4 Hosting Types Compared: Free and Paid Hosting and VPS

Is Free Hosting Worth It – 4 Hosting Types Compared: Free and Paid Hosting and VPS


4 Hosting Types Compared: Free and Paid Hosting and VPS

Is Free Hosting Worth It

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Some hosts:
– (traditional hosting only)


– (offers “Droplets” which are VPSes)


Free hosting sites that you can point a domain to:
Neocities, Gitlab Pages, Github Pages, WordPress.com, many other sites you probably know of.
Look up in each case how to point your domain to it.

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Is Free Hosting Worth It

4 Hosting Types Compared: Free and Paid Hosting and VPS

49 thoughts on “Is Free Hosting Worth It – 4 Hosting Types Compared: Free and Paid Hosting and VPS

  1. i'm self hosted all the way. but one thing i wish i had was the vps's interface.
    i'd love to be able to spin up virtual machines from a web-browser interface like.
    that really the only feature of vps i'd love to have.

  2. Another option for those doing quite a bit of hosting, is something called a Dedicated Cloud. I just moved from cPanel/WHM do CapRover and containerized all of my websites and apps. $60/mo from Vultr is what i chose. I run about 300 websites.Their dedicated cloud includes a cloud-firewall and DDoS protection, static IPs. I also pay $20/mo for Stackpath that also offers CDN, DNS and smart DNS routing. I run everything from a phone system, Gitlab, docker registry and a lot of websites all in one place. I will add another and load balance sometime in the next few days. It's not for everyone, but it certainly was the next best option for me.

  3. Sorry for spamming – but there is one more advantage to VPS – scalability. Let's say your website is getting very popular. Most of VPS let's you add resources like diskspace, ram etc. easly, without loosing data and with almost no downtime. If you host your website on raspberry from your home then you can have problem – invest in actual server station or move all content to vps anyway.

  4. Totally useless information . When I host parties for swingers to come over I'm sure as hell not going to post anything about it on any web site what I want is more information on food and drinks and music . The guy didn't talk at all about anything like that .

  5. Free, Free, Free; I have three sites hosting on three free hosting sites. Two have sub-domain names, still all for free. Why pay if you can do it all for free. Now all my sites are also on my PC. Where I edit on my PC then FTP to the hosting site. Where if the free hosting site ever bellies up. I can move quickly to another free hosting site with zero problems. As long the tools and it covers all the necessary needs. Then there really isn't no cons. I'm free what ever I want to do with my site. As I don't used their templates or webshell. All my work is done on my PC with all the HTML and CSS raw coding. Then simply upload though a FTP client. Some free sites do have tools you think they wouldn't have, at least at no extra cost. I haven't pay for a website since Geocities days. An Geocities isn't with us anymore.

  6. One thing I feel you skipped out on when talking about the self-hosting option is the complexity of security. When hosting locally you are required to manage not only your own web application such as doing updates to the framework (WordPress, Drupal, Node, Django, etc…) and code auditing. Assuring software is up to date and making certain that non of the updates might break your application. you also need to assure your network is secure by creating a DMZ. This way if an attacker gets into your Network they'll need to bypass a firewall, else your entire LAN is exposed to some shitty script kiddie from India.

    Web based attacks are one of the hottest areas in infosec right now because most Devs suck at Sysops. Remote exploits drop in major Web frameworks everyday and most developers use so many libraries from various sources – maintaining and managing them all is rare (to be fair package managers gem, pip, node all all working to combat this). Worst of all with all of the external inclusion of code most of developers do not understand their code to the full extent this can make effective code auditing a nightmare.

    if you are still so inclined. best way to run locally hosted sites is a container on a VM separated on a DMZ subnet with a decent firewall separating your LAN (I recommend pfsense since it's free and high quality). Process/Network isolation is absolutely critical here if you don't want to get screwed by some 14 year old kind from hyderabad testing Kali Linux on your home network….

  7. Surprised you didn't mention Netlify, I use it for 3 of my sites and it is great, as you can easily host small websites, or informational websites, also, you could easily depend on Firebase as the backend, and pay almost close to nothing for a small site.

  8. Very informative. I like to listen to Luke while I am working on projects. This is the first youtube video wherein I learn about his websites such as notrelated.xyz. Can't wait to listen to all those podcasts. Keep rocking the Free world Luke!

  9. Why not using AWS Lambda? They have 1 million request per month free and another 1 million is 0.20$. For most people's personal website you would probably never pay anything.

  10. Some OpenNIC coverage would be cool. I'm just starting to look into it, but it's free and requires a custom DNS, making it somewhat separate from the normal web. If people are mostly hosting text it could also be cool to look into the Gopher protocol. OpenNIC will even give you a .gopher TLD for gopher sites.

  11. >Use only free, minimalist software and watch your privacy
    >trust a vps run by some pajeets with the physical machines in rupeetown with yer internet stuff

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