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RichieRich Hello I am trying to find a free or very low cost web host that is willing and able to host my eBook. I can find free unlimited bandwidth hosts, but they impose a file size limit and as most eBooks are over 400mb, I can not upload them

please advise

thanks


Posted on: 10:30 pm on April 18, 2002
EBookCompiler The main cost of running a web host is bandwidth (the amount of information transfered to and from your site)

Most free web hosts pay for their service by showing banners or other adverts on your web pages, i.e. a person sees one web page they see 1 or more ads.  Usually this can, just about, cover their costs (free hosting is an incredibly tough business to succeed in).  It is even possible to offer "unlmited bandwidth" (usually with some limits) if they can ensure people are actually viewing enough ads to cover the cost of serving all these HTML pages.

Now the reason you will find that most free hosts do not allow large files or large downloads is because they don't result in ad displays, so are a money losing proposition for them.

If you must have free, I would say your best bet is probably to check out very large ISPs which give free web space.  Some of the big ones have so much bandwidth that they simply don't care about downloads (although there may be limits)

I think you will probably have a tough time finding a free host for a site that allows large downloads.  I am not saying there are none, but it's going to be hard to find one

Paid for web hosts work on a different model.  Your monthly fee pays for the bandwidth (up to some limit), and they don't have to worry about showing ads.   Most paid hosts will allow downloadable files (except maybe very cheap ones).

I don't have any direct personal experience of sub $5 per month hosting, but there are some, and there are quite a few good ones in the $5 to $20 per month range.  Checkwww.webhostingpicks.com


Posted on: 3:41 am on April 19, 2002
EbookHeaven 400 megs? That is the biggest ebook I have ever heard of. Are you sure you didn't mean 400Kb?

You could try my host if you want. It's not free, but after setup there are no more fees ever, and it gives you professional web abilities such as cgi and password protected directories etc.

http://www.nomonthly.co.uk


Posted on: 12:44 pm on April 20, 2002

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