Last updated on June 29th, 2017
I had been looking around forums answering queries these past few days and saw people eagerly looking for free WordPress hosting with CPanel, PHP MySQL.
I, myself, never go for free WordPress hosting as it is not recommended to build an online business at all. There are many issues which come along with the tag “Free”.
The hosting provider doesn’t provide timely support or never replies, there are backup issues which if not done, then you will have to start from the beginning, website crashes when it hits a traffic threshold setup by the hosting provider.
But then, there are some good WordPress hostings out in the wild which do help their customers start a business for free.
Not Free per say, you need to buy a domain name for your website. Some hosting providers mentioned below provide a free domain name as they say, but actually, these are sub-domains like xxx.x10host.com, xxx.pcriot.com, etc.
Do you sometimes feel like:
Wait no more…
Here are 9 Free WordPress Hosting Providers if you want to get your hands dirty in the online business::
This one is for my UK mates only.
Freeola is an internet service provider in the UK which provides free web hosting to it’s broadband users. Other users can also use their awesome services for £3.49/month which includes a free domain name, unlimited web space, and other features.
Hostt.com offers free WordPress and Joomla hosting to it’s customers. I found their services to be good but they have started putting some ads now on their free platform. For starting out, it is a good WordPress hosting.
One of the best free WordPress hosting out there with no ads.
They offer a lot of services and tools::
- Pre-configured W3 Total Cache plugin
- Manage your database via phpMyAdmin
- Upload & Download files via SFTP
- Unlimited WordPress sites
- 5GB SSD storage
- Unlimited data transfer
- 1GB email based on Roundcube
- Free global CDN by CloudFlare
4. GoogieHost – Highly Recommend
Googiehost is the best free WordPress hosting provider. There it is, I said it.
While I was experimenting with around 18 free web hosting providers, I found Googiehost to be the best.
Here are the features::
- 1000 MB storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
- 2 Email Addresses
- 2 FTP Account
- Website Builder (TRIAL)
- Auto Installer
- SEO Tools
- CDN (Cloud Flare)
- Monthly Backup
- Forum Support
I am going to go through the setup of one of my sites with you on this hosting so you can get a clear idea how to start.
Let’s Do This
First, go to GoogieHost website and click sign up at the top right menu.
Choose “Free Forever” Plan by clicking on “Order Now” at the bottom.
The following screen would come up:
You can register a new domain from here or use an existing domain name bought from Godaddy or somewhere else.
You will need to update the nameservers provided by GoogieHost in your Godaddy account or in the account from where you bought your domain name from. It is a simple process explained here for Godaddy but steps remain same for all.
You can also transfer your domain completely to GoogieHost too. It is a paid service.
Once this step is done, on the next screen you need to fill up two fields “Hosting Usage Description” and “HOW YOU PROMOTE US ?”. Just type a few words in there. It is just to know what type of website you are going to build. Following website topics are not allowed:: Phishing, Bot, Bitcoin faucet, PORN. And emails used for spamming.
On the next screen, click checkout.
And it’s done.
Within the next 24 hours, you will get an email from GoogieHost with all the details like cPanel login username and password, Server Information, Nameservers, FTP login credentials and Email settings.
Now you can start setting up your free site by logging into cPanel and installing WordPress.
Just follow the instructions on screen from this point forward and in the next 5 minutes, your WordPress website would be ready for action.
Note: You can setup only one free WordPress hosting per account.
It is another free unlimited WordPress hosting with Vista panel and no ads.
- No ads on your site
- Softaculous installer
- SSD-powered storage
- Unlimited disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth
- 99.9% uptime
6. 000WebHost – Highly Recommend
Another great free CPanel WordPress hosting with instant activation and no ads. In my experience, I have got 99.99% uptime with this hosting same is the case with GoogieHost.
Some of the features::
- Latest Cpanel
- 1 Click Script Autoinstaller
- Instant Backups
- FTP Support
- Web File Manager
- 99% Uptime
- Instant Activation
- POP3 Accounts
- IMAP Support
Sign up process is simple and activation is instant.
7. x10hosting – Recommended
This hosting provides SSD servers which are fast and reliable. But it is not available for all countries or regions, you will have to check first with them.
- Easy upgrades as your needs expand
- 300+ one-click installs, including all popular third-party scripts
- Easy file uploads, edits & more via FTP
- Manage MySQL databases via PHPMyAdmin
- Configure email inboxes and domains
- Friendly, knowledgeable staff
- 100% in-house, English support team
x10Hosting is a reliable WordPress hosting provider and worth checking out.
Biz.nf is a good WordPress hosting provider with all the features one can think of.
Some of them are::
- 1000 MB of web space
- 5000 MB of data transfer
- 1 POP3/SMTP, Webmail
- FTP Access, File Manager
- PHP 5/7, MySQL 5, CGI
- FREE Domains at .co.nf
- Blog & Site Builder FREE
- Web Hosting No Ads FREE
- Instant Account Activation FREE
9. Hostinger – Recommended
Hostinger has been synonymous with free WordPress hosting for a while now. And there is no doubt in it’s services being best in class for the newbie.
- FTP access
- Uptime Guarantee 99%
- Software Auto Installer
- Website Builder
- 2 Email Accounts
- Webmail Access
- Email autoresponders
- 24/7 Support
Though all the free WordPress hostings mentioned above provide backup and protection for your website, I highly recommend that you install UpdraftPlus for daily backups and Wordfence for security checks.
Avoid These Free WordPress Hosting Providers
Now comes the list of free WordPress hostings which you need to avoid.
As I mentioned earlier, I tried around 18 free WordPress hostings and found half of them to be crap.
I am not going to be detailed in their description as I see no point doing that.
The other half is as follows:
Reason: Check the screenshot
Reason: Check the reviews
Comparison Table of 9 Free WordPress Hosting Providers
|GoogieHost||2 Accounts||Yes||CloudFlare||Yes||upto 200||One per account|
|Infinity||Yes||Yes||NA||Yes||upto 150||One per account|
|WPNode||Yes, a 1Gb account||Yes||CloudFlare||Yes||upto 200||Unlimted|
|Hostt||No||Yes||NA||NA||upto 150||Unlimited, If Domain Names are bought from them|
|Freeola||No||Yes||NA||NA||upto 200||One per account|
|x10Hosting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||upto 200||One per account|
|Biz.nf||Yes||Yes||NA||Yes||upto 200||One per account|
|Hostinger||2 Accounts||Yes||NA||Yes||upto 200||5 websites per account|
In this post, I have tried my best to highlight the best free WordPress hosting providers and made a point to stay strictly away from some. In my research, I have found that there really are good free web hostings out there which a newbie with little resources can try and implement to be his online business starting point and gradually shift towards paid hosting.
Let me know if you found this post useful in the comments and update if you could on new and reliable free web hosting providers.