Free websites attract small business owners like a moth to a flame, but just how expensive will they end up being?
There are two categories of "free" websites:
Free domain specific website Pros & Cons:
The next category of "free" website comes from marketing companies that claim some variation of creating a website for the business owner at no cost unless they want to keep it. This seems like a great business idea, but the devil is in the details... the many, many details. While I've outlined the pros and cons below, I should stress that these types of companies do provide a legitimate service so long as you understand the potential consequences. Remember, if you've seen their commercials on T.V. they're paying for those ads somehow.
Free future charge / "30 day trial" website Pros & Cons:
To my knowledge there is no truly "free" website service that doesn't have at least some downside. In other words, you get what you pay for. If you are at all suspicious of a company, do a Google search with the company name + the words "scam", "rip off" or "complaints" and do your due diligence before signing up for a potentially very expensive free trial.
Experienced SEO professional and business consultant.