Although you may not know it, I created the Half-Hog Network to help and support writers (and editors) who are struggling with freelancing. For over 3 years, I've had this open offer posted on the old forum, so I'm reposting it here. Only two people have ever taken me up on it.
So here's the offer: if you want your own site, you can host it on my space at no charge.
HHN runs on a GoDaddy VPS based in the Netherlands. A VPS is the half-way stage between shared hosting (which is horribly slow and sucks) and dedicated hosting (which is phenomenally expensive) - it's a shared server, but with fewer people on it. It's fast, easy and reliable, has no limits on domain names, costs about $50 a month, runs its own mail server and databases and all that stuff.
You you'll have to buy your own domain name and pay for it each year at renewal. You can usually find an offer to get the first year's registration for $1 on Namecheap or GoDaddy. I don't care where you register: it makes no difference to the site setup on my end.
- You won't have cPanel access but I can set up WordPress (or a whole TON of other freebie apps like Coppermine, BuddyPress, phpBB or whatever) and give you the admin password (which you can then change).I will check in occasionally (as a visitor) to make sure you're not running a child slavery ring, promoting the sale of automatic weapons to lemmings or anything else illegal.
- YOU are responsible for your content and site maintenance (though I can often help with tech stuff)
- If you get me banned from my provider I'll be very upset (and will name and berate you publicly, loudly and for a long time, and maybe even pursue you legally).
- Obviously any root access or FTP stuff would have to go through me, though you shouldn't need it with WP and most apps.
- You'd be responsible for your own backups.
You would NOT be tied in to me or HHN in any way by using this offer (apart from the obvious practicalities). You can switch to another host at any time if you want to, drop your blog, sell your domain or whatever you want. It's purely an offer of a free try at running your own site with no other obligations or responsibilities involved.
This offer is open to anyone who's a member of the Half-Hog Forum (obligatory so I can contact you). If you become uncontactable at any time - no response to emails, no response to PMs for a few weeks - then I will shut your site down without a second thought.
This way you can try your hand at a maximum cost of a dollar or two (for the domain name for a year, through any major provider - I'll tell you where to point your nameservers). Unlimited space (within reason), unlimited bandwidth (within reason), unlimited databases, etc.
Just pop me a PM if you'd like to jump in.