Companies that offer free web hosting include AwardSpace.com, Weebly.com, Webs.com and Wordpress.com, as of 2015. Each site provides a different set of features to users, including site design options or social sharing tools, along with various paid upgrades. In most cases, free web hosting features ads or other limitations to offset the cost.
AwardSpace.com offers a free hosting package that includes a limit on the amount of data users may upload to the site as well as the amount of bandwidth available for site traffic, though it does not place any adds on the sites users create.
The free web hosting from Weebly.com functions on a distributed infrastructure, wherein each site is stored across its entire server system rather than storing a set number of sites on each machine. This means that if one site experiences a surge in traffic, it does not affect the load times on any other sites it hosts.
Webs.com allows users to create free personal, business or e-commerce sites with a drag-and-drop design interface that includes access to different templates, each of which functions for a variety of purposes. Users who sign up for free hosting with the site are not able to obtain a custom domain name, instead obtaining a subdomain of Webs.com.
Wordpress.com is a free blogging and site hosting service from the open source content management system of the same name. Users are able to create a website for free and access various design templates and themes, with the option to pay for custom domain names and to host their own ads.