WordPress is free to use, but running a website using it, isn’t free! It includes the cost of domain, server, followed by the cost of producing quality content, SEO services, and many other.

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on choosing the right WordPress hosting:

For a newbie, the costlier thing among these is the hosting. And, they are always looking to get a better server for as low as possible. Most of them are even looking for the free solutions, which is not recommended, at all.

There Are Two Versions Of WordPress: WordPress.Com And WordPress.Org

  • WordPress.com is the free version of WordPress, although you can pay for better themes if the free ones don’t fit the information you are trying to convey. Hosting is always free on WordPress.com, but there are limitations. For instance –you will need to upgrade if you need specific items added to your blog or website. However, free hosting or not, WordPress.com does have top-of-the-line security and spam detection.
  • WordPress.org, is currently used as a blog or website builder for about 24% of the web. The software itself is free (it downloads on your computer,) but you will need to pay for hosting, as well as your domain name. Sometimes this is the better choice because if you pay WordPress.com for all the items you may need, it can be costly. WordPress.org has some free themes, but you can buy premium themes, too.

Why Free WordPress Hosting Is Not A Good Idea

Some domain sites, such as GoDaddy.com, will allow you to purchase your domain name and hosting while providing a way to build a WordPress site within tools. Of course, this service is not free.

The main reason that free hosting isn’t a good option, however, is not because of hidden fees. It is because the security at their site isn’t very good. There have been stories of sites being hacked and taken over, or just outright stolen from the rightful owner. I liken it to that show “Naked and Afraid.” You are out in a wilderness, unprotected and vulnerable. Who knows what could happen.

If you are just learning and can’t afford a paid option, then use a free host. Just make sure that your site is a WordPress site. The protections built into either version will be a big help.

Which is the Best Free WordPress Hosting?

Going with a free hosting is like keeping your blog or website and all the related resources in the open and unprotected ground. Still, there is a case where going with a free hosting is recommended.

That’s when you’re totally new and planning to learn how things work in real life. And, going with a free option can help you a lot.

So, if that’s what’s your situation is, then go ahead and pick any of the followings mentioned best free WordPress hosting options.

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    Awardspace

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    Awardspace was born in 2003 as a free LAMP hosting provider service. The company started offering shared hosting plans in 2005. Over the years, it expanded into the dedicated, VPS, WordPress hosting p .... Read full review
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    000webhost

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    000webhost is a popular web hosting provider that allows you to host two websites for free. Unlike most other free plans, this hosting offers a fully featured free package that is suitable for creatin .... Read full review
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    Byet Host

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    Byet Host is a privately owned internet service company that aims at providing advanced hosting solutions for the customers. It has custom-built networks in central Ohio that are capable of managing t .... Read full review
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    PodBean

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    PodBean is a unique hosting service that is highly focused on publishing and monetizing podcasts. Its friendly user interface makes it a lot easier to create, publish, and manage your podcasting websi .... Read full review
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    Zymic

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    It’s the last recommendation from my side which offers 6TB of free space and 50GB of monthly data transfer, i.e., Bandwidth. The provider has provided tutorials and ev .... Read full review

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    Byet

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    It’s my next recommendation which comes with a specific set of features and tools, which can allow you to put a WordPress driven website online, and can even manage it .... Read full review

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    Free Web Hosting No Ads

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    As you can make it from the name, this hosting provider offers a service at no cost, and no advertisements are served inside the frame. It comes with PHP 5, MySQL, Read full review

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    x10host

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    If you’re looking for alternatives to above option, then x10host is also a recommendable option. It comes with 100% pure Cloud SSD servers, ensuring faster page load a .... Read full review

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    WPNode

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    What’s better than getting a free hosting service from a premium hosting provider? WPNode is a free offering from SiteGround, a known name in the Read full review

Things to be aware of

Before you sign up with any of the options mentioned above, you should be aware of following things.

  1. Usually, the free hosting providers never provide support, regarding anything. On the other hand, paid ones do provide regular support.
  2. The free hosting options are not secured. Nothing on the internet is secured, but these servers are barely protected by any means. In short, they are unreliable.
  3. The resources you get with these servers are extremely limited, which clearly means that you can’t run a professional blog or website for long.
  4. The features they pack aren’t worthy, and in most of the cases, they are unavailable.

Now, the only way you can know the differences in real is by testing out both options. Go ahead and check the free one, and then start with Shared hosting.

Final words

Again, you should pick these free options (or any) only if you’re trying to learn the way around WordPress. The moment you decide to run a professional or proper blog or website, going with non-free option is highly recommended. You can start with Shared hosting options which are available for as low as $1 per month.

Finally, which particular free hosting provider you’re picking now? Let me know your experience in the discussion section which will also help other newbies. Good luck!