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Re: COMP: Web Site Hosts

Thanks Sharon

I'm one of the others that has learnt a lot

Colleen Modra

-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon McAllister <73372.1745@compuserve.com>
To: INTERNET:iris-talk@egroups.com <iris-talk@egroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, 8 August 2000 8:16
Subject: [iris-talk] COMP: Web Site Hosts

>Message text written by Linda Mann:
>Thanks Sharon!
>Only now I'm really curious as to why you've not moved all your stuff to
>1.      Consistency.  My GeoCities site has been up for several years.
>It's been linked from other iris pages and bookmarked by frequent visitors
>so I don't want to pull a disappearing act.  The GeoCities/Yahoo service
>agreement prohibits using their space as merely a gateway to another ISP --
>which didn't seem like a problem when I set up my site because I didn't
>have anything else to link to -- but if I were to move the content now I
>couldn't simply rework the home page to send incoming traffic to the new
>site.  To conform to their rules I'd have to leave the GeoCities site
>intact and add some discreet links to additional material on the new site.
>Of course I could structure the new site so that, once there, the visitor
>would encounter only links to the new version.   Inconvenient for me, and a
>considerable amount of work with no reduction in expenses, but certainly
>2.      Protocol.  Anytime you move an existing web to a new ISP you'd
>better make sure that its protocol is compatible with that of its
>predecessor.  Geocities/Yahoo was my first site and I built it using their
>tools, following their protocol, and emulating other sites whose features I
>liked.  This included the use of mixed-case file names, which I found much
>easier to read than run-on names and easier to key than those using "_" as
>a separator.  NOW, I know better and stick to lower case file names on my
>newer sites.  But my iris site has grown to 792 files and 4,975 links --
>and I don't want to even THINK about the work that would be involved in
>renaming that many files and resetting all those links!  It's much easier
>to just roll with the punches that Geocities/Yahoo throws from time to
>I believe that the original question was regarding FREE space available for
>setting up new web sites.  For that purpose, from personal experience, I
>recommend FreePages over GeoCities/Yahoo.  I'm sure there are other viable
>options and certainly encourage anyone who wants to set up a new site to
>explore them.  But when you're surfin', and learning what's available out
>there, I hope you'll remember that my GeoCities/Yahoo site is NOT the free
>Finally, it is my practice to answer questions that come through the list
>on-list but to answer those that come off-list in private -- and Linda & I
>have certainly carried on our share of off-list correspondence.  At this
>point, though, I think we've strayed far enough from the topic of iris that
>I'd like to ask anyone who has further questions to write me off-list
>rather than subject all of our subscribers to a discussion of such limited
>Sharon McAllister

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