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nt(FTP/SFTP) DataFreeway is an innovative network, plug-in based freeware GUI client supporting multiple transfer protocols. Its user interface provides a simple, protocol-independent way to transfer data. Standard techniques like drag-and-drop and copy-and-paste let users transfer files between servers running different transfer protocols, as well as enabling users to download/upload files to/from a local machine. Created by LuckaSoft Software, this is a freeware download.
nt(FTP/SFTP) FileZilla is a free FTP solution and a must for any serious web master or web administrator. Provided by the FileZilla Project, it is the go-to FTP tool for both client and server implementations. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The server download is only available for Windows OS, but the client download is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, and in addition, the source code and checksums are also provided.
ntGoogle Sites is the free, web-based site-building tool and is a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) application available for creating and sharing web pages. It allows you to make your own pages, collect your own content, and control who can edit and view your site. Access Google Sites from http://sites.google.com/ and you can be well on your way to starting out with your own site in just minutes.
ntGoogle Sites provides 100MB of storage space for the basic configuration; however, if you have a Google Apps account, the storage is increased to 10GB for every Google Apps domain, and for domains using Google Apps Premier and Education Editions, these also receive an additional 500MB of storage space per user. A basic Google Apps account is free; therefore, it might make sense for organizations such as a non-profits. The limit is 50 user accounts.
ntTopCities is another web-based WYSIWYG editor. This tool has been around since 1998 and features a built-in library of flash, banners, icons, bullets, and buttons, along with a blog capability. TopCities also has FTP access for adding your own files, including images, and offers a photo album option. The free 30-day plan offers 500MB monthly bandwidth allowance, 300MB disk storage, runs on the Linux OS, uses the web-based control panel, and support for PHP 5, MySQL 5 Server, rich media content, and datacenter support. The only associated cost with the basic package is an $11.00 domain name registration.
ntThe TopCities Premium Plan, for $7.00 per month increases the monthly bandwidth to unlimited, and the disk storage to 50,000MB (48.8GB), along with one free domain registration, everything from the basic plan and more, including unlimited email addresses and aliases. Review the TopCities package options at http://www.topcities.com/upgrade-packages.html.
ntVery similar in offerings with that of BlueHost, the web hosting provider HostMonster features unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth, hosting for unlimited domains, unlimited email accounts, domain name included, site builder, control panels, WordPress, and image gallery features. It’s $4.50 per month for the starter package, or you can upgrade to the Pro Package for $19.95 per month. Other options and add-ons can increase your monthly cost, but for a starter hosting provider at the basic level of $54.00 for the annual fee, this is a bargain deal.