Building a website does not have to cost a lot of money. In fact, thanks to several free resources available on the internet, you can make your own website without spending a dime. But what does an individual need in order to create their own site? How does a person find these free resources? The solutions are not as hard as one might think.
Hosting is where a website is built. In order to build a site, an individual must have enough space to hold all of the files associated with the website as well as enough bandwidth to support the traffic that the site will bring. Hosting usually ranges from a few dollars up. However, for someone looking to build a website without paying a fee, the solution lies within free hosting.
Free hosting is offered by companies in exchange for advertising rights on the individual’s website. Although it is rare, there are companies that offer no-strings-attached free hosting, which is where the individual is not required to do anything in exchange for the hosting.
For hosting that does require advertising rights on the site, the company automatically places a code within all pages of the individual’s site that allows a rotation of ads to be displayed to visitors. These ads are what generate revenue for the company, thus making it possible for them to offer free hosting.
There are thousands of free hosting companies available. Individuals should turn to their favorite search engine and conduct a search for “free hosting.” They should also read the variety of reviews and testimonials outside of the company website before selecting which service to use.
Free Custom (and Shorter) URL
When using a free host, webmasters are often given a long URL to their website. The basic rule of thumb is that the longer the URL, the harder it is for visitors to remember where to locate the site. To solve this potential issue, obtain a shortened URL from a free service.
To find a free service that offers shortened (and custom) URLs for a website, conduct a search on a search engine. The term to use is “free shortened URL.” As always, read the reviews and find out what is in it for the company – such as advertising, limited visits, etc.
A website is not complete with a nice, catchy design. If an individual lacks talent in graphic design, then free resources that offer layouts, themes and other graphics will become their new best friend. These websites offer free-to-use images for websites. However, most require a link back to the original website that the image came from in exchange for usage rights.
The best method for promoting a website is by using social networks to get the word out. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are free to join and provide the opportunity to connect with millions of users. Before promoting on these networks, it is best that a webmaster starts slow and alternates the messages posted with personal ones such as how they are doing and life events. This will give readers the sense of a personal connection to the individual, which often brings in more visitors.
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