In the current age, there are many ways to create your own website for free. And most of them are web-based and basically using like a blog, since that is the most easy way for people do not have any programming background. So what you need to do is to create your site or blog in one of the website. Then register your domain. At the end is simply link this two together. In this post, I am going to show the steps how to achieve these by some popular blog hosting websites such as WordPress, Google blogger, Google site, squarespace and Typepad. But the last two is not free, they only purvey a trial version for about 14 days.
The first one I want to talk about is the one I am using – WordPress. It provides free blog hosting service. What you need to do is to sign up an account. Then you will have a xxx.wordpress.com for your blog. If you want to have your own domain, WordPress provides $5 USD for registration your domain name and 10 dollar for mapping it together then done! They also provides custom CSS and other features, but that would cost you extra dollars.
Google site and Google blogger is similar to WordPress. They are totally free, albeit they would not provide as much features as WordPress do and has more ads.
TypePad and Spacesquare provides more custom UI(User Interface) design, you can drag and drop items to custom your blog/site’s layout. Meanwhile, they purvey a trial version and would likely charge more.
To sum up, these are some of the most popular choices to make your own site. They are suitable for different requirements. Choices are yours, make your choice.
Recently I have joined a IPhone Application development meet-up, which holds every two weeks on Sunday at UTS. If you have interest on it please no hesitate to contact me.
After I joined the meet-up, I start trying to build an IPhone app. As we know, IPhone apps are builded by using object c, which I am not that familiar with. Then I start searching internet, and found this awesome open source mobile framework – “Rhodes” – to build native mobile apps, which compatible for any smartphone. Rhodes 1.4 features built-in tools for test-driven development, and it allows developers to write executable specifications that test applications, said Blum.
On June 8th, 2010, Adam Blum (Rhomobile) present the topic “BUILDING NATIVE MOBILE APPS WITH RHODES”. He said “Rhodes is the only Ruby-based smartphone app framework for rapidly building native applications for all leading smartphones (iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian). During this session, attendees will learn how developers can leverage their web development skills to build cross-platform native applications that take full advantage of the device’s capabilities (contacts, camera, GPS) and eliminate the need to develop specific applications for each mobile OS.”
Ruby is a modern and productive language that enables Web developers to leverage their skills to write applications in a modern Model-View-Controller architecture, Blum said. “They don’t need to use a 30-year-old language like Objective C,” he added. Moreover, The framework constructs true native applications (not just web apps) and can maintain locally-stored data as well as use GPS, PIM functions, the camera and other specific features of the target hardware it runs on. (Worthington 2010)