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Web sites on the thinnest of shoestrings — Synthasite

As our readers know, Shoestring Venture is all about providing the most effective but low cost resources for building a home-based business — or even running a small business on a budget. We conducted exhaustive research on Web site development and hosting — and make some great recommendations — but for the very thinnest of shoestring budgets, there is now SynthaSite, which we’ve done a few test laps with.

It’s an excellent service, easy to use, and totally free. Best of all, “free” doesn’t come with ads or other brand dilution nonsense that other “free” services come with. Those of you who read this blog regularly know that the brand dilution aspects of many free sites is a bete noir of mine; these intrusive little distractions make emails, Web sites, and even social network profiles look cheap and unprofessional.

Synthasite offers:

  • Free hosting.
  • Unlimited storage space and bandwidth (read the fine print, though: there is a 15 MB limit on individual files — but you can upload as many files as you want).
  • Browser-based Web site builder and Web site design templates.
  • One free subdomain (in addition to the standard “www” subdomain).
  • Email support.

    Of course, Synthasite is only about doing the most basic site possible. You can put up a “brochure” site with images, Flash animations, and video (remember the 15 MB limit), add a blog (with comments), and even a store with PayPal as the only transaction processor. If you’re serious about blogging, adding a database, using a payment gateway, a wiki, or any other medium-powered Web tool, SynthaSite is not for you.

    And if that’s your gig, buy a copy of Shoestring Venture for an easy tutorial on how to buy hosting services.

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