Originally Posted by ldcdc
... Stuff like Blogger, Facebook and even Tweeter are replacing the old freely hosted websites that everyday people used to build...
There are at least a dozen good free sites where you can just log in and start creating a company website or a blog.
One good example used to be Jigsy, but now it's not so good!
They have just upgraded their software and added some nice new features... and also some awful bugs. Fortunately I had only a minor test website there!
Why is their service free? Because your website is locked into their proprietary software and their sub-domain name. If your site becomes successful, you will eventually be forced into upgrading to their paid4 option!
Originally Posted by Plexihost
... most free services attract abusers...
Free webhosts live in hope that their users will eventually upgrade to their paid4 service. At one free webhost where I used to help out on the forum, my estimate was that 97%+ of free users were teenagers and/or from the third-world, and would never, ever, pay for anything.
Free webhosts let people join without proof of identity, and spammers, scammers, and hackers will happily join under fake names and then ruin the service for other users.
There are still a very few free webhosts who do not force ads on your site. But you can expect slow servers and occasional downtime... And always beware that free hosts might disappear suddenly and without warning!
I won't really recommend any. I used to recommend Byethost as a good free ad-free webhost. I had several minor sites hosted there. One day, my usage passed one of their unwritten limits, and they decided to lock me out of my account unless I paid to upgrade. Yes, pay them or lose my websites! Fortunately the sites were still in test-mode, and I had full backups. Just a cautionary tale that you can't rely on "free"!