Static hosting: life after death narod.ru

        One fine day, I discovered that narod.ru, our everything in the field of runet history and an inexhaustible storehouse of vyrviglaznyh sites, sold out! Ucoz bought it. Small trouble, I thought, after re-registering all my old sites under ucoz and forgetting about the problem for a while. But recently having learned about the existence of an abundance of static site generators, I decided to make another site about nothing. What was my surprise when it turned out that Ucoz.ru no longer supports downloading html files, dooming you to use its site builder beyond your will.

        Of course, you can buy hosting for a couple of dollars a month, you can find free hosting with perl, php and mysql. You can even keep up with the achievements of the times and take advantage of the heroku or google app engine, having also received support for advanced programming languages. But all this is not that. No soul. How can lamp downloads of FTP updates compare to soulless posting with the click of a button in Wordpress? Can not. That's why let's see where and how today you can make a static site.


    A little argument


        Static sites are still in demand. Yes, after a significant part of small and ultra-small business has moved into contact, the need for such sites has subsided. But from the point of view of promotion, any site is still preferable than a group on VKontakte (in any case, I want to believe in it). After all, what does the client need? Information about the company, price, examples of work performed, list of products, delivery conditions and contacts to clarify details. All. This will be enough for an atelier, a small wholesale base, a host, a city library, cargo transportation, a real estate agency, a photographer, hot lunch delivery, etc. Here, free hosting and statics fit perfectly, without creating unnecessary costs for hosting, domain and personnel. Moreover, patching security holes in the code of open engines,

        A separate class is original local history sites where someone either uploads photos of his native village and family archives, or keeps a diary of how he grows apricots in the Far North. This is partly much favored by the fact that the average person begins to learn web design with books that are in the store, which poorly understands how quickly everything becomes obsolete in this industry. So in the outback on some tutorial HTML 2007 release will learn in 2020. From the point of view of safety - free hosting is also a good option. Not every hosting is of course, but abandoned sites on a paid hosting older than 3 years are very difficult to find. Guess why.

        This is actually a big problem - information is lost over time. For all its shortcomings, narod.ru is what made it possible to create your site so that it stood for 10 years without supervision - this is its main value. People’s sites are still the place where you can find rare photos, documents, diaries, old versions of programs, etc. A lot of information on almost any topic - just add inurl: narod.ru to the google request.

        No, but really, if you know / know something, then where do you share it? Let's say you can catch hedgehogsand you don’t know anything else, where can you put it? On the contact page, where no one will find it? To a group of hedgehog lovers of the same contact, which is likely to disappear in vain in a couple of years? Maybe you’ll go to the Blackberry Forum, where the moderator will even condemn you for cruelty to animals? The example is exaggerated, but the average person in general will learn little valuable in his life, which he could share with the others for the benefit of the rest. It’s definitely not enough for a whole blog. But on a one-page site with competently affixed keywords - completely. In addition, if you are so concerned about the importance of your message to humanity, then mirroring static sites is not an example simpler than dynamic.


    Where to host?


        Only hosters that DO NOT support the execution of any scripts on the backend will be listed in this list. Because, firstly, the post is not about that, and secondly, you can google them in 5 minutes if you wish, and thirdly, I haven’t seen a stable free hosting with PHP that wouldn’t fall off several times a week thanks to yunny talents, who are trying to deploy everything there - from irc-bots to bruteforcers of passwords. The resources of the hoster for such servers are issued according to the residual principle, so it should not be surprising that sometimes even static will not be given.

        If you know other hosting providers that provide purely static hosting without scripts, then I’ll add them with pleasure.


    free.1gb.ru


    • Free domain in ru. Yes, the second level domain. But there is a caveat:

        One project is randomly registered following the results of applications of one hour. You will receive a notification about the results of your registration. Among those who have not passed the hourly quota, socially significant projects based on the results of the day are recorded as part of the additional quota based on the descriptions provided.

    • no ads
    • 1 Gb of space
    • 3 mailboxes, POP3 / SMTP


    free.1gb.ua


    • Free domain at cc.ua, ltd.ua, inf.ua
    • no ads
    • 1 Gb Free Hosting
    • 3 mailboxes, POP3 / SMTP


    neocities.org


    • Free domain at neocities.org
    • no ads
    • 50 MB of space and 50 GB of monthly traffic


    parse.com


    • Free domain at parseapp.com
    • 20 Gb of space + 20 GB in the database, no more than 30 requests per second, 2 Tb traffic
    • own CLI for deployment
    • Js database with access control list (ACL)
    • The ability to perform predefined functions on the server (sending mail, etc.)


    divshot.com


    • Free domain at divshot.io
    • no ads
    • 100 MB of space and 1 GB of monthly traffic
    • deployment using nodejs-based CLI tools


    www.bitballoon.com


    • Free domain at bitballoon.com
    • support for filling out forms - all submitted forms are saved in the service database, no code on the backend is needed
    • API for the site - for example, once a day, you can request all the data from the completed forms to create a report
    • Ruby and JS API client, but no FTP support
    • traffic and volume restrictions not specified


    getforge.com


    • Free domain at getforge.io
    • no ads
    • 5 GB of traffic per month, how much space is not clear
    • Dropbox sync


    paperplane.io


        Registration only via twitter / facebook / github. Requires Dropbox binding. Restrictions on the place and traffic seem to be there.


    qsl.net


        Static hosting for amateur radio sites. There are no restrictions on the size of the site. But you still won’t get so many scanned datasheets.


    pages.github.com


    • Free domain at github.io
    • no ads
    • 1 GB of space, file limit - 100 MB

        There is also hosting from bitbucket . Too programmer-specific solutions.


    Interactivity issue


        If you do not have a backend, then you are limited in the way you receive information from site visitors. And you have several ways around this limitation:

    • Creating a form in google docs and integrating a link to it in the site code.
    • Using typeform service for forms.
    • Using Disqus for comments.
    • Use of free community forums .


    Conclusion


        It's 2015, and static sites can still be beneficial and you can even make money on them. There are a huge number of static site generators - in many respects this is the merit of github pages, but even when the hype fades, all programs remain. And who knows, maybe by that time some long-lived free hosting provider will appear again, the site on which will live longer than your cat, to which this site was dedicated.


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