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    free hosting help please

    Hey everyone! Im Chris, I live in Charlotte NC. I learned html when I was younger. I taught myself through tutorials and research just out of boredom and I want to experiment with CSS and whatever else there is. I can use all the help I can get. I need to know where I can get free hosting though because I google it and theres always a bunch of nonsense. Is there no longer any legit sites to practice website building?

    Appreciate any help.
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    Hey Chris,

    You really don't need a free host if you just want to mess around. If you're just doing static HTML and CSS stuff, then you can use your own computer to mess around. If you're doing any server-side stuff (e.g. ASP.net, PHP), then turn your computer into a web server and off you go.

    You'll probably have more luck turning your computer into a web server (and get it done a lot faster) than finding a free host. Free hosting is going the way of the Eastern cougar.
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    I haven't looked for free hosting in forever... even 10-15 years ago, free hosting was limited..

    even the "really cheap" junk that people are now putting out there is severely limited.

    If you're just looking for static... there are tons of simple free web servers that youger can install on you local machine... as well as if you're running almost any version of a windows computer, you can just install IIS. you might have to dig for your original install disk... but it can be done.

    If you're even thinking about moving onto server side languages.... PHP ... get the WAMP package for windows.. pretty slick, will install pretty much everything you'll need for running and testing a server with PHP, MySql....

    if you want to try your hand at ASP or ASP.net you'll need to go the IIS route

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    Another thing you can do if you're running Windows is to get the Web Platform Installer from Microsoft. It's free, and I know for a fact that it'll download and configure PHP for you so that it works for the most part (there is certain Linux-specific PHP weirdness that it doesn't do, but PHP.ini can be edited so that's okay). I think it'll do IIS as well, but I'm not sure.

    Download the Microsoft Web Platform

    This is if you really don't feel confident in your ability to install things. If you can install things (or you just want to learn to do something new), then do as WZ said.
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    xampp is also goood

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    You can practise "website building" locally with XAMPP or MAMP, if you are using a mac. Although this is not even required for basic files, such as HTML and CSS as well as Ruby on Rails.

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    Go with XAMPP.

    1. Download it.
    2. Install it.
    3. Dump your files in a folder in the XAMPP folder / htdocs.
    4. Start XAMP and start "APACHE" and "MYSQL" (if needed, say for Wordpress).
    5. Open browser and go to localhost/(your folder name)

    Highly rec'd for initial production or testing as it's secure on your computer and there is no download wait time. And you can do work without any internet.
    Last edited by RDesignista; Sep 16th, 2013 at 12:07 AM.

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    What game said basically. But it definitely brings back memories of using Geocities back in the day which utilized the drag & drop method to make a website lol.. To funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kralcx View Post
    xampp is also goood
    XAMPP is something of a second-option in my opinion. I mean it's a great tool for beginners but not someone who is wanting to learn the ins and outs or hosting a web server from say a Windows Server or Linux etc (if you get me).

    IIS is an awesome server and when you download the MS Web Platform Installer you have a powerful array of different addons and scripts you can add to your server.

    That's just my opinion though, however I do recommend XAMPP, if I'm not sounding hypocritical.
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    If you are aiming to practice website building, i think practice with the local server like XAMPP or WAMP is the best option rather than going for free hosting.


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