2020's "Best" Free Web Hosting Options Compared & Tested

Best Free Web Hosting Companies 2020

With the rising expenses in starting a business and/or a website, free web hosting has become increasingly popular.

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In order to cater to the more budget-friendly market, some web hosting companies are offering FREE web hosting. But, what’s the catch?

Unfortunately, there are some web hosting companies that aren’t really what they make out to be. You’ll likely encounter restricted bandwidth and storage, poor server performance, and no guaranteed uptimes.

That’s why I’ve put together this guide of the BEST free web hosting companies in 2020. I’ll cover their features, uptime & performance and customer support.

Let’s get started and see what I’ve uncovered…

1. Hostinger.com (Best Almost Free Web Host)

I have to include Hostinger as they are my top web hosting company of 2020. Whilst Hostinger aren’t completely free, they do offer web hosting from just 80p per month.

Hostinger Dashboard

Hostinger have a range of hosting services to cater for their wider audience. Their almost FREE web hosting starts off with their Single Shared plan which is just 80p per month (a real steal).

You may think that you’re not going to get much for a few pence, but I can confirm that their features are pretty awesome considering the low price. Hostinger are easy to use and offer customers the ability to create a feature-rich website without needing to know how to code.

Uptime & Performance

Hostinger have a 99.9% uptime guarantee which is pretty generous given their hosting is just 80p per month.

I’ve been monitoring my low cost web hosting with Hostinger for 30 days. Here’s my results I recorded with Uptime Robot.

Uptime & Response Hostinger 30 days

In the last 24 hours, my test website has had an uptime of 100%. This is also true of the last 7 days. Over the last 30 days, my uptime with Hostinger averaged out at 99.91%.

I understand this isn’t a great uptime result, but it does fit in with their uptime guarantee. Over the course of 700+ hours, my total downtime was 68 minutes.

However, my site’s response time was not looking too great. This totalled 1337.34 ms which is above 1 second. Whilst it’s still below 2 seconds, it’s recommended that your website’s response time is kept below 1 second.


  • 10GB storage
  • 100GB bandwidth
  • 1x MySQL database
  • 1 email account
  • Free website builder
  • 24/7 support
  • 1-click installations
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Pros & Cons

+ Very affordable (just 80p per month)
+ Plenty of features (given the price, there’s lots to get started with)
+ 24/7 support (their support isn’t the best but it’s not bad at all)
+ 1-click installs (free installs for WordPress)
+ Generous storage and bandwidth (most websites won’t exceed 5GB storage)

– Not the best uptime (99.91% is okay but not great)
– Response time (over 1 second is a bit concerning)

2. 000WebHost.com 

000WebHost has been in the hosting industry for well over a decade. In this time they’ve earned themselves a solid reputation offering FREE web hosting with lots of features.

000WebHost Dashboard

One of my personal favourite things about 000WebHost is that they don’t have any adverts – what a relief! You can create your own website that’s free from any advertising or sub-domains.

Signing up to 000WebHost will give you access to their FREE website builder which has over 100+ templates to customise. This means you can create a free website and host it absolutely free – what could be better! Oh, did I mention they also support 1-click installs such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

Uptime & Performance

When I setup my 000WebHost website, I had the option to use their website builder or WordPress. On this occasion, I decided to opt for WordPress to see how an unoptimised fresh install would fair.

During the last 30 days, my uptime has averaged out at 99.89% on my test website. The total downtime has only totaled a few minutes, which isn’t terrible, but it’s not the best uptime.

My response time was 663.57ms – again, an acceptable result but not amazing. For an entirely free web host though, I really can’t grumble too much!


  • 10GB bandwidth
  • 1GB disk space
  • Free website builder
  • 1-click installs (WordPress)
  • Free cPanel
  • No adverts
  • Instant activation
  • 99% uptime guarantee

Pros & Cons

+ Easy to install
+ 100% free
+ Free WordPress installations
+ No adverts
+ Reliable and powered by Hostinger

– Limited disk space
– Uptime guarantee only 99%

3. InfinityFree.Net

InfinityFree.net is the new kid on the block. However, they’re spicing things up with almost unlimited features across the board. This is of course very refreshing considering they’re a FREE hosting company.

InfinityFree.Net Dashboard

Their unlimited disk space and bandwidth is attracting customers thick and fast. If you’re looking for a place to host your personal website or portfolio and want to show off a lot of images or videos, InfinityFree could be a great bet.

All of InfinityFree’s websites come with a FREE SSL certificate. This gives your website visitors the reassurance they are using a secure connection. Some paid for web hosting companies don’t even offer this, so the wins keep on coming with InfinityFree.

Uptime & Performance

InfinityFree boast a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This is very generous considering they are a free web host, so I was excited to see how my test website would fair.

After registering my account with them, I set up my website and started monitoring it using UptimeRobot.

To be honest, I’m a bit gobsmacked! Over the last 30 days, my test website with InfinityFree provided me with 100% uptime which is awesome!

My response time wasn’t bad either; all in all, I’m really pleased with their services, especially considering I had no downtime.


  • Unlimited disk space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Free subdomain name
  • Free SSL
  • Free DNS service
  • Free CloudFlare CDN
  • 10 email accounts
  • 400 MySQL databases

Pros & Cons

+ Generous unlimited features
+ 99.9% uptime guarantee
+ Plenty of free features
+ Free email accounts
+ Ideal for personal websites

– There are some restrictions applied before publishing a website
– Website will be suspended if usage terms are not met

4. x10Hosting

x10Hosting have been providing free web hosting for over a decade. Their complete hosting solution means you’ll get the latest technologies and best service, even though you’re not paying a penny.

x10Hosting Dasboard

If you’re looking for free hosting that actually delivers decent performance, x10Hosting is well known for their speed and reliability. They offer a website builder, cPanel, and 1-click installs, so setting up your website will be a doddle.

For more experienced users, x10Hosting allow you to implement your own PHP scripts on a variety of third-party packages. You’ll have access to the latest versions of PHP, MySQL and CSS too.

Uptime & Performance

I wasn’t sure what to expect with x10Hosting’s uptime and performance. So far, I had been quite happy with the results from other free web hosts, so it was any man’s game.

What an absolute blinder! 100% uptime across 30 days with no downtime recorded at all. I’m so happy with this result!

What’s more, my website’s response time was out of this world. A total of 207.10ms is really good, and I’ll definitely be recommending x10Hosting to those looking for a decent free web host.


  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited disk space
  • 1-click installs
  • cPanel
  • MySQL database tools
  • Cloud SSD servers

Pros & Cons

+ Unlimited features
+ Latest cPanel
+ Fast SSD servers
+ Free WordPress installs

– No uptime guarantee
– No free SSL

5. AwardSpace.com

AwardSpace offer a free web hosting service without any adverts or intrusive pop-ups. You’ll get 1GB disk space and 5GB bandwidth, allowing you to create a FREE website in less than an hour.

One of the features I really love about AwardSpace is that you’ll get a FREE domain with them. As well as this, you’ll get an additional 3 subdomains, so basically up to 4 hosted websites.

After signing up to AwardSpace, you’ll quickly realise you can install scripts with the click of a button. This includes the likes of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. There’s 24/7 customer support too, so if you’re struggling with anything, give the team a shout.

Uptime & Performance

AwardSpace offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee. It’s great that free web hosts offer a guarantee at all. I signed up for a free account and started monitoring my website’s uptime and response time.

During the last 30 days my uptime was 100%! I was really surprised with this and wasn’t expecting such a smashing result.

However, their response time wasn’t as good. This averaged out at 1104.31ms and at one point spiked to 4000ms which is not acceptable.


  • 1GB disk space
  • 5GB bandwidth
  • 24/7 customer support
  • 1-click installs
  • Free domain + 3 subdomains
  • MySQL database support
  • 1 free email account

Pros & Cons

+ Customer support on-hand when needed
+ Scalable options with premium plans
+ Free WordPress installs
+ No adverts
+ 99.9% uptime guarantee

– Limited disk space and bandwidth
– No guarantees on reliability or service