How does hosting a website without paying a single penny sound to you? Although it seems illogical from a commercial point of view, but there are some web hosting providers who offer absolutely zero-cost free web hosting with your own domain. In most cases, free web hosting is limited in features and resources and is given with the hope of a future paid upgrade by the customer. Here are 5 such options where the hosting is totally free without ads on your website and you can use your own domain name.
Amazon EC2 offer free hosting for 1 year for new users. You can use this offering to host any website or application on state-of-the-art Amazon servers absolutely free for one full year. The free tier includes many other free services like free storage, choice of your own OS and full root access. The only catch is that Amazon EC2 free tier is an unmanaged hosting and setting it up by yourself can be quite an effort especially if you are not a tech person. However, there are many online DIY tutorials available if you want to do it yourself. You can also hire any AWS configuration and setup company to do it on your behalf and still save substantial first-year hosting costs.
Host-ed.net offers a completely free hosting plan with 3 hosted domains, 1 GB space & 10GB bandwidth. The free plan is limited in many aspects ie: it doesn’t provide Custom MX & A records, SSD option in storage, custom PHP.ini, automatic backups and live chat support. You can use this plan either for a very basic website or for testing purposes.
Freehosting is based in Czech Republic and offers lifetime free web hosting. As per their website, there is no hidden monthly fee or setup fee. There are no ads or banners to hinder the user experience. It also provides free email hosting with IMAP, POP3, and SMTP support. Their lifetime free hosting plan comes with own domain hosting, 10 GB disk space, Unmetered bandwidth, 1 E-mail account, 1 MySQL database. Their paid plan starts with $7.99$ per month.
000webhost is owned by hostinger and offer a very basic free web hosting plan with 1 Website, only 300 MB Disk Space, very limited bandwidth of 3 GB with your own domain name option. This plan however is not so useful for anyone because it does not allow email accounts or any kind of customer support. We found that their free plan is basically a lure for customers to go for their other low cost hosting plans that starts with $1.39/mo.
Freehostia provides free hosting solutions with 99% uptime guarantee and 24/7 professional technical support the company is one of the leaders among the free hosting providers. Chocolate plan from the company provides 250MB disk space, 6GB bandwidth, 5 domains with MySQL database support. However, having 5 domain names hosted with only 250MB of web space does not serve any purpose and the idea here is to get the customer to sign up for more advanced hosting plans.
Infinityfree is a Europe based hosting provider offering life time free web hosting with your own domain and no ads on your website, 5 GB Disk Space, Unlimited Bandwidth, 400 MySQL Databases, PHP 7.4, MySQL 5.7, Full .htaccess support, Free Subdomain Names, Free SSL on all your domains and totally Free DNS Service.