OK, so it’s been almost 6 months since my ADD treatment began, and what better way to test progress than a trial-by-fire? Other than finally nailing algebra. Letters and numbers shouldn’t be mixed, ever.
So what I’m looking for are kudos given to the most intuitive/helpful/easiest hosting services to get started with. I’ve seen some wonderful sites written through geocities, angelfire and others, but never had the patience to fully explore those services. Are they the best to use? Are there any others I’m not thinking of?
Help me find a site that will allow me to carry a website that nobody will ever visit!
Tripod, Angelfire, Geocities, etc… they’re more or less the same. They usually have ads and bandwidth limits, but aside from that, they really should be able to suit your needs just fine.
On the other hand, if it suits your needs, another area you can look into are blog sites (Blogger, Xanga, Livejournal, etc.) They sometimes provide less “annoying” restrictions, but you have to live with the blog format.
You can also try Google for review sites like this one. But most of the linked-to sites have annoying restrictions of one type or another. I hope somebody will be able to come along and just give you the name of a good site… I don’t know of any myself.
A better choice: If you’re willing to pay just a bit of money (like $5-$10 per month), you instantly move from crappy free hosts to excellent paid servers. Gone are the ads and you have freedom to do just about anything.
Your best chance, if you must stay free, is probably to ask your friends if anybody can host a site for you. If one of them uses a paid service, they should easily be able to host a small site for you and you won’t have to deal with all the crap that comes with free hosts.
I’ve recently set up free hosting at http://www.freevirtualservers.com/ which I’m very happy with. They request that you put a tiny little link to their site on your page, but other than that there are no ads.
The bandwidth on the free service is relatively small, but if you anticipate few visitors (as I did) then that’s fine. You can upgrade to the next level for a measly £20 a year for more bandwidth if necessary.
Of course, this is a UK site not a US one, but I don’t foresee any problems. I chose it because I was looking for support for php scripting, which it does do free.