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    Free Easy Web Hosting

    I'm looking, and looking, for a free website host that allows you to start with a domain name and a blank page. Has an editor that allows you to place and move around text, graphics, photos, etc, with an easy to understand editor. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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    "Free" is never "Free". There is always some 'catch'. Maybe some pop-up ads, limited features, hidden costs, etc.

    But really ... cleverdot.com is one full year for $40 the first year. That includes your domain name. That is $3.30 per month? A McDonalds's hamburger is $2.49 + tax.
    Last edited by mlseim; Apr 21st, 2021 at 01:52 PM.


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    Thanks for your reply. I signed up with CleverDot but their editor was beyond my comprehension. I have built five websites with Yahoo's SiteBuilder so I do have an little understanding of web design, graphics, text, and publishing to a domain name. But Yahoo no longer allows changes to be made so I canceled my account. Other sites I have looked at want you to use templates but I prefer to start with a blank page. I'm now looking for something simple, easy to use, low cost, because I only want 2 to 3 pages. Maybe I'm asking too much but about 20 years back I first started with a free website that was easy to compose pages and publish. They did restrict bandwidth but that's not a problem with me. I can't remember the name of the host.

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    Are you able to export your sitebuilder web pages to plain HTML files?

    Nothing is the same as 20 years ago.

    I'm wondering if you can still use sitebuilder on your PC and export (or save) the HMTL files on your computer.
    If that can happen, I will just show you how to upload them to cleverdot.
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    Page builders aren't what they used to be for sure. Much more powerful though.

    I'd definitely go mlseim's route. If you can get the site into html and the file structure is simple, then you should be able to upload them into a file manager and unzip everything.
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    You folks are nice to try to help me. Thank you. But when you start talking about HTML you lose me. I did copy and paste some HTML into my old website but I would not attempt to do a part, or complete, old website. I'll keep looking for something simple. Thanks again.

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    When I say HTML, that is the scripting code that is actually a web page.

    For example: SeaStories.html looks like this:
    Code:
    <!--$sitebuilder version="2.9.0" extra="Java(1.8.0_101)" md5="39f4b12116f4a5fb357e6cd3e7fc941b"$-->
    <!--$templateKey Blank||1.0.0$-->
    <html>
      <head>
        <!--$begin exclude$--><title>SeaStories</title><!--$end exclude$-->
        <meta name="generator" content="SiteBuilder/2.9.0/1.8.0_101">
        <!--$page margin 0, 0, 20, 0$-->
        <!--$centered$-->
        <!--$fontFamily Arial$-->
        <!--$fontSize 14$-->
        <style type="text/css"><!--
          BODY {font-family:"Arial"; font-size:14;margin:0px;padding:0px;text-align:center;min-width:760px;}
          P {font-family:"Arial"; font-size:14;}
          FORM {margin:0;padding:0;}
          #centerwrapper {text-align:left;width:760px;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;}
        --></style>
      </head>
      <body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" background="http://www.webdesignforums.net/forum/images/SeaStories/WatSky10.jpg" text="#000000" link="#0000FF" vlink="#800080" topmargin="0" leftmargin="0">
    
    <!--$begin exclude$-->
        <div id="centerwrapper">
          <div id="root" style="position:absolute;width:760px;height:594px;">
    <!--$end exclude$-->
            <div id="e0" style="position:absolute;left:7;top:9;width:753;height:57;">
              <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="753">
                <tr>
                  <td nowrap height="57" align="center" valign="top"><span class="text"><font face="Copperplate Gothic Light" size="7"><span style="font-size:48px;line-height:53px;">~S e a &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;S t o r i e s~<br soft></span></font></span></td>
                </tr>
              </table>
            </div>
            <div id="e1" style="position:absolute;left:242;top:84;width:267;height:387;"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/SeaStories/BoxSS_page.JPG$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/BoxSS_page-267x387.jpg" width="267" height="387" alt=""></div>        <div id="e2" style="position:absolute;left:30;top:100;width:96;height:139;"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/Recruiting_Poster.jpg$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/Recruiting_Poster-96x139.jpg" width="96" height="139" alt=""></div>        <div id="e3" style="position:absolute;left:575;top:143;width:147;height:200;"><img src="http://www.webdesignforums.net/forum/images/SeaStories/Sub_Recruiting_Poster.jpg" width="147" height="200" alt=""></div>        <div id="e4" style="position:absolute;left:30;top:256;width:118;height:168;"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/SeaStories/SubPoster.bmp$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/SubPoster-118x168.png" width="118" height="168" alt=""></div>        <div id="e5" style="position:absolute;left:0;top:442;width:87;height:39;"><a href="index.html"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/Home_SS.bmp$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/Home_SS-87x39.png" width="87" height="39" border="0" alt=""></a></div>        <div id="e6" style="position:absolute;left:665;top:442;width:86;height:38;"><a href="SeaStories2.html"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/SeaStories/Next-SS.bmp$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/Next-SS-86x38.png" width="86" height="38" border="0" alt=""></a></div>        <div id="e7" style="position:absolute;left:2;top:493;width:748;height:34;"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/DBF_Centered.bmp$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/DBF_Centered-748x34.png" width="748" height="34" alt=""></div>        <div id="e8" style="position:absolute;left:214;top:532;width:252;height:42;"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/SeaStories/Sub3_SS.bmp$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/Sub3_SS-252x42.png" width="252" height="42" alt=""></div>        <div id="e9" style="position:absolute;left:289;top:210;width:97;height:92;"><span class="text"><font color="#FFFFFF" size="4"><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:22px;">Send me <br soft>your Sea <br soft>Stories you <br soft>would like<br soft></span></font></span>        </div>
            <div id="e10" style="position:absolute;left:260;top:99;width:239;height:102;"><span class="text"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:22px;">Sea Stories are a Navy <br soft>tradition. They were told, <br soft>heard, repeated, laughed at <br soft>and doubted.<br soft></span></font></span>        </div>
            <div id="e11" style="position:absolute;left:292;top:301;width:165;height:97;"><span class="text"><font color="#FFFFFF" size="4"><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:22px;">to share with your <br soft>shipmates. Keep it <br soft>clean sailor, this is <br soft>a family website.<br soft></span></font></span>        </div>
            <div id="e12" style="position:absolute;left:344;top:428;width:77;height:31;"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/SeaStories/SteelContact.bmp$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/SteelContact-77x31.png" width="77" height="31" alt=""></div>        <div id="e13" style="position:absolute;left:356;top:431;width:57;height:21;"><span class="text"><b><font color="#FFFFFF"><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:17px;">Contact<br soft></span></font></b></span>        </div>
            <div id="e14" style="position:absolute;left:357;top:432;width:57;height:21;"><span class="text"><a href="mailto:Admin@ussthornback.com" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-size:14px;line-height:17px;">Contact<br soft></span></b></a></span>        </div>
            <div id="e15" style="position:absolute;left:393;top:207;width:76;height:100;"><!--$img %ImageAssetImpl:/images/SeaStories/Mermaid_SS.bmp$--><img src="sitebuilder/images/Mermaid_SS-76x100.png" width="76" height="100" alt=""></div><!--$begin exclude$-->
          </div>
        </div>
    <!--$end exclude$-->
      </body>
    </html>
    <script type = "text/javascript"> (function(d, w) { var x = d.getElementsByTagName('SCRIPT')[0]; var f = function() { var _id = 'lexity-pixel'; var _s = d.createElement('script'); _s.id = _id; _s.type = 'text/javascript'; _s.async = true; _s.src = "//np.lexity.com/embed/YW/a87d82d15be18da730e9baad7a88e22f?id=8a71c894dcbc"; if (!document.getElementById(_id)) { x.parentNode.insertBefore(_s, x); } }; w.attachEvent ? w.attachEvent('onload', f) : w.addEventListener('load', f, false); }(document, window)); </script>
    I copied that HTML and removed SiteBuilder lines, I copied your images, and I uploaded it to my website. I did this to demonstrate that indeed, your web pages can be copied to another webhost (website).

    Here is my copy of your SeaStories.html page on my own website:
    https://www.catpin.com/seastories

    Pretty neat eh?

    Doing what I did does require some scripting skills and knowledge of how it works.

    And once it is there you no longer can use SiteBuilder to make changes/edits. You would have to log into the webhost's control panel and manually edit the HTML files. You probably don't want to manually make changes, but SiteBuilder no longer exists so you don't have much choice.

    Just letting you know that the option of duplicating your site on a different webhost can be done if you wanted to hire someone to do it. You would have to gather all of the images and HTML files and give them to the person duplicating the site.
    Last edited by mlseim; Apr 23rd, 2021 at 04:28 PM.


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    That's amazing!!!! You did what I thought might be possible but I thought it might be easier for someone who didn't understand PC code. Thanks for showing me how to do it. I appreciate you taking the time to explain the complete procedure. But PC code is over my head and to me it's like working in a foreign language that I can't read or speak. I signed up with HostGator and now using Weebly as the editor. I have managed to build a main website and a couple of sub-domains. My main site is now a bare bones site because I don't seem to be able to be creative with Weebly like I was when using SiteBuilder. I'm still learning Weebly but I'm disappointed in the results. If you care to look and comment on my new simple site here's the link:
    https://ussthornback418.com/index.html

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    Your weebly site doesn’t look too bad. Your site is serving a specific purpose for a small amount of people so it doesn’t have to follow all the normal rules or expectations. It’s sad to think that eventually everyone involved with that submarine will have passed away. But you’re keeping the memory alive for descendents. Keep getting all your information onto the new site and don’t fret over the “look”

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    Thanks for the nice comment and encouraging words.


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