Three Reasons a Free Site Hosting is Stupid

by Wayne Sharer

International speaker, author, and entrepreneur. Retired navy officer, former commanding officer. Over 35 years of leading, coaching, mentoring, and speaking.

July 3, 2012

It’s my favorite word when I see things that really don’t make sense: stupid.  That’s what I think when someone wants to build their main business on a free website.  For the life of me, I don’t get why people keep asking how do they build a business with a free website.

Do you know how little it costs to have a website of your own?  I mean a website you own.  When you are on a free host, you don’t own your website.  Read the terms of service. Or maybe you don’t want to because you’re afraid of what you’ll find out.

Why Not to Get Free Site Hosting

So here it is, the three reasons free site hosting for a website is stupid for your main business…

  1. The host owns your business and you don’t.  This is because your free host considers your content as their property because you didn’t pay to put it there.  What this also means is the owner of the free domain hosting can take your site down anytime they feel like it.  There are no limitations, and there is no recourse for you.  You can go to bed tonight, and you think everything is fine, and wake up tomorrow with your business gone.  And yes, this really happens every single day.
  2. Free site hosting literally makes your website look like a free website.  It says cheap all over it.  It tells potential customers you aren’t really serious.  Think about it; when was the last time you purchased something from a website on free hosting?  The web address gives it away, and even if you can point your own domain at it, the looks of the site tell all.  Nothing about a business on free site hosting inspires trust from a visitor.
  3. Try transferring it when you finally do get serious.  Number one, why did you start your business planning to fail anyhow?  That’s as stupid as putting your business on free hosting sites.  Number two, why would you transfer something as cheesy looking as a website from a free site hosting service?  Plus, it isn’t easy to do the transfer if you don’t know what you’re doing.

My bottom line is this…

What’s the Cost to Not Have Free Site Hosting

You can have professional hosting for $7.95 a month.  For this price you can get the hosting, the professional email service, a live conference room, and top quality video hosting.  For this price, you can’t even see a movie, and when was the last time you MADE MONEY at a movie?

There are also many choices of professional themes for your website that cost less than a dinner for two.  One I like for folks just getting started is Socrates.  But that’s just one of many – nonetheless, and very good, and low cost way to put up professional website fast, easy, and for very low cost.

Alright, so I’m off my band wagon about stupid free site hosting.  Be professional, because it it doesn’t even cost $10.

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