Don't go with free hosting unless you want to have problems for your websites, just invest a little like $5 and you can have a good shared hosting plan.
As my personal opinion then a free hosting will not be a good web hosting provider because you will get what you pay for.
For less than a hamburger you can have a monthly plan in a reliable company.
Why choose free when you are going to process client data, payments and you have absolutely no support if something fails? Think better imo.
In my opinion a best web hosting company is one which gives nearly high uptime. Because, higher uptime means better business productivity. Also, if you get 24x7 technical support, any errors arising will be rectified instantly. So, as long as you are having these things you need not worry. You will get good hosting service irrespective of whether you are using windows - linux vps hosting, cloud web server hosting, managed dedicated server hosting or colocation hosting services.
Which platform is your website based on? If it is based on Magento, then you may look for hosting plans that are optimized for it. My advice is to look for hosting that is as fast as possible, because speed is a vital factor for the success of a website. Choose a plan that offers SSD storage and CDN for faster speed. Also, if you sell things online, and if you deal with clients sensitive information, it's advisable to use SSL certificates to ensure that all data goes through a secure connection (https://) . I think when it comes to business, free hosting is not an option. There are paid hosting services that cost as low as $2-5 per month, but which are far more reliable and trustworthy than the free hosting options. And last but not least, I would like to wish you good luck with your business and website.
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I've tried Hostgator before but it's not free. You need to invest if you want a good hosting company. Hostgator is also cheaper than other hosting company. Server is fast and prices are affordable. Hostgator is user friendly and they have good support 24/7.
Try to research more until you find a hosting company that suits your e-commerce business.
based from my friends experienced. never attempt in getting a free hosting service. You know how important personal infos right? You won't have guarantee they will protect that for you. As what other member's here posted, why not get a decent paid hosting service instead of risking your files?You can search for the budget friendly price thru google.
I wouldn't say they is a "best web hosting provider" it depends on your needs and everyone is different depending on the package type they require e.g cpanel, cloud, wordpress, reseller etc. Most people also think by finding a company with the cheapest price would be the best but infact they'd just limit your resources or its a company thats making little or no profit and likely to go bust and lose all your data at the same time!
Do your research when finding a provider and look at their reviews and the amount of time the company has been in business to get a some good ideas where your are going to host your website and files.
Although, there are many hosting providers who can provide good and reliable hosting services like Kinsta, Siteground, Cloudways, Pagely etc. These all are the cloud hosting provider. You can also choose the share hosting as well something like Bluehost, Hostgator, Dreamhost, etc. But I personally want to suggest you to choose managed cloud hosting if you want to grow your business globally.
More than a half of these providers are bad hosts, I used them. You should consider what you suggest to everyone if you have not used all or just re-share from some blog posts out there.
How these providers are good and reliable hosting?
Can you please clarify how you can judge these providers are bad hosts? Also, I personally used these providers for my different website and I don't have any issue. In fact I don't have invested much time because they are porviding very good services such as Free SSL, Dedicated Servers and much more.
For these features, you can find out on other hosting providers and it is not difficult to have them.
Bluehost, Hostgator are not good hosts, high price and you can easily get suspended if your site exceeds number of CPU usages or Bluehost is slow too.