On Mon, 10 May 2021 at 17:30:59, Sally Thompson
Post by Sally Thompson
I run a small web site for a charity (too small to be a registered one) and
they have asked me if I could find free web hosting. There are quite a few
out there but I wondered if any of you could recommend anything in
particular? Or warn me off any of course! I usually follow the principle of
"you get what you pay for" and haven't been in favour of free web hosts up
to now but said I'd do a bit of research.
When Namesco - who took over the handling of the old *.demon.co.uk
sub-domains - started playing silly buggers, I switched to what I'd been
putting off for years, registering my own domain. It isn't free, but
it's so low - twentysomething a year - that I don't worry about it (nor
hunt for alternatives at renewal time). For that I get: domain
registration (I think that costs about 7 and is passed on as part of
what I pay), mail handling (including infinite variations in what goes
before the @), and a small website - plus the security of knowing that
_I_ own the domain.
I'm with tsoHost, whom I was recommended by the (mostly ex-)demonites;
I'd say they've gone downhill a bit, but mainly by switching to being
more for businesses - what I get still works fine. But look around: some
providers may be cheaper, in particular may offer a year or more free
registration (so a lower fee) for new customers. (Make sure that they
just _handle_ the registration for you - i. e. it's in your name not
theirs - though.)
I'd be wary of "free" - ask yourself, what are they getting out of it?
Could they withdraw it at short notice? How much effort would be
involved in telling everybody your new email/web address?
It's that last that I considered worth the (small) annual fee; telling
everybody my new email address *and making sure they were using it*
wasn't difficult, but is incredibly tedious. If you use a "free" email
provider (gmail, mostly), that's probably less of concern, but still
consider telling lots of people a new web address (plus how that looks
for a charity).
(You may ask how is it different if I fall out with my provider? Well,
as long as the domain is registered to me not them, I just switch to a
different provider, keeping the domain - I don't have to tell anybody.)
Good luck whatever you decide!
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
I remember a lot of questions on a vocalist forum about the problems singing
"There is a balm in Gilead" without making it sound like a security alert. -
Linda Fox in UMRA, 2010-11-19