I grant you there are a lot of younger people who use free hosting as an aid to learning so having a place where
they can practice and perfect the skills so they will eventaully be able to charge for their work is a good thing. After all
every web designer and developer has to start somewhere..
It's also worth mentioning that very FEW free web hosting providers continue to use forced ads as a business model
and the likes of X10 Hosting and 000Webhost provide free packages that are actually better than some paid hosts.
However to dismiss what goes on down in the bowels of free hosting as nothing serious is something I would disagree with strongly,
for the often draconian restrictions imposed by some of these hosts for free accounts in terms of storage space, bandwidth and
server functions that many on 'pro hosting' take for granted mean many of those 'kids playing around' are creating more
efficient and leaner code than 'professional' counterparts, on top of finding workarounds to the restrictions. So there is without
a doubt some upcoming talent and may the gods help us all if they decide to turn Black-Hat.
Of course a rant is no good without an example so take a look at the Job Hunter Project
It's looking a bit neglected since all those involved were offered jobs as a result of creating it six months ago but the UK job scanner
is still working and a similiar site also using free web hosting has sprung up at nijol.x10.mx covering Northern Ireland Job vacancies.
It's not about what you got, but what you can do with it and lets face it the number of bloody awful
sites out there on the Internet using paid profesional hosting far exceeds those using free ones.