If you are Indian, you can start your site for free with your own .in top level domain. Google and HostGator have collaborated with a few Indian companies to start giving away one year of free hosting and domain name to help local businesses create a online presence. I was going through their FAQ section. And it seems there is no strings attached. The domain will be registered to your name and they will provide the option to edit DNS record after one year. Or you can transfer your domain to any other domain registration service after initial 60 days. And after one year if you want to move your hosting to any other web hosting company instead of paying them, that is also possible. If you want to grab a .in cctld and free hosting just go to this site www.indiagetonline.in and register. You will need to add your PAN card copy as a proof that you reside in India.
Does it sound too good to be true Don’t have any doubt. StartSSL has been offering free SSL certificate for a long time now. And it’s not just for testing purpose like some other SSL providers provide you with 30 or 90 days of free trial certificates. It’s a real deal. Each free SSL certificate has one year validity and you can have unlimited renewal after that. It can be a good free alternative if you are using COMODO PositiveSSL certificate. Both have 128/256-Bit encryption and both basically validate only domain name and email address of the subscriber. But for PositiveSSL you will have to pay $49/year if you buy directly from PositiveSSL site or $8.95 if you use a reseller like NameCheap, whereas StartSSL is 100% free. And like any other well-known SSL providers like Thawte or Comodo, this certificate supports all major browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Hostable.com has opened up a pre-registration process where you can get two years of unlimited hosting for free. It sounds too good to be true. And you may doubt the quality of service that they will offer. Below you can check the hosting features in a nut shell.
Yeah! That’s true. HelioHost is a free web hosting company where you can get a free dedicated IP upon request. Isn’t that awesome? Even paid hosting companies will take at least $1 or $2 per month if you want to purchase a dedicated ip for your shared hosting.
Can you believe it? Yes, you will get one year free unlimited hosting from Doteasy with one dedicated ip address completely free. They are just celebrating their 10th anniversary online. You will get unlimited domain hosting, unlimited MySQL databases with unlimited disk space and data trasfer. Actually, it is their highest cPanel hosting package which normally cost $9.95/month. And they are offering it for free now for one year. It includes shared SSL support. And if you have your own private SSL certificate, you can easily install it as you will be given a free unique IP address.
Today I am going to tell you about another free WordPress hosting where you can use your custom domain for free and run your own ads. If you are stuck with WordPress.com as you have to pay for custom domain mapping and you can’t add your own ads at all, here is a good alternative from reliable DreamHost.
NameCheap has been giving away PositiveSSL from Comodo free of cost for a long time now with any new purchase. It would normally cost you $49.95. And moreover you will get a huge discount when you renew your SSL certificate for the second year. It will only cost you $9.95. But do you really need an SSL certificate?
First of all, let me say that my current host is DreamHost & they don’t use cPanelX. And from my personal experience I know if you want to setup your website in their web panel from a cPanel exported dump file, it may become a little bit tiresome. Especially, if you are a newbie, then you may face some trouble putting the files in proper place in the server with correct structure. Besides, you have to create a new MySQL database & import your existing database there. And that may require some phpMyAdmin knowledge.
Oh! Long time since I have posted & that’s not because I was busy. It’s because F…ing host FusedHosting came out to be a scammer. The old owners sold the hosting company without any prior notification & the new owners took the liberty of toying with all the customers. The server went down & stayed like that for several weeks. They didn’t notify before. You couldn’t contact them as they won’t reply to support mails. They even took out the CAPTCHA image so that you couldn’t send them mail from your client area. Some guys found out the phone number of the owner from some other place but nobody took it. Even their own site was down for several days!
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