Originally Posted By: ecrofutt
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Chris, Thaks for the link to anybrowser.com. It helped me realize I need to make a few changes to my site.
I started with a free host site with pop up ads. After lots of months, I figured I should get off my a$% and decide how to do an ad free site. Costs me about $9.00 bucks a month. I really like the look a lot better.
THE WAY I DID IT versus THE WAY I SHOULD HAVE DONE IT.
THE WAY I DID IT
I started out by going to namesecure.com and registering my domain name. They offered a one page, very basic site NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE, E-MAIL that could get me on the web. It also gave me a e-mail forwarding capability so that any mail addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org was forwarded to my real e-mail address.
Then I went to Yahoo's Geocities free web hosting service at www.geocities.com and developed the real site using their "Page Builder" program. Kind of clunky but hey, it worked for me for awhile. When I had that site ready to go, http://www.geocities.com/b4uclose/index.html I went back to name secure.com and had it redirect www.b4uclose.com to www.geocities.com/b4uclose/index.html. That meant that anytime someone put www.b4uclose.com in their browser or clicked on a search engine result for www.b4uclose.com it actually sent them to the real web site on geocities.
Worked OK for awhile, but I really wasn't happy with the pop up adds or how clunky it was to download Page Builder each time I wanted to make a change to the site.
THE WAY I SHOULD HAVE DONE IT (The first time)
Finally I got it together.
I found that there are a lot of hosting services that have decent tools to let you develop your site without knowing computer programming, HTML, or any of that complicated crap. HTML reminds of college days programming in BASIC, yuk.
I did a google search on free hosting. In following those links, I found several that also did minimal cost hosting with tools to develop the site.
I chose www.tripod.com using their "site-builder tools. I chose their "Pro" service to meet my needs for a site and e-mail for $8.95 a month, with a $15.00 setup fee.
It comes with a free domain name registration or you can transfer your existing domain.
I developed (hah!) my new site there and I now like the look a lot better. Developed, baloney, I just copied the text from my old web site into the templates on the new site, changed some things around and viola, it was ready.
It's not quite as simple as I make it sound. You need to learn to take full advantage of the hosts tools for building your site. What I actually did while checking the free hosting links from google was sign up for a "free" account with information my head. I then played with their tools seeing how adaptable they were, could I use them easy etc. I did this on several free hosting sites. After I settled on one at www.tripod.com I went back to each of those and deleted my account so I wasn't taking up space on their server.
That was when I actually signed up for the paid account and domain name stuff.
I like the builder because it comes with templates such as one column page, two column page, photo album page, etc and can also be done freestyle. Like any new computer program, it takes a little playing with it to get it right.
I'm much happier with the new one.
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