Best Free Web Hosting?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development (archive)' started by MrMacMan, Oct 13, 2003.

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    MrMacMan

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    #1
    Yeah there is a ton of BS with tons of pop-ups and other stuff...

    Now I know you guys wouldn't lead me there, what do you suggest?
     
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    trebblekicked

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    Doteasy

    i just upgraded to their ultra hosting package, but i had the free hosting for five months and the only ads they use are at the bottom of your emails. give them a shot.
     
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    Snowy_River

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    I'd second the recommendation for DotEasy. I've had them hosting a site for me for over a year.

    Also, as a correction to the previous poster, if you use your email through a POP connection then you won't have any adverts there either. (If you use some of their free add-ons, like a hit counter, then they do add the words "Provided by DotEasy" in a small font with a link to their homepage, but that's pretty trivial.)
     
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    MrMacMan

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    Thanks, I will be checking them out...
    :D
     
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    mrjamin

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    MrMacMan

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    Well since I started this topic way back and my question is the same... why post a new topic? ;) ;)

    Once I got off my a-- I tried to register for a free account I get to 'domain locking' step it asks me if I want to lock it... I don't but it doesn't allow me bypass this step...

    What I want:
    100+ MB of Space (More is better)
    A decent amount of bandwidth
    No e-mail account is needed.
    Allowing me to hotlink images outside their server is very nice.
    Getting my own domain is very nice... but not necessary.

    I don't need and PHP or anything like that, I am very basic.

    --MrMacMan
     
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    MrMacMan

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    Was I asking for too much?

    Please anyone!
     
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    Want to upload .MOV files

    I know this is kind of an old post, but I need help, too. Currently I'm using Freewebs to host my site (check it out macman, you'll like it.), and it works very nicely for most things, plus it has no banner ads or popups for free. What I need though, is a site that lets you upload .mov files or other video files for free. And the files are always greater than 5 MB, sometimes up to 20. There are no sites that this works for; it's terrible. Can anyone help? PLEASE! :D
     
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    MrMacMan

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    I must again ask for someone to answer my calls for some good free web hosting service.
     
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    abhishekit

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    check out this thread

    cheers
     
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    Flowbee

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    I'll second that.

    If you're running OS X, you've got Apache web server built-in. It's really simple to turn on and run. Register your domain at GoDaddy.com, point it to your ip address, and BINGO... free web hosting.
     
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    I get zero adds/popups, 20 GB of storage, MySQL, PHP, Perl, my own domain, I can upload any type of file I want, I have access to all of the configuration files, and it's all FREE. Where did I find this great deal??? It's my old G3 iMac Running 10.2.8 :D . Like someone has already mentioned, all you need is OS X or Linux and a high speed internet connection and you have a great web server. I wouldn't want to use it for a business because I don't trust my ISP to provide an "always on" connection and the bandwidth isn't that great. Having your own server is perfect for casual/personal use, testing and development, and (in my case) practice.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that the best thing about having your own web server is how much you learn as you are setting it up.
     
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    MrMacMan

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    I have tried it several times.

    DNS... all of that jazz.

    I get up to a cetain point where I can see if from my own machine, but can't get it to display outside of my machine.



    Also nonnee have been any help in the past, had like 3-4 threads on self-hosting.
     
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    Fender2112

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    Freeservers ...

    Take a peek at www.freeservers.com. They have a free option that uses banner ads. Their ugrade packages seem reasable, at least to me. I maintain several sites that use the Value Package. If you pay for a whole year up front (about $120) you get a discount and don't have to worry about it until time for renewal.

    You might also check your ISP. Many of them offer some type of "Home Page" for their customers. I know AOL and RoadRunner do.
     
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    janey

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    if you're having probs with your server being recognized, try adding :80 or :8080 to the end of the address (ie mine is http://jane.applegoddess.org:80/ ..heh but i just noticed it works even without it...), and forward port 80 and/or 8080 on your router/Airport bs/whatever you have...

    btw, i cant think of any good free web hosting out there, but DotServant has a free sponsorship program for developers, and CrisisHost has cheap $5/mo hosting :)
     
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    Westside guy

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    This should be pretty straightforward. The only reason I can think of that you couldn't see it outside of your machine would be if something is blocking TCP port 80 and/or 443.

    BTW by "outside of your machine" do you mean you can't see it even from another machine on your local network, or from the world at large?
     
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    janey

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    some really *(&$#(*&@$# ISPs do not want you to run web servers, so they block port 80.
     
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    mrjamin

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    thats kinda impossible, since you need port 80 open just to browse the internet

    ...i guess they could set up some ellaborate proxy thing or something? pah! i dunno...
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    All free hosts either turn paid for or use advertisments on your sites or go bust :(

    fortunately there are alot of budget hosts around ...
     
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    encro

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    übergeek was correct. Some do block incoming :80 requests at their router/firewall. She probably didn't mention it because it's obvious outgoing traffic is allowed ;)
     
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    whocares

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    In that case, you just need to set up Apache to listen to a differenr port, for eg 2020, and your URL will be:

    www.domain-name.ext:2020

    Of course, you can choose any available port you like. Also you can set up an empty page that redirects to the above URL so visitor's don't have to bother with the port number (just the domain name).

    IIRC, you change the Apache port in /etc/httpd/httpd.conf
     

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