The first step in creating a Web site is to acquire some Web space. Before locking into a paid Web hosting service, or a free service that puts ads on your site, check into the Web space that you might already have. Most ISPs give their customers free Web space as part of their Internet service package. Check with your Internet Service Provider. It might just be a matter of asking them to activate it. If you are just learning to create a Web site, or aren’t sure what your needs will be, the free Web space from your ISP is a great place to start.

The amount of Web space that comes with an ISP is typically very small, often only 5 MB. Will that be enough? What will you be using your Web space for? You can fit thousands of basic Web pages in 5 MB. So the number of typical Web pages that you plan to put on your Web site has very little impact on the amount of space you need.

However, programs, photos, videos, or other file types can each take a lot of space. The number of these other types of files will determine how much Web space you need.  If you limit your Web site content to pages of textual content with small images and maybe a handful of photos, you could fit a pretty extensive Web site in 5 MB of space.

Be sure to check the terms of use of that Web space. A condition of use for that free space is usually that it is for personal use only, not commercial use. Selling anything from your Web site is considered commercial use.

There is one more potential issue with using ISP-provided free Web space, though very minor: you likely would not be able to use your own domain name. The URL to free ISP-provided Web space is typically something like http://www.isprovider.com/~myAccountName/.  Do you mind using a URL like that to get to your Web site?

Conclusion

Use the free Web space that comes with your Internet service package if:

  1. You do not need a lot of Web space.
  2. You can agree with the conditions of use.
  3. You don’t mind the ISP-provided URL.

Using that free Web space is a great place to learn to create Web pages and to share information on the World Wide Web.  You can’t beat having no Web space fees or domain name fees when you are just starting out.

The ISP-provided Web space is there, free for you to use.  If it is sufficient for your needs, you might as well use it!

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