Free Third-Party Hosting
Below is a list of legitimate services, offering free website building and hosting. Most have a variety of professional themes to choose from or the option to customize a theme by changing colors, fonts, and images. Do an online search for specific advantages and limitations before deciding on the best option for you.
Pros of using the below services include:
- Free hosting and support
- Easy to set-up and manage
- DIY tools
- Professional looking templates/themes
- Automatic backups
- Built-in security features
- Advertisements on your website
- Limited customization of templates/themes
- You will not have your own domain name
- Limited space and bandwidth
- Check out what features you get with a free Wordpress account: http://en.wordpress.com/features/
- Sign up for a free blog: https://en.wordpress.com/signup/. All you need is an email address. Activate your email address to get started with building your website.
- Visit the support page, which gives you directions on how to set up a website: http://en.support.wordpress.com/
- Do an online search for Weebly to find the site.
- Tour features and see if Weebly is a good match for your needs. Click the blue button at the bottom of the main page to begin.
- Sign up with an email address and follow the directions to get started.
Check out this overview of features: http://www.google.com/sites/help/intl/en/overview.html
4: Other Web hosting services: Some hosting companies offer free hosting, in addition to their paid services. Do your research on the best service to use and keep in mind that your space and bandwidth will be limited.
Hosting on Your Own Computer (Windows)
1. Make sure you're permitted to host a site on your ISP. Many internet service providers (ISPs) restrict users from doing so.
2. Find out your IP address.
- Open Start, click Run, type "cmd" (without quotes) and press OK.
- Enter "ipconfig/all" (without quotes) and press Enter.
- Write down the shown IP address, subnet mask, default gateway and DNS servers. You will need them later.
4. Right click the internet connection you use.
5. Select properties.
6. Scroll through that menu until you see Internet protocol. Highlight it and click properties. Keep the command prompt window open.
7. Click "use the following IP address." If it is already checked, skip to the step where you return to the command prompt window.
8. Enter the info you copied down. The last digit of the IP address should be different than the one you copied down. Click OK.
If you get a message saying IP address is already in the network, choose a different last number.
9. Go back to command prompt. Type in: "ping www.yahoo.com" (without quotes).
- If it came back as "Reply from 184.108.40.206" or something similar, you're good to go.
- If it came back as "Request timed out," contact your internet service provider. Because this problem is the DNS servers, they will be able to tell you which DNS servers to use.
- You have completed the first step which is to setup a static IP address. Please note: This usually requires a router to do. The reason being, you are just giving your router a static IP. If you do not have a router, you need to pay for a static IP from your ISP, or sign up for a free static DNS service.
Note: During installation it will ask for a server name. type "localhost" for the server name. You must type it exactly as shown here, but do not include the quotes. When asked for an email address, enter your email address.
11. Create a folder in the www directory. Save the files for your site in that folder.
The address for your site will be: yourstaticipaddress/yourfolderinthewwwdirectory/. Except if you signed up for a static DNS service.
12. Register a domain name and point it to the address to your site.