Best alternative to .Mac?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by superspiffy, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. superspiffy macrumors 6502a

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    Some questions to all you web builders/bloggers out there:

    What do you guys think is the best alternative to .Mac for a casual personal webpage?
    What do you personally use and why?
    Does free hosting exist?
     
  2. djstarrock macrumors 6502a

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    not many people look here. Well I use 12gbFree for my hosting its ok some limations but its cheap (free).
     
  3. superspiffy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    why does your My Website link directly to www.12gbfree.com?
     
  4. djstarrock macrumors 6502a

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    I have no idea I will try to fix it.
    EDIT: 12gbFree must be down.
     
  5. afornander macrumors 6502

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    i use box.net for an alternative idisk. u get 1gb free, but 5gb if u refer enough people to the site.;)
     
  6. -hh macrumors 68020

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    I think it depends on what you want.

    For example, you can buy & set up your own domain for under $200/year. You'll have all the email addresses that you want, a chunk of storage for hosting files, it often comes with easy-to-use front end software to set up a blog or whatever else, etc...which makes it fairly comparable to the $180/year Family pack option from Apple.

    What it won't have is the as-tight integration into Apple, such as iDisk. However, services like fatcow will actually give you enough GB of storage to make the service more useful for certain tasks (such as backing up data files). As such, .MAC is very much overdue for an update, so given that something seems to be expected to change this Tuesday, its worth waiting 24 hours.


    -hh
     
  7. macuser9214 macrumors member

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    as far as webhosting, I host my own stuff, on my mac mini.
     
  8. yagran macrumors 6502a

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    a good alternative will be .mac 2.0

    to be released in ~ 1 hour 20mins :D fingers crossed of course
     
  9. djstarrock macrumors 6502a

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    I just changed to Freeweb7 there a much better service plus no ads and there free.
     
  10. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    Yikes, they're not into the whole "freedom of speech" thing there are they....

    From the site:

    "Accounts from CHINA and IRAN or users using chinese or islamic languages will be REMOVED without notification."
     
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Almost every ISP gives their users some amount of "free" web space.

    If you have a full time Internet conection you can put your web pages on your
    own computer. Of course then, you would have to leave the computer up and
    running 24x7. For a low volume web site this is the simplest solution. If you
    have many photos you can put them on flikr or photo bucket or the like and
    link to them from you own pages.

    .mac is good for people who don't know a lot about how the web and the Internet
    works and would rather just pay $99 than spend the time learn. There are a lot of people with more money than time if you are one of them it's worth the price.
     
  12. Poff macrumors 65816

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  13. ortuno2k macrumors 6502a

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    Not necessarily. For a lot of people you'll see it's just convenience, while others it's because it's easy to use.
    I work in the IT industry and I have a .Mac account.
    What's my reason? Integration. I don't really need or use the online storage from Apple, or their web hosting services - I've set up my own in the past.
     

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