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Posted: 23 May 2013 07:38 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi.

I’d like to set up a site and stop relying on free hosting.
Basically I want somewhere to put my images, freebies and maybe potential producs or whatever comes along the way.
I don’t know anything about websites so ideally, I’d like somewhere I can register a domain and start working with an easy site builder like Wix’s or something, or in the worst case, using a registered domain with something created with weebly or something like that. :/
Biz.nf caught my attention:
http://www.biz.nf/web-hosting.php#

What do you think?  rolleyes

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Posted: 23 May 2013 09:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’ve been registered with Domain Registry of America for the past several years. If you register through them, you can get free hosting on their servers. I think they allow something like 5GB of space.

They won’t build your site for you, but you can check them out and see whether their offer would suit your needs. Other registries probably have similar offers as well. And I’m pretty sure that most of the registries also rent server space if someone needs more than what can fit on the free allotment.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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You might like Drupal Gardens. It is a CMS and free hosting platform like Wordpress but on steroids. It has themes, widgets, etc.. you can start for free and if you like it, migrate it to a paid account. Drupal also has a community similar to here but around website construction, from basic home sites to running universities, with a lot of community support and training (YouTube, etc…)

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Posted: 23 May 2013 09:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Dreamhost -hosts- my site and are all hooked up with Wordpress which is free. That might be just the ticket for you. (7Meg upload limit)

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Posted: 23 May 2013 09:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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You might like Wordpress, but it isn’t as flexible as Drupal. Both are worth checking out, as is Joomla! (the exclamation is part of the name.) I would recommend trying a CMS though (one of those three) if you don’t already do web design.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Heck, I might try Drupal and Joomla!.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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YouTube videos, Meetup.com for local groups… lots of resources for all of them. I’ve used them all myself and like them for different reasons, but I also like Notepad++ ;p

As a quick summary, Wordpress is the easiest but the most limited. Joomla! is the flashiest and has some nice widgets, pretty much in the middle, and Drupal… well it runs Universities (whole universities) so that should say something.. but it’s not bad to get going either. It’s the most powerful, but for some people can be less intuitive, and as I mentioned above has the strong selling point of having a free hosting where one can get up and running and decide if it’s right for them which is a nice feature. Wordpress also has or had free hosting, but they were much more limited then the other two especially in the free hosted versions. I’ve heard they’ve ‘grown up’ some, but haven’t played with them lately.

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Posted: 23 May 2013 10:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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If you’re setting up a portfolio with possibly a few extra features in the future, don’t go buying a truck when a bicycle is what you actually need.

As stated Wordpress is easy to set up, extremely popular (by a quick look at some statistics, easily trumping the rest) and well documented. It’s also being used by really big organizations, so it’s extendable if need be. My own site uses WP and I have no complaints, though i haven’t really followed the development of the CMS for the past couple of years.

Blog was a big feature for me back in the day (I migrated my blog from Blogger, and never looked back), so WP was a natural choice but for many artists and illustrators an even simpler CMS with good gallery plugin(s) and effortless usage is often enough.

If you have to wonder about needing a feature, you’re probably not going to use it in the long run. If you think something won’t be too much of an extra hassle (when there would be a simpler way), it will be. Make sure the process for updating the site is as effortless as possible, or else you’re not going to do it very often once the novelty has worn off. Been there and seen it happen to numerous other sites, commercial and private. But having said that, it’s also good to know that you will be able to extend the functionality (like with a store) if need be.

So the bottom line from me is, get a CMS (manually updating is a bitch) that you feel comfortable using and also pick one that suits your needs. Ask Google about CMSs and go to opensourcecms.org and try out the demos. They have countless free CMSs to try out, including Joomla, Drupal and WP.

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Posted: 24 May 2013 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Dreamhost -hosts- my site and are all hooked up with Wordpress which is free. That might be just the ticket for you. (7Meg upload limit)

I can second DreamHost without any reservations.  I just celebrated my 8th year with them in April, and have all my web sites hosted there using several different CMS pkgs as well as hand coded.  They also include one free domain name registration with each account.

You can check out their hosting here —> http://dreamhost.com/web-hosting/  Just scroll down near the bottom of the page and click on the Show More button to see all that’s included.

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Posted: 24 May 2013 10:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I was an online business owner for 8 years, had websites for a lot longer than that. Depends on how serious you are in selling stuff as to what you would want for a host. I only use pair as a multi-millionaire I met had all his mega corporations hosted by them- as they NEVER go down. And it’s true. If you are doing a business, free doesn’t cut it if it’s not reliable. So check out reliability FIRST. To register a domain, 1and1.com (but NOT for hosting.) If you don’t know how to code a website, and use a preset, once you get it done, PM me. I had a yahoo group of over 1800 people for SEO (search engine optimization) and I can look over your site. I’m not up on the latest stuff as it’s always changing but there are some basics which these “premade” gimmicks just don’t cover.

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Posted: 24 May 2013 04:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Very true.  I usually have to farm out any SEO, as I’ve never gotten into that.  Luckily I belong to an active listerv with some extremely knowledge members, so I always have someone to ask.

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Posted: 24 May 2013 06:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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http://www.wix.com/

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Posted: 24 May 2013 06:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I’ve been really pleased with hostmonster.com. Their customer support is excellent, and they fixed a security problem I didn’t know I had for free. It was awesome. I use wordpress with the DIY theme, which has some amazing options, good seo built in, etc.

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Posted: 24 May 2013 06:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Posted: 24 May 2013 07:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I highly recommend you check out Wordpress as a Content Management System (CMS), you will be hard pressed not being able to find a pre-made template that is to your liking that you can modify.

As mentioned above, free is not really viable unless you are just doing this for a hobby and don’t care about uptime and content restriction.  I’ve been using GoDaddy to host my website for the last 6 months and I’ve been extremely happy, not one outage and not one slow down. I can’t say the same for BlueHost and HostGator, I had trouble with both these hosting companies and ended up moving my site from one to the other until I settled on GoDaddy.

Hope this info helps and best of luck.

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Posted: 25 May 2013 04:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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So many options…
Thanks!

I’ve used the free version of Wix, and I love it, but the premium upgrade seems a bit price for now.
I don’t want something huge, just a domain and a fairly simple builder.
Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll check it all out!

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