Many people want to set up a simple Web site, but struggle with the technical aspects. Enter Wix.com, the stylish and easy way to establish a quick Web presence, whether that be for personal or business use. This free service includes a "drag and drop" editor requiring no technical expertise, plus hundreds of ready made templates. You can customise anything: the colour, text, images, layout, etc. Wix.com includes popular add-ons like Google Calender, video and social plug-ins to add extra interactivity to your site. Mobile friendly code is also available, as are e-commerce features, cloud hosting, and dedicated support.
An excellent free content sharing tool for both Webmasters and general surfers. If you're a Webmaster, add the Shareaholic plug-in to your site and visitors can easily share the content across popular social channels. If you don't operate a site and simply wish to share content, download the free browser plug-in. This way, you can share via popular social sites quickly and easily. Available for all popular browsers.
A neat free message board provider, ideal for adding extra interactivity to Web sites, or for other uses, such as classroom assignments, sports team coordination, departmental announcements, etc. The free version is limited in terms of customisation but still retains excellent functionality. Features include: public or private mode, basic admin tools (more available if you upgrade), e-mail alerts, RSS feeds, along with a unique Web address.
A large UK-based affiliate network and among the best you'll find anywhere online. If you are serious about earning money from your site, make Affiliate Window your first port of call. It enables you to earn money by participating in the wide variety of affiliate programs from popular (and also lesser known) advertisers. Banners, text links, e-mail promos and more are all ready made, so all you have to do is promote. A user dashboard provides extensive reporting options and an account overview, so it's easy to keep track of your progress.
If you want to add a poll, quiz or online survey to your Web site or blog, try AddPoll.com. The service is customisable to the look and feel of your brand identity via HTML and CSS. Detailed reports are available so you can see how the survey is progressing. Integration and sharing options with social networking sites are also included. Data can be exported at any time into spreadsheet format.
A polished free Web hosting provider with tons of features - too many to list here - including 10GB disk space, 5 FTP accounts, 100GB monthly data transfer, 5 e-mail addresses, 5 sub-domains, PHP and MySQL support and a variety of free templates, so you can quickly get up and running even without technical knowledge. This hosting provider (surprisingly) contains no advertisements which is a major plus. It is possible to use top level domains (i.e. .com or .co.uk) at Servers Free.
A free Web site monitoring service that checks much more than just availability. Monitor.us will also monitor your server's general health and speed. Registration is very simple and takes approximately 5 minutes. The service presents stats in a variety of graphs and tables for easy viewing. Features include: unlimited number of monitors, real-time charts, mobile application, and more.
This free service is useful if you wish to add a feedback form onto your Web site, Content Management System, social networking page, or blog. Cloud Contact Forms provides the ability to set-up and maintain a variety of different forms and access the data in one convenient location. No programming is required and there's a quick sign-up process.
If setting up your own personal or business Web site leaves you scratching your head, give WebNode a try. With this free service you can have a fully functioning site online with minimal hassle. With over 100 template designs, selecting the look of your site is easy, then it's simply a case of moving elements to their required position. A number of online marketing tools are also available to get you up and running with site promotion. A sub-domain (you.webnode.com) is provided free of charge.
This veteran free message board provider is an excellent place to obtain a forum. You can add a ProBoards message board to your site within minutes, and you needn't be a technical whiz kid either. The service is customisable to the look and feel of your pages and has an easy-to-use admin area, plus there's a free sub-domain (yourforum.proboards.com) on offer.
The "free" package at 123ContactForm allows webmasters to set up fully functional feedback forms with ease. Better still, anti-spam protection is built-in as standard. Please note: the free version contains a small "Powered by 123ContactForm" link beneath each form, but this can be removed by upgrading. Other perks of the service include: unlimited messages, customer "thank you" pages, HTML templates, a form creation wizard, fully customisable forms, and more.
If you run your own Web site, try this free widget to add scrolling news feeds to your pages. It'll keep your visitors coming back for the latest updates! You are able to hand-pick which type of content the widget delivers, from world news and business to music and sports coverage. A small "Feedzilla.com" link is added to the bottom of each feed, since this is a free service.
A great freebie widget for Webmasters. By using the "ShareThis" button, visitors will be able to quickly share your link with a variety of social and bookmarking sites. A number of ShareThis widget designs are available to entice users to click, and you needn't be a technical genius to implement them either!
Yola is offering a free Web site package with 1GB storage space, various site templates and an easy-to-use page builder. Better yet, you'll find no banners or pop-ups here to hamper your efforts. This free version has a 15MB file upload limit. Having said that, the service is great for anyone wanting to gain a simple Web presence. No technical knowledge is needed and you can even use your own domain name (not included). A commercial upgrade is available should you need extra resources.
A straight-forward (and free) Web site monitoring service that aims to check your site every 2 minutes for possible downtime. In order to use the service, you are required to provide a link back to their site.
If you'd like to set up a free blog site, you would be hard-pressed to find much better than WordPress.com (a hosted service based on the popular blogging software). The service includes: Web site stats, numerous themes, and a variety of widgets and add-ons, such as those for Twitter. Of course, you are able to add, delete, edit and organise your posts in categories as you see fit.
A highly popular, free and easy-to-use forum provider, based on phpBB. FreeForums.org is ideal if you want to set up a discussion board for your Web site without getting bogged down with the technicalities. It includes a range of features: 99.9% uptime, hourly backups, a customisable interface, plus 130+ ready made themes. The admin control panel makes maintaining your forum a snap. They also provide a free sub-domain (your.freeforums.org).
This service (formally known as Freewebs) allows you to create a Web site the quick and easy way. Webs is ideally suited to those unfamiliar with the concept of Web site development. Here, you can create your own online blog or picture album, include polls, create online forms and also optimise your site, all free of charge. You can also use their services to create an online shop.
Anyone can create a Web site with Weebly. No technical skills are required and you can be publishing online within minutes. Weebly allows you to create a blog, and re-arrange the content as a series of modules to create the designed look. The number of "drag and drop" elements at this service means it is perhaps the easiest place on the Web to create an online blog site.
If you are a Web designer, ensuring your site loads correctly in the popular browsers is crucial. Browsershots displays screenshots of your pages in numerous browser versions, including IE5, IE6, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Konqueror, Chrome, and also lesser-known applications (and even those based on Linux and Apple Mac).
One of the largest and most popular affiliate networks, Clickbank has a worldwide reach and allows webmasters to monetise their Web site with a huge range of campaigns (over 10,000). The network features a large number of Web and software products, including "ebooks", downloads and more, which you can add to your sites to earn regular monthly commissions.
Web site hosts can be notoriously unreliable at times. If you have little downtime, count yourself lucky! To assist you in monitoring periods where your site may be offline or unresponsive, visit SiteUptime, a Web monitoring service. Their "free" package allows you to monitor one domain with 30 and 60 minute checks, which e-mail you in event of any downtime. Excellent commercial upgrades are available.
Register at Freeola for a free Web hosting package with plenty of useful features, including unlimited hosting space with no irritating advertisements. Freeola can also support MySQL databases and includes a range of complementary scripts, ranging from CGI to PHP. Over 500 sub-domains are available, so you can choose the most appropriate one to match your site's content.
Blogger allows you to create your own online Web log (or "blog" as it is commonly referred to). For our visitors unfamiliar with the term, blogs resemble an online diary where you can share your thoughts, stories and pictures with the rest of the world. However, the format of a blog is so versatile that you don't necessarily have to post comments about yourself. Blogger, like similar services, makes an excellent content management system and allows you to create a site on virtually any topic imaginable.
This free service for Webmasters enables you to add a small, "tell a friend" button to your Web site's pages. Word of mouth is particularly powerful and this service allows visitors to broadcast your name to their contact lists - or even individual recipients. To add the button, you simply need to copy and paste a small snippet of HTML code into your pages.
The immensely popular Bravenet offers all the free Webmaster services you're likely to need in one convenient location. They provide dozens of free services to help build, promote, enhance and monetize Web sites, many of which are remotely hosted. A free help centre is always available to help you with any of your Webmaster questions, plus you can customise many of their services to your specification.
Provides a free newsletter list service for Web site owners wishing to keep "in touch" with visitors. Ideal for personal sites and small organisations, YMLP offers double opt-in member processing, a downloadable subscriber database and allows you to add a "subscribe" form on your site. The service is supported by adverts on subscription pages, however, no ads are shown within sent newsletters.
This fantastic free hit counter service is one of the best we've seen in a long while. Amazing Counters includes over 350 counter styles to choose from and also provides Web site statistics (so you can privately view your traffic history), along with a free invisible counter, should you choose not to display a counter image. Registering for a free counter here is quick and easy.
This veteran Web site tracking service has been online for over 10 years and continues to provide accurate and real-time visitor information. Using this fine (and free) service, you can track an extensive amount of information about your visitors, including daily/monthly totals and averages, top referrers, browser types, search engine keywords, operating systems, countries, etc. What's more, there is also no limitation on traffic, so you can track as many visitors as you like. Our only gripe is the lack of password protection on their "free" package.
An excellent UK affiliate network, offering hundreds of advertising programs that you can select to increase revenue for your site. This network is free to register with and regularly updates with fresh merchants, all offering something different, so you're sure to find programs that perform well. Affiliate Future provides real-time tracking and reporting that's useful for monitoring your top performing campaigns.