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Post » Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:55 pm

I register through Hover.com (owned by Tucows, who is actively fighting against SOPA). Enter code: HONEST and save 10% :P. They may seem a little bit more expensive, but all their domains include domain privacy...so if that is important to you, they are probably the most affordable around. Their site is nice and clean, easy to navigate, and not filled with a bunch of advertisements :).

Which host you choose can be a bit trickier as different ones allow different things (some won't allow Arcade type sites to be set up for instance). I use SquareSpace, but there are limitations...one of which is you cannot host Forums on the site, or Host any file larger than 20MB. But as zutri said, free hosting isn't very good, and shared hosting isn't much better...usually max user connections is between 15-25), not to mention the slower load times from so many sites shared on the same servers.

If you can't quite afford the a $20 per month site, the best shared hosting I was able to find is from a small independant host MyBBWebHost.com (named after the free Bulletin Board MyBB). They don't overcrowd their servers, and they allow up to 200 max user conenctions. For this reason I decided to host the Fun Chowder Community there. And they don't promise unlimited web storage and bandwidth, which in my opinion is much better, since I would rather have 20GB web space and 200GB transfer that works well than unlimited that doesn't.

Not 100% sure about hosting an Arcade, can always send them an e-mail. They respond quickly for a small host, but my guess is that it would be allowed. Once you start getting enough traffic to strain this host, then you can think about getting dedicated or cloud hosting.


TL;DR
Hover.com for domain registration (if domain privacy is important to you)
MyBBWebHost.com if you can only afford shared hosting. They don't have a site builder per say, but they do have softaculous, which can auto install over 250 scripts, such as Drupal or Wordpress.

edit: With http://www.webwiz.co.uk, as Tom mentioned earlier is the host for Scirra, at least you know you can set up an Arcade, and you can upgrade your package as you grow. Not sure what the max user connection limit is for the shared hosting though.Braxmule2011-12-25 17:32:02
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Post » Sun Dec 25, 2011 6:49 pm

this is probably the thing you need:

http://www.dot.tk

there you can register free "www.yourname.tk"
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Post » Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:09 pm

^yes I have previously used dot.tk but if you want a .com address you will have to pay.    
if you want a .com address you will have to pay. Hosting and domain names are separate, though some hosting providers bundle hosting with domain names. yola offers free hosting but not free .com domain names. The reason why most free hosting sites give you sub domains is because they do not have to pay for subdomains
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Post » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:06 pm

As far as blogging platforms go, I've heard good things about Wordpress. You can buy a domain for $17/year and get an easy-to-use publishing platform. Plus, if you look around for custom themes you can have a pretty nice looking website with just a bit of design sense and little to no coding experience.The Bespectacled One2011-12-25 21:06:44
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Post » Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:17 pm

I confirm that Wordpress is an excellent Website CMS.

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Post » Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:50 am

[QUOTE=HRA] .com
.net
.org

etc ..

All cost money, I doubt anyone will find one for free. You could always buy a .com from a host like GoDaddy and use a free web hosting service like 000webhost so that you are only paying for the Public Domain Name and not there hosting service.[/QUOTE]
No, don't use 000webhost, or at least read this first:
http://000webhost-scam.blogspot.com/
I used 000webhost before. They provided all of the features I was looking for. I stumbled across that page and ignored it. Several months later, 000webhost shut down my account without warning for the stupidest reason that did not apply. (I forgot what it was exactly.) Of course I didn't have a recent backup because it requires manually making the backup every month. And I couldn't get one of the backups that they offer because: 1) they deleted my account and 2) they don't actually take backups.

I recommend PerfectZ instead.
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