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Les in Chorlton 07 Jul 11 - 03:25 AM
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Subject: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 03:25 AM

Hi Folks, I know I have asked the question before but times and technology move on so here we go again:

We are looking for a preferably free website for our sessions at The Beech in Chorlton. Manchester. I would like to be able to park pdfs, MS Word documnets, ABC files, photograps and video, so that they can be downloaded by others.

Any advice?

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 03:51 AM

The poster, of course, is gargoyle....
WORD PRESS of Course WordPress.com – Not only can you install WordPress on your own sites, you can use the same software on their site and save yourself all of the technical work.

Also
FACEBOOK

For even more:

GreatestJournal.com – Based on the same software as LiveJournal, offers free voice posts, 1GB of photo hosting, and space for up to 2,000 user icons.

InsaneJournal.com – Another site based on the Danga software that runs LiveJournal, offers free and paid accounts, paid benefits are only enhancements.

JorunalFen.net – Runs on the Danga platform, very much directed towards various “fandoms” (i.e. Harry Potter, various Television shows) and is meant for users 18 and older.

LiveJournal.com – One of the most well known of the blogging hosts. Offers multiple account types such as ad-supported and paid. The center of a few controversies recently.

Themed Blog Sites
   
Blogabond.com – A site dedicated to travel blogs with map integration and more.

BlogCheese.com – A video blogging website.

BusyThumbs.com – A blog site specifically for your text messages and camera phone images.

Freevlog – Designed for video blogging and completely free.

Trippert.com – Create and share blogs of your travels.

Ufem.com – Blogging site specifically geared towards women. Offers multiple themes and plugins.

Word Count Journal.com – A new blogging format that is also part challenge. Write one word on the first day, two words on the second day and so on, at the end of the year you’ll have written 66,795 words.

Xanco.com – Another moblogging site for you to share all your mobile communications with friends and family.


Blogetery.com – Offers multiple templates, anti-spam, free sub- domain and more.

BlogRox.com – Runs on WordPress and offers 50MB of free online space.

Blogsome.com – Based out of Ireland, this site uses the WordPress MU platform, large choice of themes.

Edublogs.com – WordPress powered blogging for educators.


Various Platforms



Blog.com – Offers free blog hosting with unlimited bandwidth for their free package, more benefits for paid members.

Blog Ladder.com – All blog entries show up on the main ladder as well as inside your own blog.

Blogger.com – A great starting site to get a taste of blogging, very easy to use.

Blogr.com – Allows you to blog, host photos & videos, and podcasts.

BlogSpirit.com – European based blogging site, offers 30-day trial and subscription thereafter, but offers quite a bit of storage.

Blogster.com – Offers free image hosting in addition to free blogs.

BlogYx.com – Blogging site with extras such as chat boxes so you can interact with your readers.

Bloki.com – Lets you build a blog site and even open it up for collaboration.

Bravenet.com – Free blog hosting with RSS feeds and more.

ClearBlogs.com – Free blog hosting and offers templates, friends only posts, IP-Banning and more.

Etribes.com – Based in Europe, allows you to create all sorts of websites including a blog.

Multiply.com – Mixes blogging and social networking, with photo galleries and more.

Netcipia.com – Free blog and wiki for private or public display with 2GB of storage.

Open Diary.com – Offers unlimited storage and posts, low cost subscription rates for advanced features.

ShoutPost.com – A platform for creating blogs with a focus on generating traffic.

SoulCast.com – Have something you want to talk about, but want to say it anonymously? This may be the blogging site for you.

Squarespace.com – Lets you build your blog with numerous themes, also allows you to add other site features.

Terapad.com – Offers blogs as well as features such as an integrated store.

Tooum.com – Fully integrated blog and forum which allows for seamless discussion between the two.

Tumblr.com – A blog platform with a focus on allowing media-rich posts.

Weebly.com – Allows you to create a site and blog, free hosting and change designs on the fly.

Windows Live Spaces – Free blogging with your MSN account, only drawback is readers have to have an account also.

Vox.com – Part of the SixApart family of blogging sites, very much geared towards the personal journal types of blogs.

Xanga.com – Part social network, part blogging, all free.

Yahoo 360 – Part of your Yahoo account and features easy publishing.

Zoomshare.com – Free blog hosting with 250MB of free storage.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 03:58 AM

erm................ wow thanks Guest that should keep me busy for a while.

Does anybody have experience of any of these sites?

L in C#


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Will Fly
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 04:00 AM

Hi Les - I can't add much more to the list in the post above except to say that most of these free sites have restrictions on the videos that can be posted - purely for space reasons. So you may have to post videos on specialist sites like YouTube or Vimeo and embed the code into your website. If you want a blog/website with a large amount of space for videos, then you'll probably have to pay.

I'd also be wary of uploading Word (.doc or .docx) files, as some people may not be able to read or download them. Conversion of verbal documents to PDF (Portable Document Format) is probably better.

Lots of mp3s will also take up file space - even at around 3-4Mb a pop. I used to have a page of free, downloadable mp3 files on my own web site, but had to take them down as I was rapidly using up my Gb allocation - and I pay for my website!

Just a few thoughts...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Will Fly
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 04:04 AM

Forgot to say, Les - there are social networking sites such as those provided by Ning which are free - but only up to a certain number of members. I use Ning for my own little social site - but I'll have to pay if it goes beyond 150 members.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 04:38 AM

A new one coming on th emarket is Google+

It is still in its trial period, but will probably be a strong contender to Facebook.

Two things I like about Google+ is that you can control the groups of people you make as friends. Each group will be private from any other group. So you can have a family group, where nobody other than the family can see anything posted and you could have a seperate group for Folk Music and so on and so forth. Facebook can't do that.
The second is that you can skype inside Google+ and hold meetings with several people at the same time.

Google+ is aiming at the smart phone users which is great. I would assume that it will be computer based as well.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 05:18 AM

Thanks again folks. Will - no too bothered about video - as you say links to U tube work well. The real need for us is pdfs and ABC Explorer so that we can share our tune book - 82 tunes going to 100 soon.

Cheers
L in C#


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 05:34 AM

abc or abc explorer? What are you hoping to do?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 05:35 AM

Now it's bouncing my name - JF


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 09:38 AM

We have a tune book with 82 ABC Explorer - agreat programme for sharing and listening to tunes. We have also saved them as pdfs. Most people can clearly open and use pdfs but for those of us who cannot read music listening to the tunes via ABC Explorer is brilliant.

I have shared both via e-mail but it would be simpler to park the pdfs and the ABCs somewhere and let people help themselves.

L in C


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 09:49 AM

OK, I thought you might have been thinking of running Abc Explorer on the website (actually you could run the programs it uses to do the pdf, etc. but not on a free website and even paid for shared hosting might be hard to find...)

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It might also be adding the midis to your site for people to download.-


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 10:55 AM

I have used Esnips for storing all sorts of stuff for some time. It's not ideal for mac users or people who don't allow Active X but I have 2gb of my 5gb space in use and can send people links to it.

So for example here is an invention (!!) that I linked to ages ago.

I also have videos, documents and music there which can be downloaded. Can share it with all or specific groups. I link some of the music up there from web space (which hence can be tiny and no bandwidth) eg some tunes etc which is a little widget they supply.

Total cost: £0.
Downside: Annoy mac users and the security conscious


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 01:18 PM

It's not nice to annoy Mac users, Guest. :D


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 03:33 PM

Old MacDonald ......


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 04:35 PM

Les - Weebly is great. I can meet up with you sometime and show you how I use it for my sites if you like...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Best Free Websites
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 08 Jul 11 - 03:51 AM

Xlnt idea Mr C. is Lunch next week a possibility - I think you pass my dorr sometimes

Les


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