Hi 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?