Ten Places to Host Your Page - dummies

By Bud E. Smith

Where to host your Web site is always a good question. And these days, with so many different kinds of Web services, the very definition of a Web site is under question. So here are ten places to host “real” Web sites —including two blogging sites.

  • Google Page Creator: This flexible page creation service holds your hand while you set up a simple site or gives you space to put up as complicated and customized site as you want. Go to Google Page Creator and log in or sign up for an account.

  • Network Solutions: This is original provider of Web URLs and still one of the biggest. It offers easy-to-use Web-page creation tools and Web hosting. It’s on the expensive side, but there’s a lot of functionality available. Go to Network Solutions and look at the services on offer.

  • Fasthosts: This U.K.-based hosting provider that’s like a slightly less polished and slightly less expensive Network Solutions. Go to Fasthosts and check out what’s available.

  • AOL: Yes, America Online developed good Web-page creation services at their peak, and the offerings are still there. Go to AOL; there are several levels of service available, so check carefully before committing.

  • Yahoo!: Yahoo! has good Web-page creation offerings that fit with their other services. Go to Yahoo! and sign up for an account; then look at some of their existing Web pages and sites.

  • Blogger: Since being purchased by Google a few years ago, they’ve stabilized their platform and have grown steadily. Go to the Blogger site, but you’ll need a Google account to use Blogger.

  • WordPress: WordPress offers free services, but many of its users pay at least something and seem happy to do so. Don’t expect total ease of use, though; a business whose catchphrase is “code is poetry” hardly shies away from offering power tools. Go to WordPress and give a careful look around before committing.

  • MobileMe: If you are a Mac user or an iPhone owner, you simply have to consider MobileMe, which until recently was called .Mac (“dot-Mac”). MobileMe will cost you, but more than a million users say it’s worth it. MobileMe offers not only Web-page creation and hosting but all sorts of related services such as calendaring, e-mail, and more. Go to MobileMe and look at the offerings; consider not only the cost but the hassle of transitioning to MobileMe.

  • Weebly: Weebly is based on Ajax, the Web 2.0 technology that’s helping bring many sites to life with interaction and animation. Consider it seriously, especially if you like social-networking tools such as Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. Go to Weebly and see if you like the look of their users’ pages more than what you see at the better-established competitors.

  • Ning: Ning is actually for creating your own social network, not just your own Web site. If you like Facebook but have exhausted all its capabilities and want to do more, or want a Web page that’s anything but boring, consider Ning.