I launched Scrapground.co.cc around an year ago when Orkut enabled html scraps. The site was my first project as i had just taught my self css and php. It featured an online “scrap creating tool” which designed your scrap in 40 different html templates and all you had to do was copy and paste the code given below any template into your friends scrapbook. The site was hosted for free at www.x10hosting.com and had a free .co.cc domain. It worked fine untill i moved to India and stopped logging in into my hosting account frequently, i got suspended a couple of times for inactivity and last week i found out to my surprise that my hosting account had been terminated for inactivity!!! I lost both of my sites as i didnt have a backup of it on my local machine!!!
The lesson i learnt were : Never rely on free webhosts and if you cant do without a free host Take regular backup of your site so even if you are kicked off the hosting service you can still quickly switch to another free host.
There are even more reasons as to why free hosts are highly un-reliable, like:
- Limited or low bandwidth
- Limited or very less web space
- Frequent server downtimes
- No or limited customer support
- Lack of freedom/ restrictions
- Search Engines ignore you