scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: no-charge unit web site hosting
Mon May 15 2000 - 11:29:54 CDT
For some time, I've been using <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com">www.geocitie
s.com</A> for hosting my website at no charge. They give a substantial amount
of free storage space (50MB, I think). You must tolerate a small, benign ad
for Geocities that goes away after a few seconds. I've been very satisfied.
Be aware that some free website hosting services include third-party ads over
which you have no control (even alcohol and gambling) which may be
inappropriate for a Scouting website. During the time I've used Geocities,
they have never used third-party ads on my website.
I am able to use my own domain name by using a free URL redirection service
at <A HREF="http://www.mydomain.com">www.mydomain.com</A>. You still must pay
for the domain name ($35 per year), but mydomain.com will help you get
registered at no charge. They also provide a free email forwarding service so
you can have email addressed to your screen name at your domain name
forwarded to your account at your own ISP.
So, you could have a website at, for example, www.troop99999.org, and have
screen names for everybody in your troop (ie email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org). All email would be forwarded to the respective
email accounts at AOL, CompuServe, WorldNet, even free email services at
Yahoo, HotMail, Juno, etc. All for absolutely no charge other than the domain
registration fee! If you can't afford the domain registration fee, you can
simply use the geocities.com URL and skip the email forwarding to have a nice
website absolutely free!
For an example of how it works for me, try my website at <A
HREF="http://www.nay.org/pinecar.htm">www.nay.org/pinecar.htm</A> or <A