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#1 Impervious   Members   -  Reputation: 511

Posted 20 June 2013 - 03:12 AM

I'd like to start by saying I tried looking around on my own as well as searching this site to find some good information on the topic.  I couldn't find what I was looking for, and most of the results were extremely old posts (2000-2004).

 

Anyway, what I'd like to know is if there are any good sites where I could simply write an html file and then upload it to a free web hosting site.  Everything I have come across has templates instead.

I'd like to teach someone how to make a basic website (just HTML... room to include php or a database would be great but not necessary) however I'm unfamiliar with getting hosting.  I've made a handful of basic websites, but I was always given the hosting and I'm a bit lost looking for some now.  All I'd really need it to do is allow me to upload files to display online.

 

I'd also be open to simple local hosting.  I've only done it with Ruby on Rails, though I would not want to use something that overwhelming for a new user, nor would I want to bother them with the setup... so if there is anything much simpler than that it would be something I would consider.

 

Sorry for all the text.  If anyone could even give small tips or point me towards more information I would appreciate it.



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#2 ram64   Members   -  Reputation: 856

Posted 20 June 2013 - 06:07 AM

Basically you can use any free web hosting if it's just for demo purpose. At some point I've used 000webhost to get some stuff online and it was quite ok. 

For simple local hosting you can use Wampserver, XAMPP, MAMP (for mac). They are easy to set up even for starters.



#3 Wooh   Members   -  Reputation: 608

Posted 20 June 2013 - 06:43 AM

I have been using Frihost for more than 6 years. It has PHP, MySQL etc. The only catch is that they require you to post in their forum but it's not much.

#4 EVIL_ENT   Members   -  Reputation: 212

Posted 20 June 2013 - 06:58 AM

I'd like to add Dropbox. Link to wiki: http://new.dropboxwiki.com/tips-and-tricks/host-websites-with-dropbox

And Github. Howto: http://opentechschool.github.io/social-coding/extras/github-pages.html



#5 Impervious   Members   -  Reputation: 511

Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:00 AM

Ahh yes thanks a lot guys, this is what I was looking for.  I'm not sure why I had so much trouble finding them over all these sites that offer templates (which I couldn't find a place to simply upload files for... maybe I just missed it).  I would have never thought to check github or dropbox for that matter though.

 

Edit: Uhh... did they change how rep works on this site?  I can't seem to find a way to increase it for any of you guys. -_-


Edited by Impervious, 20 June 2013 - 11:02 AM.


#6 slicer4ever   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3468

Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:22 AM

Edit: Uhh... did they change how rep works on this site?  I can't seem to find a way to increase it for any of you guys. sleep.png


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#7 Shippou   Members   -  Reputation: 1471

Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:40 PM

Best free PHP site I ever found http://www.zymic.com/free-web-hosting .

 If your writing simple HTML pages, create a folder, dump in all the HTML files your using in it, and open your index.html using your web browser. No need do download server software.


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#8 minibutmany   Members   -  Reputation: 1572

Posted 20 June 2013 - 01:35 PM

I host a mini-site on Biz.nf.

It is a little slow, they don't support too many file formats, but you get a free co.nf domain name! Hooray!

For a good FTP client and local web host, try Filezilla.


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#9 tstrimple   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 1718

Posted 20 June 2013 - 02:53 PM

I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend that you take a look at Azure Web Sites. There are free instances which can run HTML, PHP, Node.js or even ASP.NET if you're so inclined. They also come with a small free MySQL database. The limitation on the free website is you have to use an azurewebsites.net domain, and it's shared hosting with limited CPU utilization. Pretty much all the test applications I build in node are hosted on Azure websites.



#10 Dragonsoulj   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2084

Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:00 PM

www.x10hosting.com

No ads at all. All you have to do is log in to their site (where you see your account status/info) once a month and they keep it up.



#11 cowsarenotevil   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2008

Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:40 PM

www.x10hosting.com

No ads at all. All you have to do is log in to their site (where you see your account status/info) once a month and they keep it up.

 

Not OP, but this seems very appealing due to its claim of unmetered bandwidth. Do you have any experience with the amount of traffic your site can receive in practice? Obviously if I had something that was getting a huge amount of traffic I'd use a paid host, but this seems like a good option until then.


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#12 tstrimple   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 1718

Posted 20 June 2013 - 10:56 PM

 

www.x10hosting.com

No ads at all. All you have to do is log in to their site (where you see your account status/info) once a month and they keep it up.

 

Not OP, but this seems very appealing due to its claim of unmetered bandwidth. Do you have any experience with the amount of traffic your site can receive in practice? Obviously if I had something that was getting a huge amount of traffic I'd use a paid host, but this seems like a good option until then.

 

If it sounds too good to be true....



#13 Dragonsoulj   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2084

Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:04 PM


Not OP, but this seems very appealing due to its claim of unmetered bandwidth. Do you have any experience with the amount of traffic your site can receive in practice? Obviously if I had something that was getting a huge amount of traffic I'd use a paid host, but this seems like a good option until then.

 

I haven't a clue how much in a given time frame, however, they will throttle you if you are receiving a lot of traffic (the definition of a lot is loose). If you have a popular site idea, try it out. I'm interested to know when they cut back on your resource usage. There is a database limit of 2, if you are doing any work like that.



#14 Hoverman200   Members   -  Reputation: 101

Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:16 AM

I would not choose free web hosting services. They have so many limitations such as advertisements on your home page, small space and traffic. Also, and that's more serious, many of them disappear after a year and that is a justification for search engines not to index pages belonging to members of free hosting services. Bear in mind that, if the company closes its doors, there's a good chance you'd loose all your files.



#15 Bacterius   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 8495

Posted 23 June 2013 - 09:21 AM


Bear in mind that, if the company closes its doors, there's a good chance you'd loose all your files.

 

Unless you have archives. Which any half-serious website admin will have plenty of, in theory at least.

 

But yes, seriously, free web hosting services invariably suck in one way or another. If you're looking to set up something serious, you will generally want to go with paid hosting (there are some pretty cheap offers which are infinitely better than gambling with free hosting providers) unless you have specific needs. For throwaway stuff, though, I guess they may be good enough.


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#16 Shippou   Members   -  Reputation: 1471

Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:08 AM

 

But yes, seriously, free web hosting services invariably suck in one way or another. If you're looking to set up something serious, you will generally want to go with paid hosting (there are some pretty cheap offers which are infinitely better than gambling with free hosting providers) unless you have specific needs. For throwaway stuff, though, I guess they may be good enough.

 

 They are great for getting other's opinion about stuff, but not good for any kind of long term hosting.

 

 Just finished up  with a PHP database ( non SQL ) experiment, and with in a couple months should have a Php & JavaScript hybrid game going alpha - all on free sites.


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#17 Dragonsoulj   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2084

Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:18 PM


They have so many limitations such as advertisements on your home page, small space and traffic.

 

Which is why I recommended X10Hosting. They don't place ads on your pages, I haven't had issues with space, considering this is my limit: Disk Space Usage 47.55 / ∞ MB. Databases can't go over like 1 or 3 GB, I can't remember which, but at that point you really should be paying for hosting somewhere. You have a limit to SQL databases you can create (MySQL or PostGreSQL), however, they don't limit table amounts. Traffic isn't an issue unless you are getting huge amounts, and again, at that point you should be paying for hosting anyway. Their data transfer says unmetered, however, they will tend to throttle since it is on a shared server, but only if you go over a certain limit.






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