How to Pick a Free Web Host - Some popular free Web hosts
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Free Web hosts have been around almost as long as the Internet has been a force in society. Here are some of the most popular hosts that have been around for a number of years and thus stood the test of time:
1) Geocities (http://www.geocities.com)
Geocities was one of the original free Web hosts. It started off with different themed "cities" that allowed people to build personal Web pages within themed groups with addresses. It was hugely popular and was later purchased by Yahoo, and today Geocities is Yahoo's free Web space business. These days, Geocities also offers paid hosting for fairly low rates.
- Easy Web design tools
- Free ad-ons
- 15 MB Web space
- Free online help
- Short URL
- You are not allowed to run your own ads.
- No personalized CGI/SSI scripts.
- No FTP upload
2) Tripod (http://www.tripod.com)
Tripod, like Geocities, has been around for years. It is now owned by Lycos and serves as the company's free Web hosting branch.
- 20 MB Web space
- CGI and SSI allowed
- Subdomain URLs offered
- Daily bandwidth limits
- Restrictions on CGI
- Some users may find the ads excessive.
3) FortuneCity (http://www.fortunecity.com)
Another old-school host, FortuneCity offers a free Web hosting plan followed by a series of paid plans with increasing space and features.
- 25 MB Web space
- Easy option to upgrade
4) Doteasy (http://www.doteasy.com)
Doteasy isn't as big of a name as Tripod or Geocities, but it is a growing force in the free Web hosting space. It targets domain owners and does not require banner ads.
- 100 MB Web space
- Domain hosting
- Requires domain ownership
- $35 fee if transferring an existing domain name
5) Angelfire (http://www.angelfire.com)
Angelfire has been around for years and is the Web hosting arm of Lycos.
- 20 MB space
- Several pre-formatted scripts
- Requires ads at top and bottom
- Long, unwieldy URLs
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