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Using Free Servers

So you’re taking the cheap route? If you don’t mind limited support for CGI scripts, you don’t want your own domain name (or you want to add it cheaply), and you’re not against a little advertising, a free server is a perfectly reasonable choice. In fact, some of them offer some interesting advantages. Often, you can add a feature or two for a few bucks—such as a personalized domain name or e-commerce tools. This may be worth it, especially as your site grows.

America Online Hometown

If you have an AOL account, you automatically have access to AOL’s Hometown service (http://hometown.aol.com/), which enables you to post up to 12MB of HTML, photos, and other documents. The Hometown service is available to non-AOL members as well, but you’re limited to using their online tools, 1-2-3 Publish or Easy Designer, if you want to place the pages online. AOL members can use a special FTP area on the service, or they can use an external FTP application while connected to AOL to upload standard HTML documents and images.


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