September 14, 2011 –
Another question came in via Twitter the other day: Can you suggest any resources for a personal website? Unfortunately, I can’t find that Tweet any longer to ask the person for specifics. Apologies for that to whomever you are!
My initial response to the question was to use Google: https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?continue=http%3A%2F%2Fsites.google.com%2F&followup=http%3A%2F%2Fsites.google.com%2F&service=jotspot&passive=true&ul=1
Google is the big player and offers many advantages. The website services mentioned above are free and can also incorporate Google’s analytics, as previously discussed here.
A little more research today uncovered a listing that compares free web hosting services: http://www.freewebsiteproviders.com/free-personal.php
Please bear in mind that because of the large numbers of sites listed, I did not and could not verify the services offered. Of course, with anything offered for free, drawbacks may exist. These include banner advertising the host company uses to pay for its services. Further, free hosts often have limited to no technical support; if using free, you’ll need to know a little technical stuff. Another consideration is that free hosts may limit the type of content, size and number of pages, and may suddenly go out of business. If you do go free, have backups of all content posted for when a rapid migration is necessary.
As always do your homework and try to get more reviews and/or opinions about any service. Knowledge is power!
By Dion D Shaw
Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs.
Homepreneurs. New Day. New Opportunity.
Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed. Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions. Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.