How to Create a Free Website URL
A website is found by the Uniform Resource Locator, or URL, which is an Internet address specific to the pages of a particular site's location on the World Wide Web (for example, "http://www.ehow.com"). Typically, URLs are obtained by paying for a preferred address from a domain name registrar; however, if you do not require a personalized address, such as "http://www.myname.com", you can opt to create a no-cost website URL by using a free website provider.
Things You'll Need
- Free website provider
- Email address
Research free website providers like FreeSite.org and ShortURL.com. In addition to the free URL, if you also want to be able to actually create your website documents and store your files, look at provider pages like Weebly.com, Wix.com and Webs.com. Make sure you understand how your free website displays on the Internet. Most no-cost addresses often come with the provider's subdomain at the end of the URL (for example, "http://www.yoursite.providerdomain.com").
Choose a provider and enter your desired address in a text field that is typically labeled "Pick a site address" or "Create a subdomain." Click a button like "Go" or "Create" to submit your entry and see if the URL is available. If it is not, providers typically list other similar names that can be used.
Follow the prompts to sign up for your free website URL or, if applicable, sign up for an account. Providers typically want your name, email address and a password.
Read any terms of service guidelines to see if you agree with the provider's conditions, such as not displaying pornographic material or refraining from spamming anyone using your new domain. Use the mechanism available, such as a drop-down menu or check box, to indicate your acceptance.
Follow the provider's specific instructions for implementing and using your free website URL.