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Free and paid web hosting explained. When setting up your own web space there are many things to consider, unfortunately some of the important things we should be considering are not on the radar, essentially we want the cheapest and easiest build we can get. What are the pros and cons of this and how can drupal and open source development be a better long term and sustainable option?

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Commercial media channels

Commercial media channels really should be secondary channels not primary and we should always have an exit strategy. This happened to me last year when I set up a site in NING for my arts studios. We established a good community of well over a 100 users and we then had to stop using the NING site because it was too expensive which meant starting all over again. NING made it easy enough to copy and take the content but the biggest loss and one that could not easily be transferred was the community. Read More - http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/have-we-right-balance-between-open-education-and-commercial-social-media

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What are the pros and cons of

What are the pros and cons of creating a site using these kinds of platforms - create websites (Drupal and open source provides a more independent environment ? )

Site for free - theres always a catch - http://www.wix.com/ - investing your time and all important community network in these easy to make sites could prove problematic in the future when you want to more servers up upscale.

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Many free webhosting

Many free webhosting companies are not suitable for Drupal hosting due to lack of required software such as php and sql database, some others insert advertisements into your pages. Generally you may need to pay to host your drupal site, for sites not demanding too much php memory you can use this free webhosting (without adverts) that supports drupal: http://www.000webhost.com/

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Thanks Grzesiek I've been

Thanks Grzesiek

I've been looking at the free drupal host and

http://www.000webhost.com/) - SAY: We are upgrading autoinstaller at the moment. We do not have exact date when it wil be finished.
However, you can upgrade account and immediatelly start using another autoinstaller that has 50 scripts ready to install in one click!

http://www.freehostia.com looks good but you need an existing URL or need to buy one.

http://www.drupalgardens.com/ looks great for a starter - out the box drupal install - free