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Free/Cheap Ad-Free Wordpress Based Blog?

Asked by anonyjelly16 (739 points ) February 28th, 2009

I have had my personal site (built using Wordpress) for a while. I have been paying about $8/month for hosting and am wondering if it is another expense I could get rid of.

I could move it to Wordpress.com but I believe it costs to have your own domain name (other than registration fees) and to not have advertisements (which can look tacky). I think it would run around $50/year with those two options.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be a good option? I have thought about Google Pages, a paid Wordpress Blog etc. If necessary, I am okay with moving to Blogger as well.

Ideas?

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jrpowell's avatar

I have a wordpress blog hosted here. It is pay as you go hosting. Hosting for the blog is about 50 cents per month. It doesn’t get much traffic. And a domain is 10 bucks a year.

If you decide to use them let me know. I can walk you through installing wordpress.

anonyjelly16's avatar

@johnpowell I know you’re being modest/classy by not posting your site. May I see it? Also, can you give me an idea of what you end up paying each month… and how many hits you get each month?

jrpowell's avatar

Honestly.. I don’t track the stats. But it isn’t many hits. And it is hard to tell since I use it as a image host too. I would say that images are 75% of the cost. I would say the actual blog is 10 cents per month. And here is the blog. I was drunk and had a bad idea. Two hours later that became a reality. But really, Allie is to blame for it.

edit :: The site will go down soon. I only have 07 cents left on the account. And my debit card isn’t working at the moment.

justin5824's avatar

Well, I host a site with wicked bandwith limits on http://byethost.com/ and seems to cope well. There are 2 or 3 popups when YOU go to login to your CPanel, but no other ads!

anonyjelly16's avatar

@justin5824 Thanks for sharing. I don’t think they allow using your own domain name. I might just be asking for impossible here. Maybe, I should think about splitting the site into various places—linkedin.com for the professional stuff, emurse.com for resume, and a wordpress subdomain for the blog. Cross linking each of them might be the way to go.

anonyjelly16's avatar

@johnpowell really? less than a buck a month? That seems a lot more affordable and fair than paying a flat fee for very little traffic. I think I might go with that.

anonyjelly16's avatar

@johnpowell… okay so I checked. NearlyFreeSpeech will cost me the same as HostMonster. Checking into Byethost and Yakkel.

justin5824's avatar

Yea, byet allows you to have your own domain.
Just add the domain to the CPanel, and add
to the domiain as NS’s

ns1.byethost.org
ns2.byethost.org
ns3.byethost.org
ns4.byethost.org
ns5.byethost.org

anonyjelly16's avatar

@justin5824 I tried ByetHost. The setup was complex but it did turn out to be doable. The big downside now is that if you go to a page that doesn’t exist, you land on their page filled with ads and popups. That would have been okay if it didn’t contain suggestive/adult ads.

So far, ByetHost seems to be winning among the free hosting services.

anonyjelly16's avatar

@justin5824 by the way… I am going to check if I can fix the 404 page and make it look professional. Will keep you posted.

anonyjelly16's avatar

Okay. So, I settled on GoDaddy’s hosting service. It was pretty cheap and had everything I needed. Thank you all for your help with this.

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