Tho blog post was originally published on May 6th. 2018 and errors and omissions rectified on November 2nd, 2018.
Have you ever heard wanted to create a website, but didn’t have the money for a paid host? If this has happened to you, you probably turned to a free host for your website.
Although Free Hosting is a great place to start out, you should never go for the first free web host you come across without doing research into their business practices and consumer reviews.
A number of free hosts use a free reseller service ran by iFastNet under the name MyOwnFreeHost. Both ProFreeHost & InfinityFree use the MyOwnFreeHost reseller program. This program has numerous issues, which customers of ProFreeHost & InfinityFree may have experienced first hand:
Pirated cPanel (Until Recently) – For over 10 years, MyOwnFreeHost provided an unlicensed/pirated copy of cPanel branded as ‘vPanel’ to it’s customers. Although, the bought a cPanel License in Summer 2018, which would not be required if vPanel wasn’t a copy of cPanel.
Out Dated cPanel (Until Recently) – Until Summer 2017, MyOwnFreeHost still used the deprecated cPanel X3 Theme under the brand of ‘Vesta Panel’ instead of cPanel, which hadn’t being updated for at over 4 years and was no longer receiving security updates.
Limited Features – Clients of both InfinityFree and ProFreeHost receive the same limited cPanel feature set, as MyOwnFreeHost doesn’t allow its resellers to choose what features are offered.
Confirmed in November 2018 with an InfinityFree Test Account.
Hidden Limits – MyOwnFreeHost has hidden hard limits, therefore unlimited free hosting offers from co-branded hosts such as ProFreeHost and InfinityFree aren’t even remotely true, if the fair use policy is followed.
Secret Daily Visitors Limit – MyOwnFreeHost May Offer 100GB Of Bandwidth as the actual bandwidth limit, but they also limit you to 50,000 hits per day, which includes robots, views by the same visitor and revisits from the same visitors.
Confirmed in November 2018 with an InfinityFree Test Account. Please see http://www.myownfreehost.net/signup.php for further validation of bandwidth and storage limits.
How to Identify a MyOwnFreeHost Reseller:
1) Look for advertisements for ‘iFastNet’ in cPanel or their main Website.
2) Look for misbranded login pages, that look totally different to the normal cPanel login page on Paid hosts.
3) Look for nameservers with the domain byet.org, for example ns1.byet.org
4) Look for the use of a signup.php page which after submission directs you to a page that looks similar to the classic PayPal checkout page.
5) Look for the use of free domain extensions such as .ml, .ga or .cf. This isn’t a guaranteed indicator, however most hosting providers using a free domain extension use a free reseller such as MyOwnFreeHost.
If you have come across any of the above, you are almost certainly dealing with an MyOwnFreeHost reseller, and they should be avoided if you need a trustworhthy hosting provider. The vast majority of MyOwnFreeHost resellers provide minimal technical support, and some do not provide any at all, some resellers even use pirated copies of WHMCS & Blesta to try and look more professional.
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