Method 1 : Hosting on a free web service
WordPress: WordPress isn’t just a blog. You can build and host an entire website for free, and there are many professional looking templates to choose from.
- Check out what features you get with a free WordPress account: http://en.wordpress.com/features/
- Sign up for a free blog: https://en.wordpress.com/signup/. All you need is an email address. Activate your email address to get started with building your website.
- Visit the support page, which gives you directions on how to set up a website: http://en.support.wordpress.com/
Weebly: Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites of 2007, Weebly is a drag-and-drop website builder. If you’re a visual person, this is a great choice for you.
- Do an online search for Weebly to find the site.
- Tour features and see if Weebly is a good match for your needs. Click the blue button at the bottom of the main page to begin.
- Sign up with an email address and follow the directions to get started.
- Google Sites: Google Sites is another easy-to-use, free website builder and host. All you need to set it up is a Google account.
- Check out this overview of features: http://www.google.com/sites/help/intl/en/overview.html
Method 2 : Hosting on Your Own Computer (Windows)
Make sure you’re permitted to host a site on your ISP. Many internet service providers (ISPs) restrict users from doing so.
Find out your IP address.
- Open Start, click Run, type “cmd” (without quotes) and press OK.
- Enter “ipconfig/all” (without quotes) and press Enter.
- Write down the shown IP address, subnet mask, default gateway and DNS servers. You will need them later.
Open the Network Connections folder.
Right click the internet connection you use.
Scroll through that menu until you see Internet protocol. Highlight it and click properties. Keep the command prompt window open.
Click “use the following IP address.“ If it is already checked, skip to the step where you return to the command prompt window.
Enter the info you copied down. The last digit of the IP address should be different than the one you copied down. Click OK.
- If you get a message saying IP address is already in the network, choose a different last number.
Go back to command prompt. Type in: “ping http://www.yahoo.com” (without quotes).
- If it came back as “Reply from 188.8.131.52” or something similar, you’re good to go.
- If it came back as “Request timed out,” contact your internet service provider. Because this problem is the DNS servers, they will be able to tell you which DNS servers to use.
- You have completed the first step which is to setup a static IP address. Please note: This usually requires a router to do. The reason being, you are just giving your router a static IP. If you do not have a router, you need to pay for a static IP from your ISP, or sign up for a free static DNS service.
Download Wampserver. Wampserver is good because it contains Apache and automatically configures itself.
- Note: During installation it will ask for a server name. type “localhost” for the server name. You must type it exactly as shown here, but do not include the quotes. When asked for an email address, enter your email address.
Create a folder in the www directory. Save the files for your site in that folder.
- The address for your site will be: yourstaticipaddress/yourfolderinthewwwdirectory/. Except if you signed up for a static DNS service.
Register a domain name and point it to the address to your site
- For self-hosted sites, your site will go down if you lose your internet connection, your computer loses power, or your system crashes.
- Not all advice on the Internet is legal or accurate. Unless you’re a tech guru and know what to look for, stick to suggestions from reputable sources.
- Note that if you host your website on your PC, the your site is likely to respond more slowly than traditionally-hosted sites.
- You usually get what you pay for. If a free hosting service or method seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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