FREE hosting and FREE domain!

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I haven’t actually written anything useful in a while, so I figured I’d write a post that some of you might find to be interesting. Did you know that you can make your own website with free hosting and free domain? And when I say free hosting, I don’t mean on your own server or on something like WordPress.com. And when I say free domain, I don’t mean just a subdomain of another domain. I mean you can get your own web host to install scripts such as WordPress and phpBB, and a free top-level domain (.cf, .ga, .ml, and .tk).

Free Hosting

I’ve gone through a lot of free hosing services, and many of them didn’t work. But I did stumble across one that did work, but it won’t be the best hosting in the world being free. Byethost allows you to install many different scripts such as WordPress, Joomla, and phpBB with a limit of 1 GB of storage, 50 GB bandwidth, 10,000 hits, and limited CPU. They even offer a free subdomain. As long as your site isn’t really large or uses a lot of CPU, you should be fine. But if you need more, they have packages starting at $3.99 per month.

Free Domain

Freenom offers four free domain extensions: .cf, .ga, .ml, and .tk. You can register as many free domains as you need for up to 1 year at a time with unlimited free renewals. If you want to register it for up to 10 years, have full rights to your domain (for example, sell it to someone else), or a 1-3 character name, it will cost at least $6.99 per year per domain.

Why hosting and a domain?

A lot of reasons, actually. WordPress.com doesn’t allow you to use JavaScript, CSS, or any other web codes other than basic HTML. You are also not allowed to put ads on your site without an extremely expensive VIP or Enterprise package. It also costs $13 if you want to add a domain you already own to your own site. Having your own domain also looks more professional and makes typing your address quicker and easier.

However, there are disadvantages to free hosting. You are limited in bandwidth and CPU, and you only get 1 GB of storage. It is also a lot easier to use wordpress.com than installing WordPress on your own host, plus many more disadvantages.

If all you want is to blog and not worry about all the complicated stuff like CSS, Javascipt, forums, advertisements, domains, etc., than stick with WordPress.com. But if you want something more than a simple blog or site, go with your own hosting and domain name.

If you have more questions, you can comment below, and I will probably either reply or make a new post about it. I may also do a video on free hosting and domains hopefully early November.

GOOD NEWS!

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The audio adapter I ordered worked! I can finally record video without crappy audio. I made a quick video to show you what my videos would look like. I hope you like it and don’t find it really boring. Subscribe if you like ;-) My gaming channel is youtube.com/ultrametro

The game I’m recording first is BlockWorld. I’m only playing the free version, so a lot of the features are locked. It’s a Windows 8.1/RT game available for $5.99 with additional in-game purchases.

Let me know what you think! Should I make more videos, or should I just stick with just blogging?

One last attempt for HQ audio

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This is the final purchase I make to provide high quality audio for the gaming videos I hope to make soon. I ordered a USB audio adapter for my laptop. I’m certain that the problem is just the fact that my headset (which is plugged into a headset splitter) is plugged into one headset jack, so my laptop thinks my headset is just plain headphones. I’m hoping the audio adapter will make my laptop understand that there is a microphone port plugged in. It should arrive sometime before Halloween.

Speaking of Halloween, I might make my first game some kind of Halloween themed game. I’m not sure what it will be yet, I’ll have to look. Suggestions are welcome, just make sure the game can run on low end laptops. And when I say low end, I mean maximum of 2GB RAM and Intel Celeron/Pentium dual core 2.13 GHz.

Also, the Bluetooth headset did work on my laptop, but the audio admittedly was pretty bad. While I probably won’t use it for making videos, I can’t say the money was wasted. The headset feels pretty useful when paired with my phone. I can give commands to my phone using the headset without having to touch my phone. This would be especially useful when driving, although I don’t know the legality of texting with your voice while driving.

Gaming Videos Postponed

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I won’t be doing videos right now since my headset doesn’t work. I don’t know whether it’s my headset’s fault or the splitter’s fault, but I don’t think it’s my laptop’s fault because the headset works on my phone but had difficulties. It makes some kind of crackly noise that sounds a lot like wind is hitting the microphone.

I did order a cheap Bluetooth headset to see if it works on my laptop. If not, at least it will work on my phone. I should post an audio recording to show you just how bad the microphone is on my laptop.

I really hope it doesn’t come to having to record my voice on my phone separately from the video of the games I play on my laptop. I may just decide not to do videos with voice at all. We’ll just have to wait and see.

My headset should arrive by October 16. Maybe I can make videos shortly after. I hope it works, or I may have to stick with voiceless or crappy sounding videos.

Survivalcraft demo video

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I made a short test video of Survivalcraft. I didn’t buy the game, I’m just playing the demo for now. Also, there is no audio in this video, and I used the Windows Phone Screen Projector to display the phone’s screen on my laptop.

Good News & Bad News

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My headset, mouse, headset splitters, and Windows Phone have all arrived! I have both good new and bad news.

The headset I ordered feels comfortable and the sound is clear but quiet. Unfortunately, the microphone does not work on my laptop, but it works great on my phone. I just don’t have any idea why. What I will probably have to do is record my voice with my phone and insert it into any gaming videos I do. I’ll figure out how to do this.

The mouse I ordered is also great. I haven’t had any problems with it.

The Nokia Lumia 520 I ordered for $49 is awesome! It’s pretty fast, has enough storage, a good screen size and colors, and feels great in my opinion. I really love how it has a built in FM radio, which only works if you plug in earphones which the phone uses and an antenna for the radio.

What’s really cool is I can project the screen of my Windows Phone onto my laptop, so I can record Survivalcraft videos. The only problem is that the phone screen won’t cover the whole video, instead you’ll see a picture of a windows phone running a video of Survivalcraft. This is especially a problem on phones with small screens, where you may just barely see the game.

I’m not sure when I’ll start making gaming videos. Hopefully it will be soon. I’m mainly playing games that run on the Metro side of Windows 8, but I will probably play other light weight games too. I’ll let you know more later.