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Free hosting services: pros and cons

There is a more ingenuous, but the essence of a completely gratuitous means to acquire as a domain name, as well as the premises under the site. Naturally, not without some "but".

Recently, Internet portals have become popular, providing anyone who wants to register also to place their website on the Internet. In this case, the user acquires a third-level domain name, the name of which also contains the name of the portal itself.

The most important and widespread service operating on this principle was It was allowed to register a free personal site, whose name would look like this:

It must be said that such services usually operate with a variety of restrictions. The most common limitation is the amount of disk space provided by the site. In some cases, instead of the size of the disk space limit the maximum file size, which is allowed to place on the site. This prohibits the creation on the basis of such gratuitous services of various file archives in which unlicensed programs or music can be placed.

Other significant limitations of such services are often the lack of database support, but different scripts used in writing forums, chats, etc., the inability to create an impressive number of personal mailboxes, but the main thing, "gratuitous" name is often cumbersome, inconvenient for remembering also. ugly. "

It is necessary to say that at the last time services also began to appear with the support of connecting to the same database as even the main scripts. But for now this is the exception rather than the position.

To eat at such services is also one plus. Some of them offer templates for creating websites, but similar additional resources are already ready (for example, guest books), which, naturally, is very proud also for newbies who can’t yet make their own website or pay professionals for their work.

Among the most common portals that provide space for personal sites, it is worth noting,,,, The last couple support connecting to the database and executing the main scripts.