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A Few Tips On Dealing With Free Web Hosting and Domain Name Web Hosting
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When the time is right, BUY a domain name and obtain professional, domain name web hosting.
There are two big reasons for this are:
1) A domain name conveys you are serious about the Internet. It is as if you
have bought a house and said, "Here is where I am and here is where you'll find me
any time you want". It is a permanent address on the Internet and conveys a much different
impression than a free, sub-hosted web address.
2) You can get your own, permanent email address. This is BIG. With a domain name,
you get email service... an email address based on your domain name. You will be able
to create multiple email addresses for whatever purposes you may need. This makes a very
different impression on people when they see your return email address. A "free email
address" says you are NOT permanently located on the Internet, yet. Think about it.
On the Free Web Hosting Page there are numerous, top
quality, domain name web hosting companies listed. Check em' out. It's worth the effort
if you intend to work and/or create a serious personal web page on the Internet.
Free web sites are a wonderful service. It is
a fast, easy way to get a Net' address. Free
web sites can also be a great resource for
storing graphics and pictures if your current
web host address has "maxed-out"
on available web space.
A couple of quick tips:
1) Free web sites vary in size, services
reliability and especially terms and
conditions of use. Do some comparison
shopping before going to the effort
of building a web site at a free site.
2) Some free web site services WILL
NOT protect your custom graphics.
As of this writing GeoCities and
Yahoo! both claim that any graphics
hosted by their free web site service are publicly
available to anyone. (Told ya' you should
read those terms and conditions)
3) Some free web sites are more tolerant of
free speech that others. Look for an
online community of free web sites that match your
values and interests.
4) Free web sites that offer "easy web building"
services are great, but remember, once you start working
with a certain "web building" system, you
are stuck with it ... IE .. it can be difficult if not impossible
to transfer a free web site at one location to another free
site at another location. Free sites often ARE free sites
because they want you to get use to their "system".
Then, when you get serious about web services (such as domain
names and purchasing megs on a web server), they got ya'. That's fine,
as long as you can continue to grow and stay current with the Internet.
Some free web site convert easily to professional, domain name hosting.
Some don't. When you decide on domain name hosting, evaluate all your options.
5) Free web sites are excellent
for personal web pages (and for small business start-ups). They can be a good
training ground for learning about creating and
maintaining an online business. HOWEVER,
free web sites and low cost "business"
sub-hosted web sites will never perform as well
as the same site, with a domain name, hosted at a quality
web hosting company. Since the cost of both the domain name
and a quality web hosting are tax deductible you
should consider getting both (if you are serious about running some
sort of online business). The cost of professional web hosting has dropped
dramaticly, it's hard to justify NOT having professional, domain name web hosting.
6) Free web sites CAN disappear rather suddenly... which means your position on the
Internet, and all the traffic you have garnered, also disappears. With a domain name,
you can move to any web hosting company, anywhere, and everyone on the Internet will always
be able to find you.
Just so you know, 1 NetCentral started out on a free webhosting site, years ago. Free hosting
sites do, indeed, provide a very helpful special service to those who want to learn about and
work on the Net'. They give us all an equal chance, regardless of income, to be creative, speak
our mind and/or go into business.
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