Someone recently from India asked me to suggest any sites, which offers free web hosting and domain. However, you might find few sites, which do allow free hosting but such unknown sites are always associated with privacy risk and risk of data on the server. There are few blog sites, which do offer such web hosting but such sites are mostly Sub-domain sites like www.yoursitename.subdoamin.com, which is most certainly not a good idea, since it’s not a professional way to showcase your business. However, recently it has come to my notice(thanks to one of my friend), In case you reside in India then you might be glad to hear this that, Google is offering free web hosting space and domain for free for one Year under a program called India Get Your Business Online.
Google India on November 02, 2011 announced its Free Web hosting called “India Get Your Business Online.” The aim behind this is to support small and medium enterprises and business to go online. Due to lack of knowledge and money, most SMBs restrict themselves from making their presence online. Many SMBs invest their money in marketing consultancy for marketing their business however they are forgetting the most important part of business is to make it online available. Google India understands this problem and has come out with India Get Your Business Online Program.
What Google’s Offering?
- Free .in domain name and hosting for one year
- Free easy-to-build professional website
- Free email addresses
- Free 365 days support
- A free Google Adwords advertisement coupon worth 2500 INR for promotion of the website
Why Google Offering it for Free?
Google is investing in Indian businesses by creating Indiagetonline.in and paying for your .in domain registry for 12 months and hosting on HostGator just to help small and medium enterprise and business to grow on the web. According to Google “We want the internet ecosystem to grow, we want to improve the utility of Web for the users, and that will happen once Indian SMBs go online”
Is it Good?
All sites register under this program get hosting of 12 months on HostGator. HostGator is renowned and leading web hosting company. Besides that, Techie Inspire is also hosted on HostGator.
What Do I Need?
Interesting question, For sure you won’t be asked to pay. Anyway to register for free web hosting you need PAN card, which is mandatory just to verify that you or your organization resides in India.
Once you register on www.Indiagetonline.in, follow the steps or procedure as guided on the site. After completing One Year, you can keep continuing to host the site on HostGator by paying to HostGator. In any point of time, you can discontinue or move on to another web hosting site. I recommend all SMBs to try this out to grow your business online.