Blog/20100226 free websites
A friend recently asked me how to make a 'free website'. Here are some links:
1.1 Wordpress http://wordpress.com/
On the plus side:
- free (for small sites)
- content can be transferred to your own installation later if you want to
On the negative side:
- the actual webpages are not "low bandwidth" friendly, i.e. can be hard for people to view over limited connectivity
- the admin interface (to update the site) is not "low bandwidth" friendly, so hard to update. However, I think there is a way of posting new articles from a mobile.
1.2 Google sites
1.3 Free "blogs"
Officially "wordpress" is a "free blog", but it also works as a website, not just as a "blog". There are other free services, that work well as "blogs", but not so much as a "website".
- https://www.blogger.com/start (by Google)
- http://www.maneno.org/eng/join/ (and initiative with African connections)
2 Wiki space
Depending on what you want the webspace for, a part of wiki might also be useful, e.g. http://www.wikieducator.org for OER-related projects.
3 Other free hosting
- For video: YouTube
- For images: Flickr
4 File sharing (between closed user groups)
The above were about putting files online to "share with the world". A related issue is how to keep files safe (e.g. when in a rural environment without great backup facilities).
Here are some thoughts for keeping files safe, or sharing them between closed user groups:
- Google documents (can now be used to share files privately, without converting to google docs format)
- Ubuntu One
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