With over 1,000 free web hosting providers to choose from these days, a good free hosting service is even harder to find, not to mention one with decent web tools and user interface. If you do a search for a free hosting in Google or Yahoo, you will find that not all services are completely “free”. There are a couple of companies that will ask you to buy the domain with them to use the service. This type of service we do not call FREE. So which ones are? Those services that involve no cost to set up a website. One of the Free Hosting service worth noted is FreeWebServices.
FreeWebServices (Public Beta) is a completely free web hosting service on the internet. We have covered FreeWebServices in the past (HERE is our earlier post), and since then, it has grown into a bigger application. Before, there were only a few of web tools users can use (RSS feed, Web Builder – SiteStudio, GuestBook, Forum and Online Gallery modules). But with rapid development framework, FreeWebServices has manage to add several additional excellent modules to their list. Such modules includes: A Blog, a CV Generator, a ShoutBox, Web Tags, and a Domain Shop modules. FreeWebServices also provides a free FTP connection to their server. You can use any FTP client softwares to connect directly to your free hosting account (image on the right).
There’s a feature worth using, since no other free hosting companies have it: Your own Catch-ALL email address. A Catch-All email will have ALL INCOMING emails directed to your domain go to this mailbox. If someone emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org they will go inside this mailbox. That way, no emails will be lost. There is also a mail manager you can use with it (image below).
Another NEW feature is the ability to upgrade your free hosting URL to an actual domain name. You will have the ability to purchase domains, change its contact info, domain password, or NameServers (should you want to use that domain in another hosting company), just like having your own domain management account. The domain price is as low as $ 9.95 /year.
FreeWebServices will also have more features in the future. Such features are: A Premium account ($12 /year), and a social network capability. With the premium account, all of your ads will be removed, your disk space will be upgraded to an UNLIMITED website disk space (you still have to abide their policy) and you can have up to 100 actual mailboxes. You can still set one of these mailboxes as your catch all mailbox. There’s currently no news yet on the social networking capability, but from there, we can imagine that there will be A LOT MORE you can do with your account. We’ve posted another free hosting service in the past, BraveNet. Compare to BraveNet, FreeWebServices has fewer web tools. But keep in mind that BraveNet has been around for years. Still in Public Beta phase, FreeWebServices has sure come in a long way in such a short period of time.
Overall, we are impressed with what FreeWebServices has to offer. The User Interface is very easy to use, and using various modules will only take a few minutes to set up. With on-going developments and excellent line up of web tools, FreeWebServices is definitely on its way of becoming the number one free hosting service in the internet industry.