Friday, September 30, 2022

Free vs. Cheap hosting

If you were searching for free hosting, odds are you ended up stumbling onto InfinityFree.

If you were searching for cheap hosting you have probably found Hosting since their initial shared plan can be named “almost free”.

Today we’ll be comparing Hostinger vs InfinityFree, with the hope to help you determine which is the better option for you.

Once you go over this article we suggest you take a look at a review of InfinityFree provided by hostadvice as well as a review of Hostinger which you can find on the same site. This way you will have enough information to make a final decision.  

Plans 

With Hostinger, you can get shared hosting, WordPress hosting, email hosting, cloud hosting, and VPS.

Beside free web hosting, InfinityFree also presents two paid “premium” hosting plans via iFastNet.

Features

Through Hostinger’s shared plans, you are getting CloudLinux OS which is designed to enhance server strength and data security. You will also have freebies too – from an SSL certificate and domain to a 1-click auto-installer and website builder. 

Other features include:

    •    PHP support 

    •    daily/weekly backups

    •    LSCache plugins- A page cache that allows the server to bypass PHP and database queries altogether

    •    Cloudflare CDN – content delivery network

Where InfinityFree notes “unlimited” resource distributions, you can find it challenging to operate them in reality because of the several limits that are put on server resources. 

You will get PHP support (v5.4, 5.5, 5.6, and 7.3) while the freebies on offer can include subdomain names,  free SSL on your own domains, Softaculous to install 400+ applications, 400 MySQL databases, and DNS service.

Performance

With Hostinger, you are able to host almost everything, from a simple recreational site to company websites to online stores.

With inflexible server power, InfinityFree at best can host a recreational website. 

So if you want to host a straightforward website with a large number of images, very soon you are going to get a “server limit reached” message. This would make the entire process of your website creation go in vain.

Hostinger has a 99.9% uptime guarantee- SLA- (supported by a credit of 5% of your monthly payment).

Hostinger’s performance was considered to be with superior website loading speeds and uptime.

InfinityFree offers a 99.9% uptime, but they may not deliver on that promise.

Security

Basic security measures like automatic backups and SSL certificates or advanced features are a stronger selling point for Hostinger.

On the other hand,  InfinityFree is only offering free SSL for the domains that you bring.

Support

Hostinger delivers 24/7 tickets and live chat support for users that are logged in. Also, there is 24/7 email support. 

Where InfinityFree delivers help only through its knowledge base and a forum. Making them not available for one-on-one support which will definitely lead to frustration at some point.

To conclude 

Comparing these two providers of free and cheap hosting, we can conclude that Hosinger is a better option. Although you will be paying for your service, it is better to spend a few bucks for less headaches.

Imagine you have an issue with your website, and you have no one to turn to. Well, that is the trouble that comes with free hosting. If you want to avoid that, you need to buy your hosting services. 

On the other hand, if you want a website and you are ready to run it completely by yourself, InfinityFree is a good choice. 

In any case, we recommend you do additional research before you make your final decision. After all, your hosting solution can make or break your website, so choose wisely.

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