View Full Version : How to get a free website?

Craig Mellor
07-08-2008, 06:40 PM
I was just wondering if anyone could tell me how to make a free website. I will eventually pay for a website, but that is a few years away when I get my bachelors in applied information systems. I saw a program called Silverstripe on this website and wondered if that was free as well. And when I say free, I mean pay for nothing, eg. domain name. Any help wanted, Thanks.

07-08-2008, 07:03 PM
You can make a website for free yes silverstripe will do it for free it is on the cover disk this month from memory. But I don't think you can get free hosting anywhere

07-08-2008, 07:21 PM
If you really wanted, you could get everything free:
- Free hosting (tons of ad-supported providers out there - just do a search of these forums)
- Free domain names (they won't be nice .com/.co.nz ones, but will be obscure ones which are ad-supported (like .tk, .nu, and similar)
- Free CMS (Silverstripe is one, there are heaps of others http://opensourcecms.com)

Getting a real domain name is fairly cheap - around $40 for a .co.nz for one year. Likewise, proper hosting (without ads) is cheap too - several PF1 members are offering it.

kahawai chaser
07-08-2008, 09:07 PM
You can start easily with a web editor like front page 2000 or the popular free NVU (http://www.nvu.com/). Then maybe start by signing up with a free host, e.g. Netfirms Basic from netfirms (http://www.netfirms.com/) or the popular 110mb (http://www.110mb.com/) Many free hosts have their own free web editors. Database of free hosting at free-hosting com (http://www.absolutely-free-hosting.com/) and the top 20 free hosts (http://www.free-webhosts.com/user_reviews.php)(supposedly) with user ratings and reviews...

Perhaps download and use a free template from one of many templates web sites, e.g. steve's templates (http://www.steves-templates.com/) then up load your site to your free host (use a free FTP program to upload your site - e.g. core lite FTP (http://www.coreftp.com/)). Then you can optimize for search engines, directories, etc, if you want.

I use the free host, Netfirms in the USA, but their are restrictions, e.g. bandwidth, file upload size, file space size, no direct links to flash sites, etc, but has worked ok for me. Many free hosts require their company name to be added to your URL as a sub domain,(e.g. my site.their sub domain.com) and you may have to add one of their ads (link or banner) to your site.

You could start with a blog as well, e.g. try the Google’s blogger or the advanced wordpress (which you can add plugins for enhancement), or use the simple Google Page Creator (You need a Gmail account) - easy to set up for a beginner.

Later on though, it might pay to learn html/JavaScript/PHP etc, which allows more flexibility to design and modify your web site. Then maybe upgrade to a paid host and domain, which will possibly yield more features (scripting features, higher bandwidth, increased storage space, email accounts, etc) and more ownership of your site...

07-08-2008, 09:16 PM
As a ballpark figure what would a site the size of this cost to host per month?

07-08-2008, 09:25 PM
As a ballpark figure what would a site the size of this cost to host per month?

Many PF1 members are using Dreamhost, which costs around NZ$10/month for very generous disk space, transfer, and so on. This would be more than enough for any personal website, and would suffice for any small-medium sided website.

07-08-2008, 09:43 PM
OP: What do you want a website for?