|Free Web Space Providers
NetColony is a fast-growing free web space provider that offers an
amazing 35 megabytes of free space! They do require a banner at the top
of your pages, but that is a small price to pay for 35 megs. No annoying
pop-up windows here. There is also information on how to make your page,
promote it, etc. Only drawback here is that .zip files are not supported...
NetColony recently upgraded to T3 connections, and took away the
annoying Slow Loading banner and replaced it with a new banner.
This service is ad-supported like most, requiring you to display a
banner. They offer you a choice of 12 domains w/ a sub-domain address for
your site (http://yourname.freeservers.com/), a nice step up from
most other free web hosting providers. You also get 20 megs of space, unlimited
e-mail addresses, and direct FTP Access. If you are new to HTML, they have
an easy page maker utility.
Offers a big 25 megs of space, and offers a free HTML publishing tool
if you are new to HTML. It is easy to get your account set up and there
is also a free shopping cart option, for those of you who want to do commerce
on your site.
WebJump offers phone and pager support, to assist you if your site
goes down, and they claim they will do their best to respond with tech
support within 24 hours.
A major free web space provider, close behind Geocities. Angelfire
is ad-supported but, dare I say... with annoying pop-up windows, but...
you can switch them off. Angelfire recently went from 10 megs of free space
to 5 megs, but if you use graphics from their collection, it is not counted
against your space. Angelfire offers free help with your web site, even
if you are new to HTML, and has an easy to use online page maker. Angelfire
is known as one of the most reliable free web space providers, but... you
can only upload one file at a time (Which can get annoying), and they don't
have sub directories.
The largest free web space provider, with 3.5 million members, Geocities
offers 11 megs of space. You start by moving into a neighborhood with pages
that are similar to your own. There is also an online WYSIWYG HTML Editor
for you that are new to HTML. Then you can use Geocities 'EZ' File Uploader
to start making your web page. You can either display a banner at the top
of your page, or have an annoying pop-up window. Both options include an
embedded watermark at the bottom right or their pages, which is cool to
see, but gets annoying, and can sometimes mess up the page. A new program
by Geocities, Pages that Pay, lets you earn commissions of up to 15% by
displaying advertising banners on your pages. Some people have reported
it hard to access their account at times.
A new, and major free web space provider, Fortune City has grown tremendously,
and offers a free 20 megs of space. You are required to place a banner
on your page. Fortune City uses a city theme, which is different, and kind
of cool. Fortune City also recently added sub directory support, which
makes organizing your files a lot easier. No single file can be larger
than 1 megabyte. Some members have reported a lot of 'downtime' and times
when it was hard to access their account.
A good web hosting provider, IceStorm has fast connections and good
service. However, they only give 3 megs of space, which isn't all that
much. But, most people don't even use that much on their web pages, so
its not all that bad...
Crosswinds is an Ad-Free free web hosting service, unless you have
a business site, then it requires you to display a banner and you have
a 25 megabyte limit, but its still free. For non business pages, you get
unlimited space, a plus, no adds or banners to display, free email, and
free mailing lists. You can upload your files through FTP or use their
upload service that you can access right through your browser. No porn,
'Warez' (Pirated Material) is allowed. Some users have reported it hard
to upload files lately, and the server is rather slow.
Free Yellow is another fast-growing web hosting provider. It offers
12 megs, not that bad, many free site enhancements, such as counters, graphics,
order forms, auto responder, FTP uploading, and more. If you are new to
HTML, you can use their 'WebSiteWizard', an easy to use page making utility.
Signing up for Free Yellow is, however, very time-consuming. Some
users report it hard to access and update their pages at times, especially
when they are updating their systems. Back when they had a 2 megabyte limit,
not a strict figure, but close, if you went over it, your pages could be
subject to deletion. However, they have greatly increased their service
and space, so I doubt that your pages would be deleted anymore.
A large free hosting provider, which claims 600,000 members, offers
6 megs of space, free e-mail and free chat. You can create your pages by
writing your own HTML or using their 'PageWizard'. The Globe also offers
fun active X applets, they call 'Things' that are easy to post on your
page. 'Things' include games, web site navigation, and holiday themes.
The Globe recently underwent a major upgrade, it claims a $20 million dollar
upgrade, and will soon offer more chat rooms, a site wide buddy system,
and an instant 'Flash' messaging system... (Similar to ICQ or AIM? We'll
find out...) Also note, hidden deep within their membership agreement,
The Globe requires you give time a 'royalty free' copyright on your site's
A neat, new web hosting provider, Homestead offers its 'Homesteaders'
a new 'Drag-and-Drop' online editor that makes creating your page, fast
and easy, even for you 'Newbies' out there. If you want, Homestead all
offers 'Homestead Express', an easy to use page maker so you can get your
site up in minutes. You can build your site from scratch or use one of
their pre designed, but fully customizable, page templates. Homestead also
offers free chat rooms, guest books, and more. Homestead requires recent
versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer (For example, Netscape 3.0 will
not work) A few 'Homesteaders' have reported bugs in their online editor,
and recieving error messages. Homestead, like The Globe, requires a 'royalty
free' copyright on your site's content.
A very popular free web hosting provider, Xoom recently went from 11
megabytes of free space to unlimited free space. However, along with this
update, Xoom also took away its ads, and in its place put a small toolbar
at the top of each page, to see it, click here . You cannot have Pay Advertising
banner on your page. Also included in Xoom is free clip art, chat, and
e-mail. You will need an e-mail address to sign up, I recommend Microsoft
Hotmail or Netscape Webmail.
signing up, expect a lot of 'junk mail' from xoom, and some members report
that it is hard to un-subscribe from them. Xoom does not allow Multilevel
Marketing (MLM), and some users report that their MLM pages were yanked
off of the system abruptly.
I used to use Go's services, and overall, I find them satisfactory.
Your site address there would be (http://homepages.go.com/~yourname/) They
offer unlimited space and free e-mail. You can only upload one file at
a time though, so it can get annoying. They recently underwent a long upgrade,
(When I was still there) that lasted for 3½ days, but it greatly
increased the quality of their service. A couple of times, there were
errors in their system, because I would delete a file, and it would still
be there. But I don't know if they fixed that or not. I don't recall ever
having trouble accessing or editing my account when I was there, except
for when they updated their system.