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Freehostia: free hosting for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Mambo, etc.

A couple months ago, I was asked to take over administration of my church's website. Although I had worked with LAMP and .NET websites in college, I wanted to see if I could use a blogging platform or CMS for simple, scalable administration. I googled for a free web host that I could use as a testing sandbox, and found the Chocolate plan.

Here's what you get with the free plan:
  • ad-free webhosting, administration via a full-featured control panel
  • 15 subdomains (
  • 1 MySQL database, with administration via phpMyAdmin
  • 1 FTP account, with administration via web or FTP client
  • 250 MB storage
  • 6 GB monthly traffic
  • Elefante (1-Click) Installer for over 40 PHP-based apps
  • POP3/IMAP email
In under an hour, I set up a free account and registered a subdomain. I then set up a MySQL database and used the Elefante Installer to try out WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Over the next couple weeks, I did notice that Freehostia's free servers tend to be less available than paid web servers; sometimes I couldn't get to the control panel or my subdomain. Still, it's an excellent resource for free web hosting.


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Would you miss this blog if I discontinued it? Please leave a comment.