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Reliable ad free host recommendations please

franglo

New Member
Hello,

I'm not actually looking for a host myself (got one!), but I'm doing a bit of research for some friends who are too cheap to bite the bullet and pay for one. ;)

The last time I used free web hosting was before F2S went paid only, which should give you an idea of how long ago that was.:D

Basically, I'm looking for recommendations of free hosts that have been around for at least a year, preferably over two, and which either have no advertising whatsoever, or minimal ads (e.g. textlink, button).

The only feature that is definitely required is PHP, but this isn't for heavy usage or anything.

I have been running a few searches, but what I'm most interested in is reliability - good uptime, good chances of not vanishing within a couple of months - and I figured I'd get a more honest response here.;)

Any suggestions?

PS Failing that, I'd take suggestions for supercheap hosts, which preferably do business in € or £. Thanks. :D
 

ephekt

New Member
Well I personally hear loads of good remarks about ZoomCities (search this forum to find the user and message him or her/see their ad). ZoomCities offers solid hosting, no ads, php, cpanel, they host out of the US on two super heavy duty computers.

Outside of ZC, I honestly have not seen any other good hosting companies (besides my own ofcourse!).

If you are looking for a special hosting organization, more of a sponsorship, there is Tumble. Tumble (search for him as well) runs a VPS and sponsors certain projects meeting his requirements.

As far as i know, myself included, all the hosts mentioned require English content. Synced.org, my hosting, require one ad you chose from but the other two hosts listed require no ads as far as i know.

Good luck!
 

tumble

Owner/Operator
NLC
thanks for the Recognition ephekt.

Yet you forgot to add AMZ and cybertoads i think it is called.
 

ZoomCities

IT Community
NLC
Yes, Thanks ephekt. Adding those 2 hosts mentioned by tumble to us 3 will be the top 5 free hosting provider here in FWS.

Zac
 

danosd

New Member
Thanks for the suggestions; I'll be sure to check them all out and see which ones are most suitable. :D
Don't forget to check Awarspace. They offer php support, no forced ads, your own ads allowed, 200mb disk space, 5Gb bandwidth, mysql databases,ftp accounts, your own domain hosted and you can host multiple sites. I have been with them for quite a while and really like their service (although their hosting panel is not very good and lacks a lot of features).
 

satu

New Member
Have used cybertoad.net for sometime now and they have good hosting - lots of space and good uptime. No ads. They don't like ads at all. Not on their page not on your pages either.
 

ExpertWebHost

Active Member
btw, zeeblo.com is the best ever i tried as far as free hosting is concerned.

i heard a lot of +ve remarks on ZoomCities too.

i tried cybertoad. they are good but very restrictive.[u can't even place u'r adsense code on their free hosting package.]
 

amz

b&
Have used cybertoad.net for sometime now and they have good hosting - lots of space and good uptime. No ads. They don't like ads at all. Not on their page not on your pages either.
Thanks Satu for the recommendation! :wave:

Yes, we are pretty much unmatched in the entire hosting industry
having first opened on January 2, 1997 and been providing fast,
stable, reliable free hosting for well over 9 years now!

One thing that truly sets us apart from all the other free hosts and
even many regular paid hosts is that we are one of the only hosting
providers on the planet that can legitimately claim that we have
virtually no problems with spammers, hackers, piracy, illegal porn,
or anything else deemed "undesirable". This is made possible because
of the extremely effective account monitoring and sophisticated
security technologies that is the very core foundation to all of
our servers and hosting accounts.

In addition to unmatched security and reliability, we also utilize
a 4 tier backup system which continuously keeps member data safe
and all account data is backed up in live real time, daily, and also
available on demand as well. If a hosting member screws up their
account, all they have to do is simply ask and we can roll back their
account to a previous time before they screwed things up.

We utilize the very latest applications and the very latest versions of
of all software from PHP, MySQL, Cpanel, to Fantastico, and more!
We are continuously updating and upgrading everything!

As far as uptime goes, we are unmatched in that area as well with our
uptime being tracked in "years" between downtime events verses the
typical days, weeks, or months you find elsewhere. Our uptime exceeds
99.99% annually and we are generally down about 1 day per every two
years on average usually for planned major hardware upgrades.

For those who want or need a little something more than FREE hosting,
Cybertoad Networks is just 1 of 74 hosting brands that we own in our
network and we have seemless upgrades available to paid hosting,
e-commerce solutions, reseller plans, vds accounts, and dedicated
servers and also offer co-location services at serveral of our data center
locations. Whatever your needs, we can usually provide it!
 
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Takster

New Member
Thanks Satu for the recommendation! :wave:

...blah blah blah...
Dude you have one of the most restrictive TOS out there for a free host so dont blow your own horn to much there.
I rate you about 5/10 as things are.

There are many better hosts. And i found a great one. (not you)
 

tumble

Owner/Operator
NLC
Dude you have one of the most restrictive TOS out there for a free host so dont blow your own horn to much there.
I rate you about 5/10 as things are.

There are many better hosts. And i found a great one. (not you)
Just wondering what about his TOS do you not like?
 

icontact

New Member
Dude you have one of the most restrictive TOS out there for a free host so dont blow your own horn to much there.
I rate you about 5/10 as things are.

There are many better hosts. And i found a great one. (not you)
They cant please everybody. I'm sure they have their own reasons why the TOS is restrictive, they are just looking after their own and their clients best interest.
 

amz

b&
They cant please everybody. I'm sure they have their own reasons why the TOS is restrictive, they are just looking after their own and their clients best interest.
LOL! Our TOS really isn't restrictive unless you are planning on using
the free account for something illegal or for business "for profit" use.

Likewise, our TOS policy actually does not really differ from any other host.
Where we are different is in that we actually enforce our TOS policies and
have the technical capabilities to watch every account every single
second of the day and just to give you a side example, our average time
for terminating the accounts of software pirates is roughly about
5 seconds on average to give you a rough idea of our capabilities.

Most other hosts out there are limited to 1 to just a few administrators
and have no other means of monitoring users other than manual periodic
reviews of the accounts which means that most users can easily get
away with things against their host's TOS policy and it might take quite
a while before they get caught (if they ever get caught) and that is one
of the biggest major problems with running a hosting service for many.

This doesn't mean that many other hosts don't have solid TOS policies but
rather that most just don't have the means to enforce their own policies
effectively which is something we are working on helping hosts improve
through a number of technology sharing projects we have sponsored
and continue to sponsor so that is a trend that may be changing.
 

icontact

New Member
LOL! Our TOS really isn't restrictive unless you are planning on using
the free account for something illegal or for business "for profit" use.

Likewise, our TOS policy actually does not really differ from any other host.
Where we are different is in that we actually enforce our TOS policies and
have the technical capabilities to watch every account every single
second of the day and just to give you a side example, our average time
for terminating the accounts of software pirates is roughly about
5 seconds on average to give you a rough idea of our capabilities.

Most other hosts out there are limited to 1 to just a few administrators
and have no other means of monitoring users other than manual periodic
reviews of the accounts which means that most users can easily get
away with things against their host's TOS policy and it might take quite
a while before they get caught (if they ever get caught) and that is one
of the biggest major problems with running a hosting service for many.

This doesn't mean that many other hosts don't have solid TOS policies but
rather that most just don't have the means to enforce their own policies
effectively which is something we are working on helping hosts improve
through a number of technology sharing projects we have sponsored
and continue to sponsor so that is a trend that may be changing.
What do you find amusing with what I said?
 

amz

b&
Icontact, I'm not laughing at what you said but rather at Takster!

I quoted your comment from the frame of reference of additional comment
following up to what you had said back to Takster.

I hope that makes more sense to you now. :)
 

icontact

New Member
Icontact, I'm not laughing at what you said but rather at Takster!

I quoted your comment from the frame of reference of additional comment
following up to what you had said back to Takster.

I hope that makes more sense to you now. :)
Thats cool no harm done. :wave:
 
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