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22 June 2005 @ 11:30 am
Web hosting shtuff  
I maintain another blog for knitting on blogspot. I like blogspot in that it is easy to use and creating multiple blogs is a piece of cake and other similar things like that.

However, it isn't very flexible.

If I want to create a simple HTML page that I link to in my side bar I effectively have to make a post, which will be associated to a certain date and then use the post link to create a link for any other location. Kind of ugly and ineffective (especially if you want to edit the page to add more links, pictures, various content).

I have been looking at various free web hosting sites. I was looking at one that almost looked perfect. Max of 50 pages, but this is an add-on for blogspot, not a replacement, and just this little 'bar code' at the bottom of the page to announce that it is hosted free. Then there was the fine print in their policies. Sites that don't upgrade to a form of premium service within 45 days get a banner ad. I really don't want a banner ad (ignoring that there are ads on my site, but I put them there darn it).

I wonder how difficult (read expensive) it is to get a domain name. There is certainly a utility for publishing your blog to a different domain name.
Feeling like: grumpygrumpy
Keshwyn: computerkeshwyn on June 22nd, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
About $15/year for your standard domain name, without any frills - but that's if you're maintaining DNS yourself.

I don't know how much webhosting companies are charging these days.
the name of dogenochs_fable on June 22nd, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
What does maintaining DNS yourself involve?
Keshwyn: computerkeshwyn on June 22nd, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Two machines, ideally in physically separate locations, running Name Serving software (the common one is bind) and listed with the Registry.

I do my own DNS, but it's generally easier to pay someone to do it for you if you're not running a server. Once a DNS server is set up, it's fairly trivial to get another domain added; it's the initial setup that's expensive. This is why webhosting companies can offer it cheaply if you're not actually putting any content on their servers.
Jigglius Caesarjiggliusceasar on June 22nd, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
Just in case you're curious, all the following are currently available:

anotherpurl.com anotherpurl.net
anotherpurl.org anotherpurl.biz
anotherpurl.info anotherpurl.us
anotherpurl.ws anotherpurl.tv
Sweet and plain unsingable name: putt puttgeorgy on June 22nd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
You can get $10/year domain name registration and $10/month webhosting. I've yet to find a totally reliable $5/month one, but they are out there.
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Qarylla Windragarqarylla on June 22nd, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
We have Verizon DSL and while it does come with web space (as far as I can tell), if you don't update your information on a regular basis then it goes away. My knitting blog really hasn't been up for very long (6 months) and about 2 months ago I realized that all of my old Verizon pictures had gone poof. Very exciting.

Verizon has a site builder, which is cantankerous and incomplete. When I was using it I never seemed to figure out a way to use FTP and raw HTML. I am willing to do the domain (though I will want to think it through), but I should explore other options first.