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NearlyFreeSpeech.Net is a company that provides a nearly free hosting. This company is ideal for smaller websites, because you are only charged for the bandwidth you use. NearlyFreeSpeech.Net has a sliding scale of price when you use more bandwidth, but it's more cost-effective to use this hosting service when you have less data transfer. For those just starting out, NearlyFreeSpeech.Net is a fortunate and inexpensive alternative to other, more costly hosts.
To start, you'll need to pay a small deposit. With a microdeposit of $0.25, you'll be able to get your site hosted through NearlyFreeSpeech.Net. You are charged $0.01 per megabyte of storage. Therefore, if you only have 15 megabytes of storage, you'll only be charged $0.15 per month, and the $0.10 left over from your initial $0.25 deposit will carry over to the following month.
The company charges for bandwidth, $1 per gigabyte data transfer. The more gigabytes you use, the less you pay. For example, after you have used 10 gigabytes of bandwidth, you'll only pay $0.50 per gigabyte, instead of $1. The reality, though, is that you may not have that much data transfer activity on your site. The majority of the sites hosted by NearlyFreeSpeech.Net paid less than $1.00 per month for bandwidth.
If, by the mercy of fate, you are slash-dotted (this happens when a popular website links to your smaller, unknown site, thereby generating a surge in traffic), the most you'll probably pay is a one-time charge of $10. This is not a fee, it's the amount of bandwidth you incur due to heavy traffic. Your price will go back to normal when the surge is over. NearlyFreeSpeech.Net only charges you for what you use, nothing more.
Another great thing about NearlyFreeSpeech.Net is that you are not automatically charged when your balance runs low. NearlyFreeSpeech.Net does not keep your private information, like credit card numbers. Instead, you'll get a timely email reminder. If you don't pay your deposit before your balance runs out, your site is held in suspension up to 30 days before your account is canceled. There are no long-term contracts and no fees.
The price NearlyFreeSpeech.Net charges includes bandwidth, storage, and MySQL. You can pay using a credit card, money order, check, or through Paypal.
One drawback to NearlyFreeSpeech.Net is that it does not offer dedicated hosting. If you don't know what that means, then this is probably not a drawback to you. Dedicated hosting means that you have your own server, not shared with any other sites. This is not necessary for start-up or smaller sites, and when you're being charged pennies per month, you can't really expect dedicated hosting. But a developer can dream.
Overall, NearlyFreeSpeech.Net is a very attractive web hosting site. It's worth your time to check out, and it only costs a quarter to try it. If you don't like it, you can always get your money back.