Webmastering and Web Development
Use the tools and sites on this page to build and promote your own web-site and/or online business!
Tip of the Month/
You can use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to set a fixed (text) format/layout for your web pages that can be controlled from one HTML or CSS page (which you choose). CSS can also used to streamline your pages' source code AND decrease their load time. CSS can also be used to make your graphics overlap in any position you like (unlike regular HTML). [However, some older browsers do not support them, and ignore them altogether.]
What you need first
If you don't have internet access, then this is the first thing you should get to start your own web-site and/or online business.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
Mastro.Net - Get FREE MONTHLY INTERNET ACCESS! Get rid of the hassle of trying to pay off those monthly bills you have to pay for using the services of those other Internet Service Providers. Click on the Mastro.Net link above and find out more about this great service!
Build Your Own Web-sites and/or Web pages!
Tripod - The server I started with and am still on as of April 1999. They made some changes in November 1998, by replacing their Homepage Builder with a Homepage Studio. They now require you to have a Java enabled browser to do any online editing or uploading via the Tripod web-site. However, the URLs they give out are shorter than Geocities, the server is just as big, and they still have some good services. Include the fact that they have kept the Homepage Builder in a not so obvious place that can still be found, and you got some decent service. Tripod root URLs appear like this: "http://members.tripod.com/~'your member name'/". They offer 11MB of free web space, which can be upgraded to 22MB by becoming a Premium Member (which requires a small fee). All free members must have a Tripod pop-up displayed on their starting page. Premium members can have this removed. If you are planning on becoming a member now, you should not have much of a problem since the updates have been done.
Geocities - A well-known and therefore large choice of most new web developers who want a free start. Their downside is that the root URLs they hand out are long and confusing. Plus they use a Java Script to keep their logo in the bottom right-hand corner of any free site's browser window. This logo scrolls up and down as the user scrolls up and down, and it is located on every page. However, they still offer some pretty good services for a free web-space provider.
ICat Inc. - Build your own online store with 10 selling items, for only about $9.00US. Want more items to sell? Well you can sell a few more items for a small additional fee (in U.S. dollars). Don't know any html? You don't have to. ICat's web page wizard makes building your online store easy, without the hassle of having to learn any html.
MyFreeOffice - Get your own free online virtual office and 5MB of free Web space on the MyFreeOffice server. Become part of an online community or start your own online community. Plus, there are many more services such as domain registration, online web page editing and more.
Domain Names: Registration, and Parking
Network Solutions Inc. - A leading provider of Internet identity services, and the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). One of the best domian name registration services to use on the Internet!
V3 - Get your own virtual URL, and shorten your URL from any Free Web-Space Provider (like Geocities, Tripod, etc.) to something like http://come.to/YourSite!
DFX Mail -Get your own Free Web-Based E-mail Address from DFX Mail.
gAccept Credit Cards from your site, Online.
ELECTRONIC TRANSFER,INC.- Merchant Status Makes It Easy For Customers To Buy From You! Online, Home-Based, Mail/Phone Order, and Start-Ups Accepted! 2% Discount Rate, and No Monthly Minimum, everything you need to know to accept credit cards online and offline.
HITS2U - One of the two best banner exchange programs I have ever tried. Become a free member for free, or become a Premium member or Business Partner and get double the benefits! Both Premium and Business Partner memberships require a fee in US dollars. This program gives HIT2U members an incentive that will drive them to your web-site. Visit (and register your visit) at 25 HITS2U web-sites, and get the same amount back. Premium members have the best incentive of all; getting paid commisions per referral.
TrafficX - A decent and fair free banner exchange program, with a 1:1 exposure ratio. I'd say that it is worth giving it a try.
Pop-up Banner Exchange - A join their pop-up banner exchange program and get your free complimentary software download gift valued at $195.00US.
More Than Just Banner Exchanges
SmartAge - One of the best multi-programs I have ever been part of. Join their banner exchange program. Then, join any combination of their affiliates/associates programs and earn credits towards exposures for your banner. There are many more services as well.
Link Exchange - A large multi-program with a lot of hype, but a not so excellent banner exchange program. They offer you your own free page hit counter that can give you all the basic statistics you need, plus a few other programs.
ClickTrade - A great program for earning revenue and/or choosing and paying whomever requests to have your banner placed on their site for whatever pay rate you set out.
Web Page Submissions to Search Engines
Inspect Your Site
Internet Money Making Ideas
Get Rich On The Internet (By Dr. Dennis Mintun) - Learn how to make money on the internet the fast and easy way, without having to waste your valuable time using through trial and error methods.
Sponsors For Your Site
DataCom - Get paid per-click and/or per-impression (based on your site's traffic). Payout rates start off at $0.12 per click and/or $0.40 per impression, and can go as high as $0.15 per click and/or $0.50 per impression (again, based on your site's traffic)! You receive your check once your account reaches or goes over $50.00US (once a month).
EAds - Get paid per-click. Payout rates start off at $0.10 per click! You receive your check once your account reaches or goes over $10.00US [or whatever amount you may choose] (once a month).