My review of 000webhost.com
I’ve been using 000webhost.com for quite some time now (it has been almost a year). It’s time to write a review of this free web hosting provider to give other people who don’t have any experience with it, an idea what is it all about and if tit is suitable for them or not. (Updated – see the end of the post!)
Before I start, I have to mention that there are a lot of bad reviews of 000webhost on the internet which describe, for example, account suspensions under unclear/suspicious conditions including deletion of all data without previous warning. According to some people, their affiliate program is a scam and they don’t pay for referred users. Some of these reviews were published a few years ago, so they may not reflect the current reality (2013). But these negative reviews (whether they are authentic or not) should make everyone aware of the fact that exactly nothing is guaranteed when you don’t pay for it. I don’t have any experience of this kind, though, so I’ll just focus on the technical stuff.
000webhost has very interesting features that almost sound too good to be true (and many people will suspect a catch). Probably the most important thing is that it doesn’t cost anything and they don’t force you to display their ads. I have been using it only for this WP blog, which doesn’t require much server resources, so I don’t know if you can actually use 1.5 GB of their disk space or the whole 100 GB bandwidth. I read that if your website starts to become more popular, 000webhost staff will want you to upgrade to the premium plain (which is their another web hosting
hosting24.com that they promote on 000webhost.com all the time). But as I said before, I don’t know if that is true, but I wouldn’t be surprised – you really cannot expect miracles from a service that is completely free.
I think that this web hosting is suitable only for websites that are not really important (like this one). Although they promise 99% uptime and other impressive stuff, my blog is sometimes unavailable and I once it has been even temporarily disabled because it reached their CPU limit when I was testing one of my plugin before releasing a new version. Maybe that the 100 GB bandwidth isn’t a lie, but your website probably won’t have a chance to reach even a fraction of it. Their FTP server is very slow and my client sometimes throws random errors like “No space left on device”, which prevent me from creating new directories and uploading files. It also doesn’t support SSL, so every time I connect to FTP, my password is revealed to anyone who is tracking the communication. The
max_execution_time is set to 10 seconds, which makes impossible updating WordPress/installing some plugins via the administration interface and other relatively resource intensive stuff.
Conclusion: 000webhost is perfect for websites that you don’t care about too much. You should often create backups of your data, because there is always a possibility that when something bad happens you may not be able to retrieve one. After all, you get what you pay for, which is, in this case, exactly nothing.
Update (September 18): Two days ago my 000webhost.com account has been suspended for alleged CPU limit violation:
Suspended (Suspended for violating 20%+ CPU usage limit for more than 1000 times. Please upgrade to our premium UNLIMITED hosting at www.hosting24.com to get your account reactivated.)
Aapparently they don’t want to give me access to my files or DB data unless I pay for the premium plan. Although their TOS allow them doing anything they want (which is why I was prepared for anything and kept relatively fresh backups), I don’t find this strategy very ethical. It makes me think that all the bad reviews describing 000webhost.com as a fishy web hosting service may be actually right. If you decide to use 000webhost, be very cautious!
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