Setting Up Your Own Website
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How to set up a free website, or setting up a website for almost no money
There are several companies that let you set up a free website. Some of them are very good, but you will find that you need to spend at least a little money to get your own URL (that is, getting your own domain name.)
If you only need one page (for example, you're a social worker or a massage therapist who needs a simple web presence), you can get a web page for about $12 a year on www.GoDaddy.com . They offer a free one page website if you register your domain (website name) with them. 123-reg offers the same deal in the UK.
Wix offer an entire free website with lots of really good looking templates to start you off. They claim their build process is so easy, anyone can do it. If you want your own domain name (URL), you need to pay them about $60 a year. Still a good deal.
Yola.com offers a free website with Yola's easy-to-use website creator. Again, for about $60 a year, you can reserve your own URL, get no-traffic-limits hosting, lots of storage, 24/7 customer support, and the ability to track your visitors.
A blog (short for web log) is like an online journal. Millions of people post their expert opinions, information, thoughts or ideas to the web. Some people use blogs to publish simple newspapers, although the search and archive capabilities are limited. You don't have to know anything about HTML or other web technologies. You can get an ad-free blog completely free at a number of sites. Two good ones are Diaryland, which has a customizable interface, and blogger.com, owned by Google Both are free and easy to set up.
WordPress is a leader in providing blog software. Theyl'll host your website or you can find a host like www.easyspace.com that offers WordPress as a simple-to-implement option. WordPress has a number of (not free) add ons, available from WordPress and third parties like Artisteer, a Wordpress Theme Generator that lets you create your own design for your Wordpress site.
If you want to to share your interests, you can build a subject-based "lens" on Squidoo. It's sort of like a blog, but also offers you building blocks of your own to add videos, polls, news headlines, links to other websites and more.