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Freebies for Web page authors
|If you have a Web site of your own or are thinking of starting one up, you'll be pleased to know that there are many services out there that offer cool and useful features for Web authors, all for free.
Below, we offer a roundup of the best freebies and free services for Web page authors. Need a message board on your site so that visitors can speak their minds? How about an interactive form or calendar on your site? Or a local search engine, so your visitors can find what they need, easily?
Below, you'll find all this and more. You'll also find a number of free services for making the most of your site and ensuring that it'll draw an audience. For example, there are several excellent free services that'll quickly and easily submit your site to the Web's major search engines. And other free services listed below will check your HTML coding and Meta tags and make sure they're up to scratch. In fact, whatever your needs as a Web author, you'll likely find a free service for it on the Web!
Please send us E-mail if you're aware of any free Webmaster services that we've not listed, or if you find dead links.
- HostedScripts.com - Have you ever wanted to implement a CGI script on your site, but you don't have CGI access on your server? This site provides the solution: they offer loads of free CGI scripts and they'll host them for you, for free. Scripts here include a message board, a "free-for-all" page, a mailing list, random link, a form mailer, a jump box, a chat board and more.
- AAA HTML - Are you trying to learn HTML? This is the place to go. Here, you'll find loads of free tutorials on every aspect of Webmastering, from frames to tables to graphics. It's a handy resource, whether you're a newbie or a seasoned veteran.
- SiteToolBox.com - A treasure trove for Webmasters, this site offers loads of free goodies, tips and tools to improve your Web site. Here, you'll find resources to help you promote your site, improve its design and earn revenue. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned Webmaster, you'll find loads of helpful info here.
- ASPCode.Net - If you're interested in ASP (Active Server Pages), this is the place to go for free scripts and applications. A server-side scripting solution from Microsoft, ASP allows you to build dynamic Web sites. Here, you'll find free applications, such as ASPs that give you site stats, guestbooks, polls, file management and more. There are also free code snippets that offer functions such as file handling, forms, E-mail, security, etc.
- NetHop - This unique service offers free third-level virtual host names. What's a third-level virtual host name, you're asking? Well, with this service you can exchange your Web site's cumbersome URL into something much more elegant and easy-to-remember, such as: YourName.nethop.com.
- FreeFind - With this fantastic, free service, you can easily add a local search engine to your Web site, thus making it far more appealing and useful to your visitors. You can add search capabilities to your site, without CGIs or server modifications. Visitors to your site will see a search entry form that looks like part of your site, because it can be customized with your own background and logo. You can read TheFreeSite.com's interview with the creators of FreeFind here. (The best service of its kind available on the Web).
- SiteGadgets.com - A welcome addition to the ranks of Webmaster freebies, this site offers loads of free, ad-supported interactive "gadgets" that you can easily add to your site. Gadgets here include such useful site features as a links page, a jump box, a "spam fighter," a random image, a random link, a simple counter, a password protection feature, a voting booth, a guestbook and more.
- LinkCounter.com - Have you ever wondered how many clicks your site is sending to an affiliate program or linkback partner? This unique free service monitors the number of clicks your links are getting. It also monitors internal links so you'll know where your visitors are going.
- LiveUniverse.com - LiveUniverse.com offers loads of free tools and features that you can easily add to your site to make it more appealing to your visitors. Or, for that matter, you can build a site from scratch here, for free. Features here include chat rooms, message boards, online auctions, guestbooks, mailing lists, quizzes, polls, greeting cards and many other goodies to spice up your site.
- Boards2Go.com - This new service offers free, remotely hosted message boards for your Web site. The boards here are customizable and offer features such as a search function, a counter and bad word filtering. For now, the boards display no banner ads, (although this may change in the future).
- Cgi2Go - This nifty service offers free remote CGI hosting and basically takes all of the legwork out of setting up CGI (Common Gateway Interface) scripts on your site. A number of useful scripts are available here, including a mailing list, message board, voting booth, a "fortune cookie" script, a guestbook, a text counter, an image counter, a random link, password protection and more.
- ProBoards.com - This new service offers a free, highly configurable message board for your Web site. During their ongoing beta period, no ads are placed on their boards. You can easily customize your board to match the look of your site. Many features, including password protection, a "read only" option, E-mail notification for replies, etc.
- HomePage Tools - Do you want to make your Web site interactive? HomePage Tools makes it easy for you to easily add nifty services to your site, even if you don't have CGI access on your server or know nothing about scripts. Ad-supported free services here include a "free for all" links page, a partner program, guestbook, forms processor, site counter and a search engine. Be sure to also check out their "UltraBoard," a powerful, easy-to-navigate bulletin board.
- Freedback.com - This outstanding, pioneering service is perfect for Webmasters who'd like to add interactive forms to their site, but don't know a scripting language. Just follow the easy instructions here and Freedback.com will generate a custom form for your site. Several other similar form generators have emerged in the wake of Freedback.com (formerly known as FreeForm), but this service is still the best of its kind.
- Alx' Free Web Polls - Wondering what's on your visitor's minds? Have you recently added a new feature to your site and you'd like to know what your visitors think about it? Then click over to this site to get a free, easy-to-implement custom poll for your Web site. Just sign up and follow the step-by-step guide and then paste a snippet of HTML code to your page and you're good to go.
- Myforum.net - This free service makes it easy to set up a custom, interactive message forum on your site. The forums here support 19 languages and are easy to use and navigate.
- All 4 Webmasters - A nice roundup of free services for Webmasters. Here, you'll find listings that are reviewed and rated for various services, including site promotion, hosting, counters, guestbooks, graphics, Java, CGI services and more.
- Mypoll.net - Need a custom, interactive poll on your site? You can easily set one up with this free service. No CGI required; just fill out the forms at the site. You may also configure the appearance of your poll so it will match the look of your site. You may have up to 10 answers for your visitors to select from.
- Ballot-Box.net - What's on your visitors' minds? You can find out, using this nifty, free service. Ballot-Box.net allows you to easily add a poll or survey to your site, so that you can find out what your visitors think about your page, your products, current events, etc.
- Link Trader v1.0 - Does your Web site have a lot of reciprocal links with other sites? Then check out this handy free program that'll help you manage your linkbacks. Link Trader is a database-driven program that stores the URLs of all sites that link you. It'll scan these sites and confirm that your partners still link you. Free, but registering this program ($20) gets you more handy features.
- The Caesium Network - There's a good collection of various free items and free services for Webmasters here. Content ranges from free CGI scripting to free Web space and more, as well as a directory of other sites that offer Webmaster freebies.
- Free Site Stuff - Are you looking to enhance your Web site? This impressive new site offers many remotely hosted free services that you can easily customize and add to your site. Here, you'll find forums, personal ads, a local search engine, a guest book, games, a poll service and more. The service is ad-supported (but the good news is that you receive half of all banner impressions).
- Everyone.net - Have you ever wanted to offer a free E-mail service of your own to your site's visitors (just like the big boys like Yahoo and Lycos)? Everyone.net offers such a service: they offer "industrial strength," branded E-mail that you can customize to match your site's appearance. What's more, you can earn revenue with this service (You get half of the ad inventory to run your own banners). We've used Everyone.net for the past month and have been pleased with their service: it's solid and reliable.
- SiteInvite.com - Here's a free service that allows your visitors to easily recommend your site to others. SiteInvite.com offers speedy service and provides you with real-time, detailed stats on the number of recommendations that your visitors have sent. Using a service like this is a good way to help build traffic.
- I-Revenue.net - An impressive resource, I-Revenue.net offers a vast collection of money-making opportunities for your Web site. Here, you'll find a treasure trove of the Web's numerous associate programs and affiliate marketing resources, helpfully organized by category. We also like the "Latest Headlines" feature, which details the Web's latest revenue programs.
- Zach's Archive - This helpful free Webmaster's resource hosts a number of CGI and Perl scripts for free, including scripts that run guestbooks, form mailers, self-grading quizzes and polls. You may use these scripts for free and have the option of downloading them or letting Zach host them for you.
- Free-Web-Site-Hosting.com - If you're looking for a home for your Web site, this is the place to go: it offers a free (and commercial) Web host search, along with a worldwide domain name search. There's also a good directory of free Web site utilities and tools.
- Submit Your Site - Here's a free service that lets you submit your Web site quickly & easily to 28 top search engines. They also offer a service that allows you to add a Web site submission service to your own site (a sure way to help attract visitors).
- DirectLeads - A solid lead generation network, DirectLeads offers a reliable way of earning revenue for your Web site. DirectLeads offers many appealing offers that pay you either per click or per lead. They have an excellent administration center that displays real-time stats, so that you may quickly see how much you're earning. We also like their banner rotation feature, which ensures that the banners that you display never get stale.
- Websponsors.com - If you want to earn revenue with your Web site, this is the place to go. WebSponsors.com is by far the most reliable, competent and trustworthy Web site revenue program on the Web. Since launching in April 1998, WebSponsors.com has emerged as the top results-based Web ad network. TheFreeSite.com has been a member of WebSponsors.com since June, 1998 and we've found them to be by far the best service of their kind. (Highly recommended).
- eBoz Directory - Michael Wong's fast-growing, information-packed resource is a must-visit for any Webmaster. eBoz offers loads of categorized listings on hundreds of topics. From making money on the Web to designing and promoting your site, you'll find hours' worth of browsing here. You can also rate the various resources you find here (and see how other visitors have rated them).
- Zwap.to - Does your Web site have a long, hard-to-remember URL? Sign up with this free URL redirection service and you can replace your cumbersome address with a short, snappy URL such as zwap.to/YourName. What's more, your URL will always remain the same; even if you switch Web hosters.
- Visitor Poll - Looking to find out what's on the minds of your site's visitors? Find out quickly with this new, state-of-the-art polling service. Easy to set up: just answer some questions, customize your poll and add a snippet of coding to your page and you're all set. Polls are updated in real time and graphical poll results are available.
- Delphi Message Forums - You can easily set up a customized message board on your Web site, using this excellent free service. It's a great way to create interactivity with your visitors. You can promote and share your interests; meet like-minded people; keep in touch with family; schedule and advertise events; and more. You can also administer your board (delete messages, set options, etc.)
- Announce It America - This Web site submission service offers a free version for those who have non-commercial, personal sites. They'll submit your site to 500 search engines, directories, "what's new" sites, classifieds and free-for-all-links.
- Site-List - Promoting your Web site is the biggest challenge you'll face as a Webmaster. Fortunately, with services like Site-List, this task is much more manageable. Site-List automatically submits your site to over 30 search engines for free. And you only have to fill out a form with your site's details once. There's also a handy Meta tag generator here to help you fine-tune what is an essential component of any Web site. (No adult sites allowed).
- Text-O-Matic - Here's a unique, free service that allows you to create nifty, interactive messages for your site's visitors. The messages can be customized any way you want and can even display to your visitors what browser they're using; how often they've visited your page; what page they just arrived from; the current time; and more. Easy to set up: just generate your message and add some coding to your pages and you're all set. (The best service of its kind on the Web).
- Mike's World - HTML guru Mike Lester's site is a good resource for Web page designers and serves up plenty of free graphics, free CGI scripts, Web design help, free fonts and tutorials.
- HtmlOthello - Here's a neat, free way to add fun content to your Web site that'll keep your visitors coming back. This service offers a free HTML version of the classic board game Othello. Features bright colors, 3D graphics and speedy gameplay. The "Personal Edition" of this online game is free.
- SubmitPlanet.com - These guys will submit your Web site to 100 search engines for free, if you display their 468-by-60 pixel banner on your Web site. Click on the "Free Submission" link to read about this offer.
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