Can I Get a Free Website?

can I get a free websiteHi folks, we’re creating a new series of videos and blog posts covering Web Hosting FAQs.  In this video, I address the question, “Can I get a free website?”

Read the transcript: Web Hosting FAQs: Can I get a free website?

While I address the question in more depth in the video, the bottom line is that, yes, you can get a free website on some sites, including OurChurch.com.

However, there are always trade-offs:

  • Some sites that offer free sites show ads on them.
  • Others show ads in the admin area or hit you with lots of email ads.
  • There’s no domain name included.
  • There are significant restrictions on the number of pages, amount of disk space, etc.

My perspective on free sites…

…is that having your own domain name and having a site free of distracting ads is absolutely critical to the success of your online efforts.  If you aren’t willing to pay $5-$10/mo for those things, what does that tell your website visitors about your commitment to the cause?

The only exception to that is if you and your organization are based in a developing country where you’re living on just a few dollars a day.  If that’s you, you are why we continue to offer free websites.

Do you have a free website?  Why or why not?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

2 Responses to “Can I Get a Free Website?”

  1. I have 2 free blogs, and it works fine for me. It depends of what you expect from site. My casual blogs about life, problems doesn't need investing money.

    • PaulSteinbrueck Jan 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Portal, you're right, it does depend on what you expect from the site. Certainly there are occasions where a free site might be the best option.

      Generally speaking though, the ads, lack of a domain name, and other factors will limit the effectiveness of your site. My thinking is, if a person is willing to invest lots of time creating content for a site, why undermine all that effort to try to save a few bucks a month?