"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal
and give strength to body and soul." - John Muir   Get Kids Outdoors - Get Active - Get Walking

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How to Create a Web Page the Right Way

Step 11: Find a Reliable and Affordable Web Host

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Don't have a web site yet to put your web pages on? If you want free web space without banner ads or popup ads on your web pages, check out these free web space providers, and these. Look for the ones that don't require you to register or transfer a domain name. Don't ask me how they can afford it, but such providers really do exist! (Some restrictions apply.)

RootsWeb's Freepages provides free and unlimited web space for genealogy-related web sites. (One banner ad will appear at the top of each page and one at the bottom.) (Some restrictions apply.)

If you don't want restrictions on your account, find super cheap web hosting at FindMyHosting.com. (You won't believe how cheap these are!)


Step 12: Some Final Tips

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If you have links to other sites's web pages on your web pages, prevent broken links, also known as link rot, by checking them often with Xenu's Link Sleuth, to find pages which have been moved or removed.

Then when you find that a page is no longer where it was when you linked to it, try to find its new address by searching for the title of the page with the search engine on the web site that hosted it or, if it doesn't have one or it can't find the page, search for the page's title, enclosed by quotation marks: ''Page Title'', at one of the top search engines.

Note: Search engines' cached copies of pages are stored for a fairly short time, so I don't recommend linking to them.

If you can't find the page's new location in the search results, search Archive.org's Wayback Machine for the page's old location. If you find a viewable copy of the page, replace the old location's URL in the broken link with the URL of the viewable copy. Otherwise, remove the broken link.

Tip 2: Use an FTP Client

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If your web host doesn't have an upload utility to upload your web pages to their server with, you'll need to upload them with an FTP client.

I recommend avoiding the following FTP clients for the reasons I give for each one.

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I recommend using FileZilla, Core FTP or ESftp (requires flash player). They let you choose if you want to save your password before connecting, Core FTP and ESftp have a helpful transfer log and you can transfer files by double-clicking them.

Other Free FTP Clients:

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Tip 3: Use a Script or Widget

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If your web pages seem boring and you want to make them fun and interesting, there are many web sites that provide scripts and widgets or gizmos you can add to your web pages for free. If you have your own domain name, check out the free scripts. If you don't have your own domain name, check out the remotely-hosted scripts. skip


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