (or online business) within seconds, leaving you no control…

So, does this mean that hope is lost for the low-budget webmaster-to-be?

Not quite…

Best Alternatives for Free Web Hosting

With the tight restrictions on bandwidth, storage, and basic features like email accounts and website installations, free hosts might talk a big game, but at the end of the day will leave you with a shell of a site that is unable to meet even the most basic performance standards required to run a successful business website.

However, as advances in server technology and competition in the marketplace have driven hosting providers to offer more and more competitive services and prices, you can secure fast and reliable hosting with truly unlimited bandwidth and storage for pennies on the dollar.

In fact, with the plethora of new-customer discounts and other offers, you can easily buy 2-3 years of web hosting for less than $100.

So if you didn’t find anything good on this list, we recommend you to browse our cheap web hosts.

9 Comments

  1. Don’t bother yourself with free web hosting. They are all horrible.

    I’ve used 2-3 of those from the list and they all want you to pay or they will delete your website. That’s how they run their business. Avoid at all costs.

  2. I have been using FreeHosting.com. The uptime is quite nice. I bought their life time ssl addon for my domain chatsansar.com
    There are sometimes error on the SSL gateway returning 500 errors.

  3. 000Webhost is the worst free web hosting provider, they never provide any kind of support, even they delete customers websites without any reason. please don’t recommend it. I have found GoogieHost is better than 000webhost

    • Thanks for your feedback. In our opinion 000Webhost works as promised, but it’s written in their disclaimer that 1 hour of downtime per day is expected.

  4. I’ve been using Viewen for over a year now, but whenever I read any “FREE HOSTING” list, I’ve never (not once) seen them in it. That makes me wonder if they have some kind of “illegal activities” if I may say in their service? It also bothers me that they have 100% control with the files I upload in my hosting accounts. Any thoughts?

  5. I have been trying for months to find a free (or near free) web hosting site. I have also tried WordPress, Wix and a few others (their free versions). I am not a small to medium business or large business, I just want to have a website for my wife’s crafts and my blogs about programming languages.
    What irritates me about these “so called” free hosts like Wix and WordPress, is that you HAVE TO use their templates and the restrictions in the design that comes with them. There is no access to the cPanel, and you can’t upload your own CSS and JavaScript.
    These are our hobbies. We are not trying to start an online store. I am just tired of the “intro” prices luring people in at $48 a year only to be billed $130 + the following years.
    It gets frustrating to say the least!
    With that said, does anyone know of a dependable host that offers cPanel access and possibly unlimited domain names?

    • Check out the link above to the review of Cheap Web Hosts. (At the end of the article, just above the Comment section.)
      Like John mentioned, many of those can be around $100 for 3 years (if you pay for the 3 years in advance). Also 1 on 1 IONOS (www.ionos.com) has a promo price for the 1st year of $12. They offer WordPress with that, which allows you complete control over the design of your website. And if you use a “Back-up” Plug-in, you can easily move the website to another Hosting company at the end of the first year. I believe GoDaddy (www.GoDaddy.com) is also running a $1 a month special right now as well. Good luck.

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