The free hosting packages offered by Namhost were originally created to cater for clients who wanted DNS hosting but did not necessarily need a lot of storage space. But despite the small size, these free hosting packages have proven to be more than adequate for a wide range of purposes and over time, acted as stepping stones for many massive projects.
Is it really free? What's the catch?
What do our clients use the free packages for?
- Host e-mail accounts with their newly purchased domain:
Works great if you download mail to your desktop or integrate it with an online email client like gMail.
- Host "placeholder" / "under construction" sites, one-page promotional pages or even basic corporate websites:
Just need a few pages and a few pictures hosted? This is perfect for you!
- Test software on either a Windows or a Linux environment:
Are you a linux guy but found a really cool .NET script that might be a better solution? No sweat, now you can try it out without spending a cent!
- Run basic scipts that are time dependent using Linux "cron" or Windows "scheduler":
Need to send a report to yourself once a week? Or automatically update posts once a week? Or periodically scan a site every day? Just about any time-based event can be triggered with features that come with free hosting packages!
- Host the backend for mobile apps
Some of the most powerful apps out there are powered by less than what the free packages offer!
What features do the packages have?
Namhost's FREE hosting packages provide the same features as any of the paid Linux or .NET hosting packages. Included is also 1 Gb of bandwidth (more than enough for most small businesses) and a huge range of software solutions that can solve just about any problem.
What's are the limitations of free hosting?
Namhost's free hosting packages provide 50 Mb of storage space. While you should have no problem installing some of the more popular web applications, like Wordpress which is 22Mb, or Joomla which is 32Mb, PHPList which is 33Mb, etc, you will have problems with other apps like Drupal, which clocks in at 52 Mb. The FREE Hosting packages would generally only work for you if you intend to create a very basic static html site or intend to use the account primarily for e-mail routing or DNS management.
How free is free?
The free packages offered by Namhost remains one of the most affordable ways to get a website online in Namibia. But how free is free? Currently the only catch is that you need to register a domain name with Namhost or transfer a domain over to Namhost. A .com domain name is priced at N$200 / R200 per year. Or you can grab a .co.za for N$120 / $120. Other domain pricing can be found here.
How do I sign up?
For Linux Hosting (generally what most clients would want), go here: https://www.namhost.com/web-hosting/pricing/linux
For .NET Hosting, go here: https://www.namhost.com/web-hosting/pricing/windows
Have any questions?
Use the live chat and give us a shout! Or use our online contact form here. Or simply leave a comment below.