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How to go about getting a free web-site

Updated on June 9, 2011

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Well first things first, nothing is free; you may not pay a fee for the product or service but a cost in some form is always there.

In the case of many free websites the cost is usually the ads they run on your site, ads which you often have little control over.

I use Google page creator for my website. It is free but the name Google does appear in the web site. I am fine with this as the site is mostly used to list my blogs and work here at hubpages and elsewhere so the name is not really of primary importance.

Over the years I have employed many free website services, I have used Yahoo's geocities and have had several projects on Bravenet.

There are others and I suggest once you know the why you want a web site that you take a minute and do a web search.

I also suggest that you do a trail run with the site’s interface to see how user friendly it is.

You do not want to waste time with complicated instructions or sites that load too slowly.

This is especially true if what you are looking for is sites to run a business from, virtual customers do not like to wait.

First, like most venture, business and personal, you need to ask yourself why I want a web site. What purpose will it serve?

You may find that a blog will work and there are a number of good blogging services such as blogger and WordPress out there.

Again, you must ask yourself why? When you can answer that you can then pick a service that gives you what you want.

 

 

In any endeavor, success is the result of careful thought and planning and a pinch of luck.

 

 

You may also want a service, such as Bravenet, that allows you for a fee, to use your own domain name. This is an option which means you do not have to sue it and can continue with the free service, but an option that you may one day want.

 

 

By ensuring that you can simple change from free to fee and the site keeps running is an insurance against any downtime if you should decide you need to upgrade.

 

 

One downside of the free sites is the limited range of template designs that you can pick from. This is especially a problem for a business as you want your business to stand out but as the web is a content driven environment that may not, at least in the beginning be a main concern.

 

 

What is as I have said is the reason behind you need for a web site or what will purpose will the site serve?

 

 

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    It tookme sometime to get to where I am and I still have much to learn and yes it it is fun. Thanks for visiting.

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    Rebecca Graf 

    9 years ago from Wisconsin

    I'm really new to this (I cannot believe how long it took me), but I currently use Google and and venturing into WordPress now. I'm surprised at how much fun it is once you get to know the terminology.

  • Wizzywigg profile image

    Wizzywigg 

    9 years ago

    Here is a great resource for you. http://www.yiphee.co.cc

    This is proffessional PHP free hosting. Once you sign up you will be given access to a control panel where you can either upload any of about 40 different web forums and blogs, or you can upload your own site. You will be able to create 6 sub domains, six add-on domains and six parked domains, and will have have 3 Mysql databases. There is also a support forum and community forum plus an excellent ticket system for any problems.

    Yiphee do place one ad on your site, but you can also place your own. They give you incoming and outgoing mail and you can also add google aps to control your mail. You can use a Yiphee domain name such as you.yiphee.co.cc or you can set your own domain name servers to your site. This can be a name that you already own, or one you purchase from anywhere, or can even be a free domain name such as those provided by www.co.cc

    The only obligation you have is to get 5 visitors per month. Also, they do allow you to have more than one account but ask you to use different email addresses as their sysytem will otherwise remember you. I think the maximum you can have is 3 accounts, but that effectively gives you 18 sub domains and 18 add on domains. I also know that they are shortly upgrading their free hosting to 10 add ons and 10 subs per domain, plus increasing their databases to 10.

    You do get a choice of forums etc as mentioned, using their fantastico installer, but they do not provide a web builder, so my advice there if you have no experience is to google 'free templates', choose one, upload it to your site and edit it online. You can always ask for help on their forum or email them at admin@yiphee.co.cc You could also put in a support ticket, they are very helpful.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Hi denise,today.com is a good way for someone who adds something to say to pick up some money for doing so. Thanks for stopping by.

  • denise mohan profile image

    denise mohan 

    9 years ago from California

    I have 2 blogs that I add pics to but it is nice to see a $50 check after 50 (100 word) blogs on anything you like. Today. com, YEAH, just got my first check. Now I can say that I am a paid and published author. Isn't the new technology simply amazing? Truley enjoy your material, Bob...

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the input, free does come with limitations and conditions.

  • HelpingGuy profile image

    HelpingGuy 

    9 years ago

    Used googlepages.com few weeks back.

    I actually liked it, tough it was a kind of limited for me (limited! because it was offered for FREE :) )

     

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    SirDent 

    9 years ago

    Freewebs is pretty good also especially for those who know very little or nonthing about html.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Kulsum Mehmood profile image

    Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

    9 years ago from Nagpur, India

    I use google.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks to both of you for your input, it helps someone trying to decide what to do to hear from those who have been there.

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    NoLimits Nana 

    9 years ago

    I agree a Wordpress blog can suit most users, and investing in the pro version will allow a very customizable business web presence.

    I've been using Blinkweb recently, and have found it easy to use, quite versatile, and it's free, unless you want to use your own domain name. You can purchase the domain name through them for $1., and they will host it for $14.95 a month (a bit steep). You can also download your finished site, and post it to another server. also for a fee.

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    foodstorage 

    9 years ago from Utah

    I've used geocities in the past. I really liked it in the old days but it is way more ad intense lately it seems. For casual web users a blog would serve your purposes just fine and they don't have ads. You can set up static pages on a blog as well as give updates through blog posts. For a business it's totally worth it to invest $8 in a domain and $4-5 for hosting a month. You have all the flexibility of design and functionality and can include a blog too if you want.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    But you can use google sites, if you have an existing google account or you can set up an account and use it. start here. https://sites.google.com/

  • Steven Gomez profile image

    Steven Gomez 

    9 years ago from Chicago, IL

    From Google themselves:

    "Google Page Creator is no longer accepting new sign-ups.

    We are no longer accepting new sign-ups for Page Creator because we have shifted our focus to developing Google Sites, which offers many of the capabilities of Page Creator along with new features like site-level navigation, site-level headers, control over who can see and edit your site, and rich embeddings like calendars, videos, and Google docs.

    If you are currently a Page Creator user, you can continue to use Page Creator and your pages will automatically be transitioned to Google Sites later this year. We are committed to making this transition as smooth and easy as possible, and we will post more details as we get closer to the transition time. You can also manually move your web pages from Page Creator to Google Sites or other service providers at any time.

    Learn more about this change."

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