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5 Reasons Why Free Hosting Is Dangerous For Your Business

2013 May 21
by Contributor

It costs money to run a business. Don’t listen to the people who tell you it’s possible to start an online business for a few dollars. They are telling you this because it sounds good and they know you’ll get excited. You need to be prepared to invest in your own business. Do you really think you’re going to make a million dollars without spending anything? Just because the Internet makes things easier doesn’t mean we should treat our business like a hobby.

You should probably know that it’s technically right. You can start a business without spending anything. One of the biggest things you need when you’re getting started is a hosting account. There are plenty of places you can host your website for free, but it’s a very bad idea and you’re setting yourself up for failure. I want to make it clear to you how dangerous it is, so we’re going to look at some of the reasons why you should never choose free hosting.

Do you own your business?

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When you host your website on a free platform it’s like building a shop on quicksand. Everything might be fine for a little while, but without warning your store will sink into the ground. We can use Blogger as an example because it’s owned by Google and most people have heard of it. If someone sets up their website on Blogger it can be deleted by Google whenever they feel like it.

Too much downtime

What is the easiest way to lose money? If it’s impossible for people to get onto your website they will definitely not be able to buy anything. With free hosting you will never have the same amount of uptime. It’s always going to be flaky and you can’t afford to take the risk. Even if you don’t make thousands of dollars per day, I think you’ll be disappointed if you miss out on a few sales.

Don’t become popular

Everyone dreams of building a website that becomes wildly popular. They want the kind of website that will make looking at your analytic account the most exciting task of the day. When you keep working hard your website will get a lot of visitors, but you better hope it doesn’t get too many because the free server you are using will crash.

A business sells things

If you want to be in business you have to sell a product. If you don’t sell anything you have a hobby website. The reason I say this is because you might not be able to sell anything from certain free hosting accounts. They want people who are trying to build a website for fun, and what they don’t want is a company making money without paying anything.

A waste of time

You are just making it harder on yourself because eventually you will have to get your own hosting. Do you know how difficult it is to take all the content and swap it over? It’s harder than you think and if you can’t do it yourself you will need to pay someone. It will also mess up your links if you don’t have your own domain name, which will take time to sort out.

Lack of security

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How much money do you think some of the free hosting providers have lying around? You definitely won’t have top-notch security if you decide to go down the free route. Do you want someone to hack into your site? Of course you don’t, but that is what might happen if you take any chances with your business.

What will you do?

You know how dangerous it can be to run a business without hosting it yourself. Do you think a real business is scared to invest some initial funds into the company? I hope you choose wisely because your business deserves it.

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Evan Carter is a self-professed techie working in a IT firm. According to him, a managed server allows for not only more productivity, but eases one’s mind about a multitude of issues. An avid blogger, he keeps himself updated about the latest happenings in the ever-evolving field of technology.

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