Set up a free website

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How hard is it to create a presence online? You can sign up with Twitter or Facebook and be seen with very little effort. And that's okay, if you're willing to operate within their idea of how the world works. But suppose you've got other ideas? All of a sudden you may be looking at setting up a web server and dealing with a hundred and one headaches involved with the care and feeding of that setup. Or you might try out a service like Coralrift.

With this service, there's nothing to set up and no configuration necessary. Build your website on your local machine—pages, images, links, all that—and then archive it all into a ZIP file. Upload your archive file to Coralrift's servers, and you're on the air. You choose where your site lives—each site is hosted in a subdomain on their main website—and you're good. You now have web presence without having to plumb the depths of Apache or becoming a complete propeller-head sysadmin. Use this service to host a little site, a bigger one, or just as a place to build prototypes before cutting over to a more full-featured web hosting arrangement. If you're just using them to test a site, it all goes away at midnight tomorrow, but if you're a registered user, your site stays up forever, or at least until you take it down.

Coralrift is a free service, and doesn't require anything fancy on your end—just a web browser to upload and view sites, and whatever your favorite text editor and archive tools are to create them.

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6 Responses to “Set up a free website”

  1. ester ester says:

    really very cool service.

  2. Jason says:

    Very cool service…but couldn’t get it to work using several different browsers.

  3. Name (required) says:

    Only works with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

  4. GerGn says:

    Could not get a result. Tried Chrome and FireFox.

  5. DehLaddeh says:

    Doesn’t work at all. I tried Firefox and Chrome, and kept getting messages saying I need to use either Firefox or Chrome.

    Contacted them – no answer.

    The site doesn’t work.

  6. Ray Day says:

    Is it really free and is it safe enough so that no one wil just stop using the site. I had many files on a web site that all of a sudden went down because the owner of the Host page did not pay his bills. We lost everything and we don’t want to go through that again.