000webhost Reviews

Read our expert opinion of 000webhost, along with unbiased reviews from 14 real users

A veteran and pioneer of the free hosting industry, 000webhost was launched in 2007 and now has millions of users with hundreds of servers. As hosting goes, it is pretty basic, but then what do you expect for free?

Actually, 000webhost does not just offer free web hosting, but their business model depends on offering limited plans so they can upsell not only their paid 000webhost plans, but also their premium brands such as Hostinger. That's all ok, though, and is to be expected. The major problem with 000webhost is that they do not offer support to even their free customers. All you are able to do is to post in their forum and hope the community helps.

If you just want to test out building a website, and don't mind the limitations and fairly ordinary hosting, then you could try them out, but we wouldn't recommend it.

000webhost key points

Platform

Linux

Control Panel

cPanel

Server Location

US

000webhost Users Reviews

Find out what people are saying about 000webhost below, or alternatively, if you have experience with them yourself, feel free to leave your review.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: Yes

8.0
Support
6
Features
8
Speed
6
Uptime
10
Value
10

getting a domain and hosting through 000webhost is great value. cPanel is the most used one around but the limited functionality means it is not good for professionals. For a beginner the hosting is good, but not for professionals.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

1.0
Support
1
Features
1
Speed
1
Uptime
1
Value
1

HORRIBLE!

ordered a free account - ALIAS DID NOT WORK
installed Wordpress - ALSO DID NOT WORK nginx error
ordered a .com domain - VERIFICATION BY EMAIL DID NT WORK
connected the domain - DID NT WORK
deleted WP page and uploaded individual website to - LOADING TIME + 45 SEC!!!!!

Tried contacting support - THERE IS NO SUPPORT

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: Yes

10.0
Support
10
Features
10
Speed
10
Uptime
10
Value
10

I am very happy they allowing me to create websites free of charge.

Anyone who complains about a free web hosting service is just stupid. Why company when it is free?

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: Yes

10.0
Support
10
Features
10
Speed
10
Uptime
10
Value
10

As a beginner I am grateful they have allowed me to learn how to build websites for free.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

1.0
Support
1
Features
1
Speed
1
Uptime
1
Value
1

000webhost sucks

It is not user friendly, lots of bugs and you can't even delete your account once it is created.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

1.0
Support
1
Features
1
Speed
1
Uptime
1
Value
1

They are not good anymore as a free service.

After a few months of inactivity I logged back in to the control panel, and my website was gone.

I then found out that they regularly remove inactive websites if nothing is uploaded, or if they did not receive more than 10 visitors in a 30 day period.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: Yes

10.0
Support
10
Features
10
Speed
10
Uptime
10
Value
10

I am learning to build websites and was quite sceptical about using a free service provider. So far they have exceeded my expectations.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

3.0
Support
1
Features
4
Speed
4
Uptime
4
Value
2

Warning It is a trap

This is a scam. you set up a website and it will work fine for a few days. After that you just end up getting "CPU Over Limit" page which they use just to advertise paid services.

They lie, there is no free hosting here and just use it as a ploy to divert your traffic to their website.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: Yes

10.0
Support
10
Features
10
Speed
10
Uptime
10
Value
10

So far very happy. Created a website to test it out and everything seemed great so now I am staying with them

Keep up the good work.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

1.0
Support
1
Features
1
Speed
1
Uptime
1
Value
1

Look elsewhere. They advertise low downtime but what you don't get is low divert time. Your site will continuously be directed to their AD site. It happens intermittently, so you don't know when or on which page you click on but eventually you will be diverted to their advertisments. They just want you to upgrade to their paid service Hosting24. Time to move on.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

1.0
Support
1
Features
1
Speed
1
Uptime
1
Value
1

Permanent "Under review" status

I uploaded my files and before I could do anything it went into UNDER REVIEW statement PERMANENTLY!

Not support is available so cannot even raise the issue with them. After 3 weeks of looking at that page I just gave up. DON'T HOST WITH THEM

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

1.0
Support
1
Features
1
Speed
1
Uptime
1
Value
1

000webhost is TERRIBLE

Unless you have lots of visitors your website will be deleted and removed for inactivity. Before that though you get a warning message appear constantly on your site saying "This website was set to be removed for inactivity by If you own this website, click here to protect it." so all visitors will see that too!

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

4.8
Support
1
Features
4
Speed
4
Uptime
5
Value
10

Absolutely no support. I only have one page on my website and emails. My emails don't work but they never respond to tickets and i cant post on the forums because my email is registerd. I keep going around in circles. I didn't mind about no support before because i only had a one page site and didn't need it but they should at least get the email to work.

Review type: Free hosting

Overall review score

Recommended: No

2.2
Support
1
Features
1
Speed
1
Uptime
1
Value
7

If you don't log in they wip[e your data WITHOUT ANY WARNING.

000webhost Expert Review 2017

freeNegative reviews of free hosting are bound to be common, after all what can you really expect from a service you do not pay for?

The answer must be not much, and that is exactly what 000webhost offers: Limited community support, deletion for inactive accounts, limited number of websites allowed, restricted resources and advertisements unless you opt out (which can be done easily),

If you are happy with very limited hosting, and want to pay nothing, then 000freehost is a reasonable solution.

On a plus side, they do offer cPanel, free website builder and its, well, free. Furthermore, for a free web hosting provider they do get many things right, offering cPanel, website builder, no adverts (when turned off) and active community support. Overall, if you really need free hosting, then these are worth considering.

We also recommend that you do not re-use any passwords or user names you have used elsewhere. They previously stored passwords in plain text, and had 13.5 million user account names and passwords stolen!

Editor's note: We think you would be absolutely mad to use a free hosting service for anything but minor projects that won't really get any visitors, such as when learning how to build websites. For anything that generates money, or is a serious hobby, just save yourself a lot of hassle and buy some decent hosting.

Top Features

For something that is completely free you have to give them credit for providing a relatively feature rich hosting environment

#1 cPanel Control Panel

cPanel allows you to manage all aspects of your web hosting account via a simple graphic interface. cPanel is one of the most popularand easy to use control panels. You can read more about cPanel, including a comparison with its lessor known competitors here.

000webhost cpanel

#2 Zyro Site Builder

Their free hosting comes with Zyro Site Builder allowing you to easilty create your own website easily, utilizing some reasonable looking templates, as you can see below.

Zyro Website BuilderYou only get access to the basic Zyro features, but it should be sufficient to enable you to decide whether to pay for their premium functions, although if you could pay for those, you are unlikely to be using a free hosting provider.

#3 Fantastico Script Installer

You can install over 50 popular scripts such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, OS Commerce, Photo Gallery and others via their one-click Fantastico installer.

#4 Pretty Good Uptime for a free host

If you discount the number of users reporting that their website is diverted to their Hostinger brand page, or deletion of accounts for inactivity, and just look at the uptime of the servers, then you will be pleasantly surprised.

status

They offer a 99 percent uptime guarantee, although make no mention of any compensation payable. We suspect this is just an advertising gimic, and you can find out what a 99 percent uptime guarantee actually means in terms of allowable downtime here.

#5 It is completely free

There are no hidden fees, and while you may get bombarded with adverts encouraging you to upgrade, there is absolutely no requirement to as long as you are a light user.

The Negatives

As a free service, there are bound to be more negatives than paid hosting providers. We highlight the more important ones below:

#1 000webhost Inactivity \ Banner Ads

000webhost have adverts that will show on your website, with particular reports that they promote their premium brand Hostinger.

The good thing is that you can disable these via your control panel, and full instructions can be found here. Just remember to do it, otherwise your website visitors may not be happy!

What you can't stop, though, is your website being deleted if you do not log in often enough, or if the website does not get sufficient traffic. If you really must use a free hosting provider, please make sure you take backups and keep them locally (i.e. on your computer).

#2 Slower Speeds \ Performance

You should expect slower website speeds with 000webhost. As a free service, they will undoubtably be squeezing more users on each server, thus reducing their costs. It is also likely that they have reduced the resource allocations to such an extent that your CPU throttled by CloudLinux.

#3 Only forum-based community support

000webhost used to be one of the few free hosting providers that offered its users ticket support. However, as of August 2016, they discontinued this, presumably to encourage you to upgrade to their paid services.

no ticket support

000webhost Free Hosting Plan

This review focuses solely on their one free hosting plan, but they do offer premium shared hosting available via their sister brand Hostinger (which is beyond the scope of this review).

Hosting Plan Notable features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
Free Web Hosting 2 MYSQL Databases, 2 Websites, Website Builder, cPanel, No Ads 1 GB 10 GB FREE

000webhost Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take backups?

They take weekly backups, which are stored under the backups section of the control panel. To obtain a copy of your backup, click "Make backups available for download" in order to transfer the backup to your control panel, which you can then download to your computer.

To restore a backup click "1-Click website restore" and upload the archive you previously downloaded.

How many free hosting accounts can you have?

There are no limits to the number of accounts you may have. Due to the limited resources allocated to each account, we would not recommend hosting more than one website on an account (even though the maximum number of websites per account is only 2).

Is the hosting really free?

Yes, they will not charge you for anything. However, the account is quite limited, and you will need to log in frequently to avoid it being deleted.

How does 000webhost make their money?

They have three different types of  funding sources. They also own Hostinger, which they try to upsell you to. They also receive donations by happy customers, and offer paid upgrades for those requiring more disk space \ other services.

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