Questions to Ask Before Signing Up for Free Joomla Hosting
Free Joomla hosting may sound like a complete scam, but you really can find Joomla hosting for free by using a simple Google search. This article is mostly going to be ideas about what you could do with your free hosting account, and a few tips on how to find one.
1. Do a Google search for "Free Joomla Hosting."
The first step to finding a free Joomla hosting account is to head over to your favorite search engine and do a quick search. Usually, the search engines know "what's up", and the top search results will generally be trustworthy. Finding free Joomla hosting without ads, however, can be a bit more challenging. Most free hosting accounts will be very clear with what they will give for free, however, and will be easy to navigate and understand.
Now, let's start talking about the benefits and different types of free hosting accounts.
I have a saying, "If it's free, it's for me!" Here's a question I was thinking about the other day: If the Joomla CMS and templates are free, hosting should be too, right?
Joomla is an open source content management system, which means that it's free to use and manipulate as you see fit. If you're unsure about everything you can do with it, please do a quick search on Google for, "GPL license regulations."
With that said, Joomla is a completely free content management system, and most of the templates, modules, and add-ons are free too! So why pay for hosting? You don't need much when it comes to free Joomla hosting. Here are the basic ingredients to look for in a free hosting company:
Do they offer free cpanel hosting?
Free cPanel hosting is important when it comes to Joomla. If you have access to a control panel with your free hosting account, then you will be able to do a LOT more with your Joomla hosting account. Without a cPanel, you're going to be stuck in the dark.
Do they offer free PHP5/MySQL hosting?
Seeing as how most CMS systems run off of PHP and use MySQL databases, your best bet is to find a free PHP/MySQL hosting account. This is always really important - Windows hosting would be pointless for most open source CMS systems.
Do they offer FTP access?
FTP stands for "file transfer protocol." This what you will use most of the time to upload and download files from your computer to your server - and vice versa. This is the fastest and easiest way to add new files to your server - and to download them as well.
Do they offer any sort of customer support?
Customer support is always a factor! Without good customer support, your free hosting package might become a free nightmare package. Make sure there's some great customer service!
What's the catch?
People are not just offering a free cPanel hosting package for no reason. They want something out of it! Here are the top ways that free cPanel hosting accounts make money:
1. Ads on their sites
2. Ads on your site
3. Links back to their free hosting website
4. Offering small disk space so you need to upgrade
5. Charging for customer support
6. Selling you their development services
But before you decide not to get free Joomla hosting - here's the thing! Just because they are making money in one of these ways doesn't mean they're bad - after all, you still get free hosting!
Is the free Joomla hosting only for Joomla, or can you use Wordpress and other PHP based CMS systems?
While free hosting solutions may brand themselves to being with Joomla or Wordpress or some other open source software, most of the time, you can use the hosting for whatever legal purpose you want. Always look at the terms of service and double check what the hosting provider will or will not let you do.