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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Make Yourself a Website


Making a personal website is so easy and inexpensive! I literally bought a domain with my name for $1.24 for an entire year! That's hosting included! GoDaddy.com is who I use for domains and hosting. The only problem I've ever come across is unrecognized filetypes. I tried to host iPhone ringtones on a site of mine but the m4r extension threw the server off and acted like the files didn't exist. So I just zipped them and reuploaded them. The cheapest domains are .info domains. They were 89 cents when I bought mine. With taxes and some fees it brought the total to $1.24. Now they offer paid hosting, but their economy (free) hosting has plenty of storage and bandwidth for a personal presence on the web. The only thing is, economy hosting has ads. This was very annoying to me. Especially since I used a few 'position:absolute's in my CSS and the ads pretty much threw everything off. I found a workaround though. And it took me a while but it's so simple.


When removing ads, all you have to do is add one short line after all your page's HTML code. Literally right after the closing </html> tag, just add:

<textarea style="display:none;"> 

Even if you use a program to design your webpages, you can employ this workaround. You don't have to know anything about HTML to learn how to use this trick. Just open your page with notepad and add the code above at the bottom of all the code. Pretty easy right? You see, the ads are added on the fly. Godaddy doesn't edit your webpages to have the ads built in. Godaddy adds the ads when someone pulls up your page. 
So by adding an open-ended textarea, the browser thinks everything added after the textarea is just well text so it doesn't process it as the JavaScript it should. Plus with the display set to none on the textarea you won't see anything at all. By adding this to all the pages you want to be ad-free, without purchasing a hosting plan, you can have a much more professional-looking site without all the cost.


As for the hosting, there are two different types of servers Godaddy offers. Windows and Linux. So if you have ASP.net pages get windows or if you're PHP get Linux. I go with Windows since it handles both pretty well. Now as for content, well that's up to you. I use Dreamweaver to make my webpages. I code because I think it's easier than messing with dreamweaver's individualized settings. But there are several designer programs out there. If you would like to learn HTML I'd recommend W3schools.com. They have some amazing tutorials and they are a great resource when learning to code in HTML.


Even if you don't need a website, they're so cheap, it's like why not? I mainly did it so I could have my name as an email address. But I have also made a webpage for my dog and a fake movie studio! It's a hobby for me. Anyway, I hope this helped if you were looking for a cheap place to get a website!

43 comments:

David said...

useful post !

followin & supportin !

Rezden said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I often thought about creating a website, no idea about what though. Looking forward to more.

razortek said...

Supp Bro
I'm angry bro!

cupcakelady said...

Wow this is awesome! I was literally just thinking about doing this for my personal cake business! Thanks so much for the tips!

razortek said...

Supp Bro
I'm angry bro!

MacPCharmony said...

the comments you left on my last blog post were really helpful :)

Swift Love said...

I enjoyed your point of view in this post

Cowbellrocker said...

Good guide

hollowgirl said...

that'd be really cool to make my own website! thanks for the tips and also i love your new logo and background! it looks awesome!!

J.Name said...

i'm not a great fan of godaddy, there are other domain sites i use

ikatashi said...

i sure wish these hosting websites didnt rip you the heck off, somehow im out $100

Acou said...

i already know how to produce and edit HTML, CSS, JavaScript.. and for HTML and CSS, i'd recommend HTMLdog -- a website with very good, up-to-date tutorials. i seem to find W3Schools a bit outdated, sometimes. :|

jinx said...

Good to know, wanting to start my own for a while

Michele said...

Cool post man!Thanks!
Supp :D

Ultimate Banana said...

That's really cheap! Thanks for the advice

snoobyy said...

i have always wanted my own site. thanks for the tips.

CS said...

But .. I already have a website. :3

Thanks for the tips, though.

Michele said...

Cool!!
Followin n supportin :D

richie said...

Sweet! i find blogger good enough so far, but maybe someday...

Starsie said...

Wow, i actually own 2 Go Daddy domains that i use to redirect to my blog, i didn't know they offer a free economy hosting service, thanks for the info!

izmeer said...

Thanks for the info

Helldozer said...

I will have to check this out. I have been looking for a good web hosting service. Thanks for the heads up, bro.

aGas said...

the ad-free-workaround really sounds helpful, thanks.

Ben said...

Nice but my blog will suffice for now.

Michael Casspir said...

That's a pretty easy and nice workaround, and with everyone on your page that's running a free Blogspot account, we're all pretty tuned in to hosting free (or cheap) content. Love it!

Zyphbork said...

Interesting, but I think I'll stick to blogger :P

Fuuuuuuuu said...

I liked what you said on my blog earlier today... GTL and blogging FTW!

Slumph said...

if its worth doing, its worth doing properly. But cool, thanks! =D

amidoinitrite? said...

Keep up the good work! If you like bubbles, check out my other blog, Enhanced by MS Paint!

zman said...

thanks for this

jrep said...

w3c pretty much taught me everything I know about xhtml & css. It can be really frustrating at times

Dyaitsidyam∂ said...

i always wanted to make my own site, i think i'll take the plunge!!

LoneIslander said...

Interesting

Crammarc said...

Im curious how well this works cause I always wanted my own website

Come At Me Bro said...

I need a site!

Biff Tanner said...

This is great thanks, and keep up the good work.
Cheers

melinko said...

good sdvice

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said...

Wow only $1 for your domain, lucky!

Ultimate Starcraft said...

Nice guide, good insight. Bookmarked for later. I've always wanted to make my own site haha

Atheos_Cirno said...

Awesome about the price of a cheap hamburger and no adds makes me want to make my own website. love this tip

Fuuuuuuuu said...

Thanks for commenting on my last post! Your input will help me with my next one.

Erroneous Maximus said...

This is good stuff - always wanted to have my own domain name :)

Anon said...

woww interesting

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