April 8, 2003
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You're not ready
yet to shell out $100 bucks a year for a web hosting service, so you want to stick with a
free website. However, you dislike the long
and messy URL addresses that usually are associated with them, and you'd rather use your
very own domain name. Fortunately there is a
solution, and it is called URL forwarding.
We recommend that you register your domain with
reputable registrar that also offers you free domain forwarding . Once
you've found and selected a registrar and have registered your domain name with them, log
into your account, go to the domain management or account management section, and look for
the URL Forwarding or Domain Forwarding option.
Usually, your domain name will appear next to a text box where you will type in the
physical location of your website. Let's say
you're using Geocities and your website is at a directory called "mysite". You will then have to type: "www.geocities.com/mysite" in the
textbox. Once you've done it, save your
Within a few hours, type your domain name in the address bar of your web browser, and you
will instantly be transported to your website. This
way, your visitors won't need to remember a long and messy web address, and will have
quick and easy access to your free hosted website by just typing your domain name in the
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