Friday, April 19, 2024

Building a Free or Low Cost Website

Is it impossible to build a really cheap website? Most definitely not! I am maintaining a very low cost website at the moment, in fact the site (http://www.echogecko.co.uk) cost a mere 8.00. So, even if you don’t think you can afford to make a website, if you have a bit of change in your pocket, that will be all you need.

Domain Names If you are going to register a domain name then I suggest you shop around registrars for prices. I used 123-reg.co.uk, a UK based registrar who I found most helpful. If you are inexperienced with domain names, I suggest you read up on them, otherwise you may run into some head-scratchers.

Think of a catchy name for your domain, so people will remember it. Then register it. The domain may take 24 hours to be registered but in that time you can be finding a web host.

Web Hosting Unless you have a fast computer and are always connected to the internet, you will want to find a web host, who will keep your files on a big server, and to find a free one shouldn’t take you that long, but most of them put their own pop up, or built-in adverts, which can ruin the way your website looks when you upload it, especially if you used frames.

The best free host I have found so far is portland.co.uk. They are also UK based, but offer a mypage.portland.co.uk sub domain name and no adverts whatsoever. This is a bonus. If you have bought a domain name, they will even host that for free with no adverts or transfer fee. Although I have experienced some technical problems with Portland, I believe they are stabilising their service and I highly recommend them.

Publishing When you sign up with your web host, you will be given a method to upload your files. (Web based, FTP, etc.). Any of these methods are great, but I prefer FTP and recommend it to advanced users. Web based upload is usually very simple, but FTP is handy when you would rather not open your web browser, and simply connect straight to the ftp server with ftp software (CuteFTP recommended).

Uploading is usually easy, but can take a while with a slow connection.

Recommendations There are some things that have helped me on the way to an extremely low cost web site, one of which is my love for design and the rush you get when people all over the world are visiting your web site; the other physical attributes are listed below with details.

– Visit www.dtp-aus.com for HTML lessons, tips, and webmaster utilities.
– To register a domain name I suggest you visit www.123-reg.co.uk .
– To get free banner less web space, visit www.portland.co.uk .
– To upload to ftp servers, I suggest you download CuteFTP from www.downloads.com .
– To put banners on your site to make you money, visit www.tradedoubler.com
– To speed up your internet connection by 100% for free (yes it really works) visit www.marketscore.com .

Mike Harding was interested in web design from a very early age and built
his first website then. Since then he has progressed in his hobby and his
latest project, http://www.echogecko.co.uk was born in 2001. Echogecko.co.uk
provides its visitors with musical resources, band reviews etc., forums, web
search, downloads, and more.

Mike will provide you with (domain name set-up, web site design, graphic
design, etc.) and could design and set up a website in about a week for 30,
but prefers UK clients.
Some organisations who have asked Mike to design them a website are:
– NYBEP Ryedale Summer School
– York Tigers Roller Hockey Team
– + more.

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