House Hunting in Cyberia:
Now that you've spent quite some time and effort creating an aesthetic
webpage, it's time to build your home in cyberspace. To make your pages
accessible to everyone with an Internet connection, you need to put them
on a web server. A web server is a computer that will store your homepage,
connect to other computers on the Internet, and show your homepage to those
who try to access it. Universities abroad are very generous with their
computers, and most students, within a few days of being on the Internet
create their home pages - with snaps of themselves, their college, and
even their pets! For the rest of us who are not so lucky, there are internet
servers that allow you to put up your home page for a price, while there
are a few that offer their services for free. These free webspace providers
can afford to give away free space by earning advertising revenue based
on their user profile. To that end, they require you to fill in a few details
about yourself, and stick to certain rules that they have - like not using
the site for commercial purposes, and not putting up vulgar material on
your home page. In return, they offer you a fixed amount of megabytes (one
megabyte can store an average of 75 pages) on their computers which you
could use to put up your home page. Tripod
is one such site, that currently offers users 5 Mb of space. Once you register
and become a member, you have a password that you use to create your pages,
and later on, modify them.
another site that offers you 6 Mb of webspace for your homepage. This site
is very unique in that it is almost like choosing a home. Once you register
as a member, you are taken on a tour of different cities (localities) where
you'd like to stay. I chose the city of love, romance, and passion - Paris.
Once in the city of your choice, from hundreds of blocks present you have
to hunt around till you get a vacant block you like, and occupy it. I chose
block 2889. So my home page address here is (http://www.geocities.com/Paris/2889).
If you'd rather not have your homepage to be associated with the "free"
label, try looking out for webpage providers who charge a reasonable fee
for hosting your webpages. Indian companies charge a lot, and charge a
recurring fee. When I outgrew Tripod and Geocities, I shifted my home in
cyberspace to Bayside
(http://www.bayside.net), which charges a flat rate for 10 Mb of space
for lifetime. A month before I bought my space, the rate was just US$15,
but it zoomed up to US$25. The rate at the time of going to press is US$40.
So take your time, visit these sites, and choose your homepage carefully.
Remember - you'll probably be staying there for the rest of your life on