This challenge requires whoever is taking it to get a website up and running. So, what is better than testing the waters with free web hosting and even a domain before choosing to spend some cold hard cash on a service? Sounds good to me especially since I am not expecting killer traffic any time soon! I am going to head over to 000 Webhost Inc, create an account and pick up a free domain! Excited!
After logging in, I just go ahead and start the next step as shown and described below:
Now that I have setup my brand new account, I am ready to start rolling with my new domain name! Note: If I had registered my domain somewhere else, I would have to edit my DNS settings to point to http://www.000webhost.com but since I didn’t do that, I am all set. Now, let us move to the next step already! My free domain is http://www.simpledeveloper.net78.net and I know it is not the best. Locate the File Manager in your account and click it!
Clicking that folder might require you to log back in due to session expiration. After getting back in, you will see something similar to the one below:
While uploading your files to their servers, you are required to put them in the above directory [public_html] to be exact! So, how do you upload your files? There are several ways to do this: 1) Try several tools available for free for different platforms and 2) look at the photo below to see another option available to you inside your account!
Please make sure that you are in the right directory as shown by the two arrows above or you will run into problems. You can then click the upload button to upload new files into your server. There is one thing I didn’t mention: remember to delete the default.php file that is already in your server!
You are probably asking: what if I have hundreds of files, will I have to do that hundreds of times? The answer is, thank goodness, NO. There are free FTP clients all over the web and one of them is FileZilla and some web development tools like WebMatrix come with that capability built-in so you just need to click a button and get your website published! Awesome right?
So what do you need to use such clients? Simple, you need your username and password. But where are they located? I am going to complete this post with just that last image showing where you will find them:
Phew! Just keep the information shown by those arrows close to you because one way or another, you will need them to upload your files to the server! I hope this tutorial was helpful and if you have any questions, please let me know. I will be working on my cool new website at Simple Developer even though the most important thing I was trying to do here was to help those who needed to do this for their first time!
Please leave me some comments and let us talk! Good luck and go take over the world!