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|If you've been on the Web very long, you're no doubt wondering what is involved in starting your own Web page. Well, you've come to the right place. Below, we list services that will give you FREE Web pages.
In some cases, these services will help you publish a Web site even if you have
no experience in writing HTML (the coding language that is used to create Web pages).
With many of these services, the only work on your part is coming up with content ideas for your Web page.
The list of possibilities is endless: you can publish your resume on-line, publish a page devoted to your favorite hobby or cause, create a page devoted to yourself and your interests, or have a page that displays your family's photos, etc. If you have a business, you can set up a page for it (but note: some of these services do not allow such pages).
Once you sign up for a free Web page, then you can return to TheFreeSite.com and grab
yourself a free page counter,
a free guestbook, free graphics, free feedback forms and lots of other goodies for Web site creators.
Please send us E-mail if you're aware of any free Web page services that we haven't listed below.
- 50megs.com - A solid, reliable free Web hoster that offers you a generous 50 megabytes of space, in exchange for displaying their 468-by-60 pixel banner, (which you may display either inline or as a pop-up). Your URL here will be http://www.50megs.com/YourSite. They also offer an easy-to-use online "EZ Web Builder" that allows you to create Web pages, even if you have no knowledge of HTML. Note: no adult or warez sites allowed. (50megs.com now offers FTP access).
- WebProvider.com - We've had a number of requests lately for a free Web hosting service that offers full CGI access and FrontPage extensions. This ace free hoster offers these services and a lot more. WebProvider.com gives you 10 megs of space, free hosting of virtual and non-virtual domains and telnet/FTP access. They also offer page building via the innovative, easy-to-use Trellix Web-building tool. Tech support here is solid. Members are required to display either pop-up ads or banner ads on their pages.
- Internet Trash - Unlike many free Web host providers, which place restrictions on content, these guys say they welcome "offensive, tasteless, useless, trashy, crude, rude, lewd, etc." content. (However, no adult content is allowed). What's more, they don't clutter your site with banner ads or pop-up ads. Definitely a nice change of pace. Here, you get 20 megabytes of space and FTP access. Other free features here include message boards, chat rooms, voting booths and more.
- Netcolony.com - A fast-growing free Web page provider that offers a generous 35 megabytes of space. One big plus here is that they don't burden your site with annoying pop-up windows (although they do require you to display a banner). There are helpful tutorials here on HTML and site design, as well as information on graphics, site promotion, Java and more.
- FreeServers.com - Here's an excellent free ad-supported Web hosting service that offers you a choice of six subdomains and "unlimited" E-mail addresses. Your site address here will be (for example) http://YourSiteName.freeservers.com. FreeServers.com gives you 20 megabytes of space. You also get a free counter, a free guestbook, instant messaging, and direct FTP access.
- Qwik Pages - This new service lives up to its name. Just fill out a short form and you'll get your own free 100 megabyte Web site, along with your own free E-mail address. You edit and upload pages here through their online "Qwik Builder" utility, which is easy to use. No adult sites permitted. Qwik Pages now offers FTP uploading, free stats and other handy new features.
- TopCities.com - A promising new free Web space provider, TopCities.com offers you 50 megabytes of space and "unlimited bandwidth." Here, you upload your files using their online "EasyUpload" utility. TopCities.com also offers a number of free enhancements for your site, such as a guestbook and a message board. They also feature a free submission utility to help you get listed in the Web's major search engines.
- Escalix Free Web Space - This free Web page provider offers you six megs of space. Here, you upload and edit your Web page with their easy-to-use "Homepage Manager." Access is quick, thanks to their OC-3 (155 mbps) connection. Members are required to display two 468-by-60 pixel banners on their pages. No porn sites allowed. Escalix recently upgraded their servers and service has greatly improved.
- Dencity.com - A new hoster, Dencity.com offers 25 megabytes of free Web space for your commercial or personal site. Here, you get a message board, daily stats, CGI scripts, FTP access and a Web file manager. Rather than burdening members' pages with large banners, all they require is that you display a small button at the bottom of your page.
- 20m.com - At this free Web hosting service, you get 20 megs of space, along with a third-level domain. Your URL here will be YourName@20m.com. 20m.com also offers free E-mail accounts, instant messaging, FTP access and site promotional tools.
- Stas.Net - Here's a new free Web page service that offers "unlimited" space and bandwidth for your personal or commercial Web site. They also offer other free goodies, such as a guestbook, a message board, a search engine and more. Stas.Net no longer requires members to display ad banners on their pages.
- Bounceweb.com - Here's a promising new free Web page hoster that offers you 11 megabytes of space. Bounceweb.com also features a free online Web site account manager, a guestbook, a message forum and more.
- Channel21.com - A new free Web space provider that offers you 12 megabytes of space for your personal or business Web site. If you're a beginner, there's an easy "point and click" utility for building your Web site. There's also an "Expert Builder" that allows more experienced users to create their own HTML coding. No spamming allowed here. Channel21.com offers some of the best tech support of any free Web hoster.
- Cybertown - OK, so you've already got a regular Web site, you say? Well, then, why not try your hand at setting up your own 3D virtual reality home on the Web? Just sign up with Cybertown (it's free to register) and you'll get your own customizable virtual reality home, complete with personal chat, a message board and more goodies. Once you've set up your home here, you can invite your friends over to hang out and chat---all in full 3D! There's always something new and interesting going on at this massive site.
- Delphi - Once known primarily for its free message boards, Delphi is now offering a very basic free Web page service. Delphi's "Personal Home Page Builder," makes this service particularly appealing to new Web authors (although more experienced Webmasters will find the builder much too limiting). The online builder is easy to use; just fill in the forms to create your page. (You must display their banner and you may not display more than four image files at one time on your site).
- WebJump - WebJump offers a generous 25 megabytes of space. It's easy to get set up at this speedy hoster. WebJump offers a publishing tool that makes it easy to create pages here, even if you're a newbie with no HTML coding experience. Note that you must display their 150-by-60 pixel banner on each page.
- WebJump offers phone and pager support (with a 30-minute turnaround) to assist you if your site goes down. They say they'll make "every effort" to respond to other tech support requests within 24 hours.
- Tripod - The second largest free Web page service (after Yahoo! GeoCities), Tripod also subjects its visitors to annoying pop-up advertising banners, an increasing trend among free space providers. You get 11 megabytes of space for your site at this service, which now has over 4 million members and which is owned by search portal Lycos. Here, you have two options: if you're a beginner, you can use the "Quickpage" option if you want Tripod to write your page's coding. If you know HTML coding, you can do it yourself through the "Custom" option.
- On Sept. 27, Tripod announced a "Builder Bucks" program that offers a way for members to earn revenue from their sites via advertising. Your site must receive at least 100 page views per day for you to be eligible to participate in this program. If you're using Builder Bucks, we'd like to hear about your experiences.
- Tripod offers support for Microsoft FrontPage extensions, which means that if you own this commercial Web authoring package, you have more flexibility in what you can do with your site, (such as the ability to easily add text searches). However, we've had a number of complaints that Tripod's FrontPage server is slow and buggy.
- Yahoo! GeoCities - Now a part of search portal Yahoo's empire, GeoCities is the Web's largest free space provider, with over 5 million "Homesteaders." GeoCities offers you 15 megabytes of space. You start out by staking your claim in a GeoCities "neighborhood" that offers pages with similar themes to yours (there are over 40 to select from). You then submit an application and are given a password for use in creating your own personal home page. You may then use GeoCities' file manager utility to create your home page. Or, you may submit your custom home page and graphics files using their "EZ File Upload Utility." You can also upload your Web page and other files using an FTP client such as this.
- GeoCities has removed its much-criticized "watermarks," which were once placed on members' sites. They've also stopped displaying their annoying pop-up banner ads. Advertising is now done via a small ad square of DHTML, which can be customized.
- After Yahoo swallowed up GeoCities we had a number of complaints about their terms of service, which had many folks concerned about the requirement that you give them "royalty-free" use of your content. After a storm of protest, Yahoo! GeoCities on July 6 issued a revised terms of service agreement, which appears to be a vast improvement (and led to the end of a Yahoo boycott).
- GeoCities has eliminated the problem of its once-cumbersome, lengthy URLs via a new naming scheme, which means that you can have a shorter URL, such as http://www.geocities.com/wolfmagus/.
- GeoCities offers a free affiliate program, Pages That Pay, that lets you earn commissions of up to 15 percent for displaying ads on your site. If you're participating in this program, we'd like to hear about your experiences with it.
- Some of our visitors report periodic access woes here. A number of complaints have also been posted on Yahoo! GeoCities' message boards lately about vanishing pages. We've also had complaints that support is difficult to obtain. However, other visitors report that assistance is readily available through the service's "Community Leaders," who may be reached via E-mail or ICQ.
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