Oct 30, 2007

Free Web Site Hosts - There are Many...

Free Host - Netfirms...
After reviewing several free hosts I chose Netfirms in the USA, which include free software for creating a web page. You can get a free sub domain name - but of course your URL could be a bit long: e.g. yourwebname.netfirms.com. One way to get a free domain name was to join a computer forum in and get awarded a domain name based on your quality and/or number of posts.

Like many free hosts you have to display their ad banner at the top, which is ok in my view. There are limitations with free hosts - bandwith and upload limits, server size, exclusion of videos and linked flash scripts, web code restrictions to use (Perl, PHP, CGI, etc), inactivity limits, etc... The most critical I have heard is the bandwidth - if it is exceeded i.e. thousands of hits - then your site may instantly shut down; Also free hosts can disappear...Netfirms host servers have been pretty stable, they have front-page server extensions, and allow your own ads (Google, Amazon, etc) .

With about 4.5 million users for their total (i.e. not just free plan) customer base was enough for me to use them, and they have been pretty reliable. They have quite a nice formal site with plenty of options.
I started with this review list of over 300 USA free hosts...



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