Free and reliable PHP and MySQL web hosting

By | October 29, 2008

FreeHostia I have tried a lot of free web hosts when I was learning WordPress and other open source CMS applications.  From year 2005 to till date I have tested more than 15 free web hosts.  Free web hosts normally put their advertisements on top of the site to cover the costs they incur on free web hosting, which makes the site appear somewhat ugly.  The ads occupy the large space.  Another disadvantage using free hosts is that we cannot question them if it goes down.  Some free hosts go down even for weeks.

After testing these free hosts for more than six months, I chose FreeHostia as the best free web host.  I have been using it for more than three years without a problem.  I have been building mini websites and blogs for my customers using FreeHostia.  FreeHostia offers an ad-free Linux hosting for free.  It has the following features:

  • Apache, PHP, MySQL, PHPMyAdmin, and Perl
  • Hosting for 2 domain and 10 subdomains
  • Data storage of 250 MB
  • Monthly bandwidth of 5 GB
  • 1 MySQL database (10 MB DB space)
  • 1 FTP account & web-based file manager
  • 3 POP3 accounts with SpamAssassin protection & Webmail
  • FrontPage Extensions
  • Free 24/7 technical support and ticketing system

Review and sign up for the free hosting here.

The downside of FreeHostia is 10 MB limit of MySQL DB.  When you reach that limit, you can either move to their paid hosting plan, which costs $1.95 per month and upgrades your MySQL database size to 25 MB or to a better and cheap paid web hosting like DraemHost, which removes all limits.  If you are planning to install WordPress on it, don’t forget to install the plug-in Revision Control, else your database will be filled up too fast because of the new feature called “Post Revisions.”

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