000WebHost: Truly Free Web Hosting… But What’s The Downside? We Found Out

000webhosting Introduction

If you want free web hosting, you usually have to live with ads on your site. With 000webhost, though, you can get a site which doesn’t cost you anything and won’t have any ads added by the host. There are limits to what you get, of course, but it’s a viable way to create a site for an individual, club, or small business. You can even place your own ads on your site.

What You Get

When you sign up for a free account, you can create a site using the Easy Website Builder, WordPress, or direct uploading. That’s an impressive range of options for a free site. You get 1000 MB of disk space and 10 GB of bandwidth, which should be fine as long as you don’t have a lot of huge images.

Users can manage their websites through cPanel. It allows management of databases, email, files, backups, and FTP accounts through a web page. Files are automatically backed up monthly, giving minimal protection, but you can initiate backups of the website and databases from cPanel to keep them more up to date.

A free account can have up to 5 email addresses, which can be set up for webmail, POP3 or forwarding. SMTP access, spam filtering, and autoresponding are supported.

Easy Website Builder

The Easy Website Builder is the simplest choice for someone who doesn’t have much technical knowledge. The editor, for some reason, is on zyro.com, and there’s no explanation or warning when you’re taken there. It’s legitimate, though.

You start by choosing a template and then edit the components to look the way you want them to. You can drag icons for “text,” “picture,” “YouTube,” and so on into the page and then add content to them. The template provides standard pages, and you can add more or delete existing ones.

While no technical knowledge is strictly required, someone who understands the concepts of CSS will have an easier time of it. For example, you can’t directly change the font, size, and color of a text object. You have to select a style for it and then edit the style, using the less than obvious “Edit styles” item at the end of the menu. There appears to be no way to add to the handful of available styles. Styles can have different renderings for different classes of devices, making it easier to set up a mobile-friendly site. You can even add raw HTML in a pane, so there’s a place for expertise.

There are some oddities. Links are live in the editor, and clicking on them by accident can take you away from the page you’re editing. A certain amount of editorial carelessness detracts from the impression. The “Properties” dialog has an option for “Show in a specific pages,” and a label mentions “standart buttons.”

PHP and MySQL

One of the most impressive features is that you can run PHP and MySQL from a free account. This requires using WordPress or uploading files rather than building the site online; some expertise is obviously necessary. Free accounts are allowed two databases, without size limitations. Management of the databases with phpMyAdmin is included. You can use PHP to send out email automatically.

If you run a WordPress site, there are few restrictions. You can add your choice of themes, plugins, and widgets. The space limitation could be a problem if you add a lot of them.

Support

While 000webhost doesn’t provide support to free users, it lets them post questions to a forum where other users may give helpful replies. Searching the forum may find answers to questions right away. Their quality will vary, and older discussions may not reflect the current feature set, but they’re a good place to start.

What You Don’t Get

When you pay nothing, you don’t expect everything. Some omissions, though, could be serious concerns to many site owners.

The most important absence is SSL support. This makes any site which accepts passwords or other confidential information a risky proposition. With many people using unsecured Wi-Fi, interception of data is a very real danger. Running e-commerce without secure access would be a bad idea.

PHP on free accounts tends to be behind the latest version. This can keep some software from running.

You need to remember to run backups periodically. The automatic monthly backup is just a safety net if you forget completely.

Paid Upgrades

While you’re working on your free site, you’ll see plenty of reminders that you could get more with a paid account. The site is frank about the limitations of its free service. There is no guarantee, accounts can be removed without cause, and performance may be erratic. Paid plans and contributions are what make the free sites possible.

A paid account comes with a free domain. At the top tier, customers can buy as many additional domains as they want and run any number of sites. Paid accounts don’t have caps on bandwidth and disk space. The limit of 2 databases in a free account is lifted. You can create as many databases as you want.

The service commits to 99.9% uptime. Support by live chat is included with paid accounts, 24 hours a day. Private SSL certificates are available with paid accounts.

000webhost Reviews by Our Community

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Parikshit Singh avatar
Parikshit Singh mosrille.ml
Jul 31, 2015

I have used several hosts in the past few years, and used this as well. I find this a quite good hosting site. The limitations are however a bit of problem on free hosting.

They provide just 1500 MB for storage and they are less than the storage capacities I used before, I recommend to use this for blogs and use other free services for image hosting. The uptime they said is 99% on Free Hosting but I noticed more downtimes than other hosts I used. Premium Service is fantastic to use however.

The speed is a bit slow compared to other hosts and there is a box of advertisement on Websites on free hosting which can be annoying sometimes. The Website builder is good for new users, and the cpanel is also familiar to new users.

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Neil Venegas crystreblerecords.com
Oct 10, 2015

I tried 000webhost for a few weeks and I was planning to try out the Live Media Share script with it, that being said, this plan obviously did not work very well and it was mostly just a failed experiment on my end. That experience aside, considering the fact that you get Free Hosting and many options for both building and uploading files to your website: it’s a pretty good alternative to paid hosting. While I wouldn’t personally recommend it for professional use, it can be very handy when you’re just starting out or just want to try out making your own website instead of using Weebly, Webs or subdomain hosting of that nature. Their support team was also very quick and helpful to respond to me when I had troubles.

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danish eqbal avatar
danish eqbal phptube.000webhostapp.com
Sep 28, 2018

000Webhost is Very good hosting for learner. where we can show our skills. it’s free.

and its support latest php. its support htaccess. and it is linux operated.

uptime is good enough. but only drawback is sleeptime which hybernate your website for 2 hour. but its on you to change the time of hybernation.

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Soyam Shrestha avatar
Soyam Shrestha creation800.blogspot.com
Oct 18, 2018

This is like a nightmare it good for beginners but not enough. This host is not even providing which other free hosting services are providing it’s paid plan are even worse needs a lot of improvement. It was not worth of using it the day I started looking at things it made me more confused even when it gets on speed then don’t think about it.

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amit pal avatar
amit pal studypeak.in
May 28, 2018

I think free 000webhost is not that much good it has so much of issues on their server and but paid hosting is good as compare other there pricing is also quite nice it will you a long time of benefits. So Don’t go to Free Hosting invest in the good hosting plan which gives you a nice result in your work. The free hosting will never crawl in Google’s first page it will give you a disadvantage in ranking.

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Nathan LaBrake avatar
Nathan LaBrake natecreative.com
May 03, 2018

This Webhost sucks. Period. One day they literally deleted everything on my cPanel, and refused to tell me why.

They simply said that I had violated their terms and conditions, and when I asked what those were, they again refused to tell me what that was. I finally realized it was probably that there were a few images that I had on the site that I wasn’t directly using on my site, and they assumed I was using their host for storage, which is against their terms of services. However, I was not using it for storage.

If you’re going to offer a free hosting service, please be ethical and if you think someone is violating your terms of service, and it isn’t completely clear, talk to them about it. It’s pretty simple. They just find a way to clear data and will find any excuse they can to do so.

Their strategy is obvious. If I had any important data saved on there, I would have sued, but fortunately I had copies of everything.

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Soham Parker techscire.tk
Jan 24, 2018

000webhost sucks. They randomly shut down one of my sites for some reason. They won’t tell u what the reason is just that it violated their Terms and Conditions.

You have to pay to upgrade your hosting to get your files out and there’s no guarantee Your Site will even go live again. And they also start to curtail the features like storage space etc. And always showing ads for upgrading my hosting plan. That’s why 000webhost sucks.

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Proloy Nandy avatar
Proloy Nandy palproit.000webhostapp.com
Apr 29, 2018

Thanks for give me this opportunity.
1 > very slow loading for normal low waight website ..if we using a complex theam with WordPress sometime we see website not found ..440 error..

2> very long wait for one support email..

3> some time FTP server show busy. trying latter..can’t use FTP for important time ..

4> cost should be increased for giving better service ..

5>facing deficulty when try to change PHP version ..

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Ruhul amin avatar
Ruhul amin ramovies.tk
Jan 15, 2018

IAM using 00webhost Free Hosting,
It’s the Best Free web hosting.there Free hosting speed is good.you can easily install WordPress on Free hosting plan. And you use cloudflare CDN service on 00webhost.you can Easy upgrade to their premium service.iam using 00webhost 6month.and. No problem faced.
00webhost is one of the fast Free web hosting
And they never put ads on Your Site.

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George Armstrong avatar
George Armstrong gustosocafe.xyz
Aug 05, 2018

I’ve been using 000webhost for about 2 years now, and I have to say I’m blown away by the quality of service they provide. They’re helpful, easy to contact and actually act on what you bring to their attention. The community is excellent and willing to help you with any questions or concerns you may have and I would certainly recommend them to a friend! Excellent service, keep it up!

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Pros and Cons

The obvious plus of 000webhost — the whole point of its existence, in fact — is that it’s free and doesn’t put any ads on your site. If economy is your main priority, you can put up with a few shortcomings. You can create an attractive site with the Easy Website Builder, even if you don’t know HTML.

Summary

The resources you get for free are limited but adequate for a simple site, and being able to run PHP and MySQL is a strong positive for a free service, even if it isn’t always the latest version. Being able to manage everything from cPanel is a rare feature among free sites.

Don’t expect a highly available site. A site may temporarily go offline for exceeding limits, accounts can be terminated without cause. A free service must constantly cull spam accounts, and it’s easy to make a mistake. Files larger than 5 megabytes aren’t prohibited but may be deleted without notice if space is tight.

There have been security issues. In 2015, over 13 million passwords were stolen from 000webhost. Security experts concluded that the passwords had been stored as plain text, which is a substandard security practice.

If you’re willing to spend money on an account, there are better options. Phone or email support is a necessity for a serious business, as is secure SSL access to the site. The strength of 000webhost.com is in its free sites, and there it’s quite impressive.

Most Popular 000webhost Hosting Plans

Free Hosting Premium – Silver
Disk Space 20GB Unlimited
Bandwidth 2GB Unlimited
Price $0 / mo $3.99 / mo
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Gary McGath spent years as a software developer before turning to writing. In addition to writing many articles on technology, he's the author of two crowdfunded e-books. His tech passions include data security and digital preservation.

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