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How do people find free web space?

Susan Keenan Finding free web space can be accomplished easily enough. Lots of websites are dedicated to helping computer users locate these services. Therefore, all it takes to find free web space is a bit of time, access to the Internet, and a list of the requirements you want to meet with your web space.

The first place that you should start is with your ISP or Internet service provider. Most providers offer a small amount of free web space, perhaps 2 to 10 MB. If you aren't sure, contact your customer service department to ask.

Next, you can check websites that feature directory listings for free web space. Since you will most likely need to select the options that you are looking for in your web space, it is best to determine your needs and wants beforehand. Once you have made your determination as to the specifications that you want, you are ready to search in earnest.

Most of the websites that provide listings of free web space will request your specifications before returning a list of suitable providers. Typically, you will receive quite an extensive list of available providers of free web space. Once you have this list, you can check out their websites for more information.

If you already have a website using the free space allotted by your ISP, you can use it to gauge how much more space you need. For example, let's say that you want to expand your website by ten more pages. Determine how much space one page on your existing website uses and multiply this by the total number of pages your new website will have. This should be ten plus the number of existing pages you already have. So if you have 4 pages plus ten new ones, you will multiply by 14 to come up with the amount of space you need. This is important because not all providers of free web space offer the same amount of space. Some limitations do exist, but you can discover what they are by reading through the provider's information and FAQs.

Additionally, it is equally important to read through all of the fine print of the website that you are considering using. In some cases, signing up means that you also agree to advertising banners being displayed on your website. If you don't feel comfortable with this, continue searching until you find a provider who can meet your specifications.

I also suggest reading a few reviews or testimonials about the different possibilities. This will provide you with a clear idea of the experiences that others have had with a particular provider of free web space.

I recommend printing out the instructions for transferring your website so that you have them readily at hand. You should also familiarize yourself with the website's FAQ section since it will most likely contain quite a bit of pertinent information. Plus, you can always use their customer service department if anything crops up once you upload your web pages.

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