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Finding a free Web site host

QI'm not particularly computer savvy, but I'm a fast learner. I would like to set up a Web site for my bird club. So, I'm looking for a free hosting provider. Do you have any suggestions?
—Ilana in Auburn, CA, listening on KTSE 650 AM

AYou don't need to be computer savvy to create a Web site. You'll find plenty of tools online.

Hosting your Web site can be a problem, though. Most hosting companies charge a monthly fee. Sometimes you'll get your domain name for free. But you usually have to pay for it, too.

How-to ThursdayThere are a number of free Web-hosting services. However, most put ads on your site. Or, they could display annoying pop-ups to visitors.

One exception is Microsoft Office Live Basics. You'll get free hosting and a free domain name the first year. Thereafter, you must pay $15 annually for your domain name. You don't have to worry about annoying pop-ups or ads.

You also get access to free site-design tools. These tools will make setting up your site easy. Articles and tips can provide additional help if you get stuck.

How will you use your site? Maybe you just want to provide general information about your club. In that case, a regular Web site is perfect for you. You won't need to update it much.

But maybe you plan on promoting upcoming meetings or bird-watching trips. Or, you may want to upload photos of recently spotted birds. If so, you'll be updating your site frequently. That can be a hassle, even for experienced users.

There's an easy solution—start a blog. Blogs are designed to make updates easy. Once established, you update the blog by entering content in a form. Then you click a button to publish it to the Web.

Blogger, WordPress and LiveJournal are popular blogging services. The software is free, as is hosting. You'll learn more about these cool freebies on my site:

Bird-watching is a lot of fun. They really are amazing creatures. Want to improve your bird-watching experience? Then visit my site! Believe it or not, bird-watching and technology do mix:

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Every day, Team Komando produces some of the best content you'll find anywhere on the Internet. Here is a sampling of what's new on our site today!

Video of the Day: Wild animals behave very differently from pets. They can often be dangerous. But sometimes their gentility can surprise you.

Cool Site of the Day: The holidays are nearly upon us. So, you may be planning a party. Why not try Web invitations? They're really easy!

Digital Minute, on your radio: The Internet is seething with anger. And the reason for all this anger may be more obvious than you think.

Free Download of the Day: Firefox is a great browser. It offers more safety than Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Now, you can take it with you.

Tip on the site: Boy, there's nothing like that new-computer smell, is there? But before you take that screaming machine online, protect it.

Tomorrow's Tip, in your e-mail: Everything on my screen is stretched!

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