🆓 Free Website Hosting Options

Here is a list of free website hosting options. I maintain this list because I want everyone to have access to hosting a website, regardless of their financial situation.

For each option, I have created a YouTube video tutorial (link in the last column) to show you exactly how to make a website on that hosting platform. Here is a playlist with all tutorials if you are interested.

# Hosting Difficulty Customization Limitations Blogging Watermarked YouTube Tutorial
1 000WebHost Moderate Some Yes Yes Yes https://youtu.be/9ihEBbxNNrA
2 AWS Lambda Moderate Some Yes Yes No https://youtu.be/MoupNut6HMM
3 Blogger Beginner Some No Yes Yes https://youtu.be/-sDQfu9XqBM
4 Carrd Beginner Minimal No No Yes https://youtu.be/I8Z_KChRmLQ
5 GitHub Pages Advanced Most No No No https://youtu.be/o5g-lUuFgpg
6 Google Cloud Platform Advanced Most Yes Yes No https://youtu.be/f56PG7QxjFI
7 Google Firebase Moderate Most Yes Yes No https://youtu.be/gtcUIQNhgyQ
8 Google My Business Beginner Minimal No No Yes https://youtu.be/-hJveJKkFys
9 Google Sites Beginner Minimal No No No https://youtu.be/RPtyPYJHCEY
10 InfinityFree Moderate Some Yes Yes No https://youtu.be/oXB1D8J3yZs
11 Oracle Cloud Advanced Most Yes Yes No https://youtu.be/yWVD6qmQrb8
12 Tiiny Host Beginner Some Yes No Yes https://youtu.be/DxKgTaQnWbI
13 Weebly Beginner Some Yes Yes No https://youtu.be/nqTNZ7Mzhyk
14 Wix Beginner Most Yes Yes Yes https://youtu.be/x2cYwzzb3Gc
15 WordPress.com Moderate Some Yes Yes Yes https://youtu.be/cxQ53JAPJgE

The colored columns summarize some important factors when choosing a hosting platform including:

  • Difficulty: beginner friendly, moderate technical ability, or highly technical
  • Customization: how customizable is the hosting platform?
  • Limits: some free hosting platforms have limits like monthly pageviews, storage space, etc.
  • Bloggable: is it possible to have a blog?
  • Watermarked: some free hosting platforms put their branding on your free website unless you upgrade

There are always trade offs when picking web hosting, so try to find a balance that meets your requirements.

What is the Best Free Website Hosting?

The list is in alphabetical order because I do not see one better than the other. It all depends on what kind of website you want to make. Likewise, all web host platforms are not created equal, and the same goes for free website hosting options.

My recommendations are as follows for beginners (i.e. no technical ability):

If you are technically inclined, Oracle Cloud and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are both great options with root access for the ultimate customization, but they do come with resource limits. Google Firebase is just a wrapper around the GCP with stricter limits, but it’s much easier to work with.

For those of you who fall somewhere in the middle, GitHub Pages is a good option for a simple static website (i.e. a website without a database). AWS Lambda also falls into the static category, but its monthly limits make it an inferior option.

I see the rest of the options as too limiting and/or advertisement-infested.

Other Free Hosting Options

Another option to host a website without paying is to sign up for a free trial. This will give you a certain amount of time to experiment with the platform, anywhere from 30 days up to a year.

I also maintain a list of free trial web hosting at the bottom of my resource page.

Hope this helps!


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