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CRUISER FRIENDLY WEBSITE CREATION AND HOSTING
The two year deal I got worked out to $6.95/month and you get your own domain, email, space, and all the stuff, but you have to pay all in advance to get the low pricing and free domain registration. I couldn''t find anything better, and I wanted my own web site, not a page on someone elses. So, that is why I went this route. I didn''t want to have to deal with the red tape that is associated with some of these other "free" hosting services, like yahoo.
Plus, having my own host, I get to do other things, like email forwarding, cgi scripts, etc., etc. and a whole bunch of other internet type stuff. I have more options and control. However, it also means things can get more complicated.
If you just want to keep it simple I know that someplaces, like AOL and Earthlink will let you have space if you are a member of those services. Perhaps a search for "web hosting" for "free web hosting" will turn up more options for you.
Also, I met a guy who uses Geocities and is wireless (WiFi) only. He picks his anchorages based on whether there is a house or business near by where he can get an non-encripted router signal. Then he connects and updates from the boat. There are ethical issues with doing this with out permission, of course, so it would be up to your own conscience, but there are many places depending on your cruising area where you can find open routers along the water or in towns along your route - I neither condone or condemn this practice, of course, it is up to you. I also, neither amit or deny that I have ever done this myself.
What ever you do, be sure to post your site address here, so we can follow along. Have a great trip!