No matter what your level of experience or
needs, there is a hosting service (hosts are the various companies
who will put your pages on their web servers) that is right
Even just in the free hosting range, the
services range from Tripod
which are especially suited to first time users, through ones
and even the UK based f2s.com or Freedom2Surf.com
which has no banners.
If you are building for the first time, I
strongly recommend using either Tripod or Geocities. These
hosts are both specially geared to first-time users and have
tools that take absolutely all of the hassles and worries
The Tripod service is my preference of the
two because it gives you a cooler web address - like http://your-member-name.tripod.com
. However both provide excellent easy-builder tools and have
'communities' that help others find your site.
For more advanced users who want to use CGI
programs then you need to shop upmarket a little more and
may be happier with hosts like VirtualAve who provide some
If you were going to build a commercial site
you could do worse than look at hosting services such as hypermart.
The Open Directory Project provide a very useful directory
of free web site hosts that helps you to compare size allowances
and features at a glance.
Take your time when selecting a host, and
pay attention to just how helpful their help files and support
stuff really is. If you find that the help doesn't help then
you should almost certainly look elsewhere.