We live an era of internet hyper-connectivity which demands that every business irrespective of its size must have some sort of web presence. Gone are the days where having a phone number, business address and hours of operation were sufficient to direct customers your way. Today’s customers require more interactivity with your business hence the need for a website.
Website hosting providers usually gives you a subset of their services for free and gives you the option to upgrade to a fully paid plan as your business expands
The good news is that owning a website does not necessarily require you to be tech savvy because there are free hosting plans available some of which come with website builders. In this way, you can design your own website using the “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) functionalities.
Website hosting providers usually gives you a subset of their services for free and gives you the option to upgrade to a fully paid plan as your business expands. In most cases, the provider will partially benefit from providing these free hosting plans because he will use your website to place his own advertisements.
Some providers will require that you meet a certain traffic threshold or post in a forum a number of times if you are to keep your website active. It is important you know what is meant by free as you choose your hosting services. Avoid limited time trials because they impose a cost after the expiry of the trial period which would mean you bring down your site or be forced to pay for a service you may not necessarily like.