Paid Hosting vs. Free Hosting
Ok now here are the pros and cons of Free and Paid hosting
Ok now the biggest benefit of free hosting is that it is free, but also, free hosting has a lot of good things about it though, like the fact that most things are installed already. Although most things that are already installed in free forums are very poorly developed, the reason being is, a free hosting owner wants to add a Mod to all his forums, well he will have to convince the Author of that Mod to agree with him hosting it for free. This is a problem cause most real good script makers and very reserved about what they make and dont like them to be distributed without them getting something in return, since its free hosting the owner is not going to pay for a Mod. Also free forums give you very low control over it.
Bottom line is, paid hosting is much better than free hosting, but I do recommend free hosting for starters, once you figure out everything you can move to paid hosting.