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How to find web hosting that meets my requirements?

I have a small "hobby" site that generates almost no income for me (but still is fun to run, and that's why I keep it around). The site get's about 75 hits a day, though I could easily see that increasing to 200 or more in the future. I want to move it to a free hosting provider. The hosting provider should support the latest versions of php and mysql, should be able to run wordpress installations, and should have pdo and sendmail enabled. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks :)


Amazon AWS have a free tier (http://aws.amazon.com/free/).

Otherwise Wordpress themselves can do hosting on a custom domain.

  • @Metalshark I would prefer to use a host that I can use for free infinitely, not something that I can use for free for a year (in the case of AWS). And I would use wordpress.com, accept that my site has a forum and that I want to be able to install whatever plugins/themes/software I want, which is something I can't do with wordpress.com
    – user6901
    Apr 18 '11 at 20:52
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    @Christofian AFAIK only Byet byethost.com/index.php/free-hosting offer truly free VPS that is sensible for your needs. Although I cannot recommend it as they can take it away again at any time.
    – Metalshark
    Apr 18 '11 at 21:10
  • I don't think wordpress does free custom domain hosting. Doesn't it have to be something like YOURSITE.wordpress.com If you want it to be a custom url, you have to pay wordpress like $15 or something. en.wordpress.com/signup Apr 18 '11 at 22:45
  • @Metalshark what do you mean by "they can take it away again at any time". Do you mean that they might suddenly pull the plug on their free hosting service. Can you give me more info?
    – user6901
    Apr 18 '11 at 22:55
  • @Melanie I wasn't planning on wordpress.com anyway, so that's irrelevant.
    – user6901
    Apr 18 '11 at 22:58

I know that most free hosts that allow you the comprehensive control you are looking for (stuff that isn't just pre-installed soft for your use: blogger.com, wordpress.com, etc) will likely require you to show some sort of ad or backlink on your site. If this is something you are open to, I may be able to dig something up for you.

There is also this site which doesn't require an ad or anything and it says they are free. I cannot tell you, however, how legit this is: http://www.freehosting.com/client/cart.php

Alternatively, if you're on a connection with a static ip and have another machine lying around, it would be a cinch to throw some flavor of linux on there and install whatever you need to keep a hobby site up.

  • I'm open to a backlink, but not an add. Also, I would like to be able to add the backlink myself, instead of it being inserted automatically at the footer, if possible.
    – user6901
    Apr 18 '11 at 23:04
  • Post edited, let me know if it meets your needs. :) May 16 '11 at 10:15

Check this http://www.freewebhostingarea.com/ .I used this before and i never faced any problems.


take a look at Nearly Free Speach. https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/

It's not free.. but it's close.


I found this article that has a list of free hosts: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-7-easy-and-free-web-hosting-services/


000webhost is not bad but dont get lured into their other company,Hosting 24.It has a bad reputation. And there s no ads at all.I was even impressed for a free service.

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    000webhost shuts your website down periodically to check for "potentially unwanted content" (for them), not recommended.
    – Lekensteyn
    May 16 '11 at 8:57
  • i didnt know that though. oops!
    – seb
    May 24 '11 at 23:06