Monday, August 29, 2011

How Can I Get a Free Website Without Ads?

A lot of companies will give you a place on the web to build your own site absolutely free if you're willing to make sort of a devil's bargain. We give a free site, the bargain goes, if you let us plaster advertisements all over your webpages.

"Plaster" may be a bit harsh, because some services are pretty discrete in their ad placement. Still...they're the ones earning ad revenue. Not you.

But your good friends at Google offer something different. Visit Google Sites and build yourself a nifty-looking website absolutely free. Free as in no charge and free as in no advertising, either. The sites are template-based and are pretty flexible in terms of what you can do with them and your overall control of site design. Here's an example of one of my sites, if you want to get a feel.

Your url isn't necessarily pretty, and will initally be something like But as you can see at my example site, you can switch it to your own url (Google Sites makes it easy!) for about $10 a year.

And if you want to put in Adsense ads of your own...or any other ads for that matter...feel free. There's no problem as far as Google Sites is concerned.

I definitely think Google Sites is the best option around for a free website, no ads, but they're not the only game in town. Check out these other options for free websites.

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