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Found this site today, hope no one else has posted it but looks great. It's sponsored by Google / BT / e-skills uk and enterprise uk. This is a £10-20 saving on the usual cost of a .co.uk domain name + 2 years of web hosting costs + hiring a website designer, etc. Should be a blazing hot deal :-)

Enjoy and when you made your millions, remember me & HUKD :-D

http://www.gbbo.co.uk
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#1
When I say £10-20 for the domain name cost:

123-reg.co.uk charge: 2 years - [£5.98 + (£2.50 a year)*2 {nominet fees} ] * 1.175 (vat) = £12.90 ish :-|
#2
WOW. That is hot
#3
awesome my website used to be http://www.demolitionpictures.co.nr now its .co.uk
hot!
#4
Nice deal, but you only have to look at the selection of "Success Stories" to realise how horrendous the free websites are. It's like a website gallery from 1995 :(
#5
This has been listed on here many times already. Its ok for real basic startup websites just to get a web presence.

Steve
#6
This is a darn good deal! Free websites need not be ugly and unusable at all - I'm a web designer and ONLY use free hosting (Blogger, via Google), usually just pay for domain names, and you really wouldn't think my sites are "free" ;]
#7
"I'm a web designer and ONLY use free hosting"

You don't do it full-time for a living, surely?
#8
I like this. In fact I've been using it for the last 6 months. Ok. You don't get a nice flashy website, but for those of us just starting out into web presence, it's a cracking deal and easy to follow. I'd also seriously recommend reading http://www.steegle.com/websites/google-sites-howtos/seo-guide before starting on designing your site.
My business is top in the search criteria which best fits it, and it's rewarded my handsomely. (In the sector I'm in, big bucks companies' sites are not much better than mine using this!)
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normal
I like this. In fact I've been using it for the last 6 months. Ok. You don't get a nice flashy website, but for those of us just starting out into web presence, it's a cracking deal and easy to follow. I'd also seriously recommend reading http://www.steegle.com/websites/google-sites-howtos/seo-guide before starting on designing your site.
My business is top in the search criteria which best fits it, and it's rewarded my handsomely. (In the sector I'm in, big bucks companies' sites are not much better than mine using this!)


Let's see it then :)
#10
The Ts & Cs make iit clear this is for BUSINESS USE OLNY, not for personal users

The key service offered through the GBBO Site is the ability for you, if you are a business to:
#11
pete_l
The Ts & Cs make iit clear this is for BUSINESS USE OLNY, not for personal users

The key service offered through the GBBO Site is the ability for you, if you are a business to:


Hence: "Get your business online for free!" in the title :P
#12
thanks OP!
i needed a site as my .tk ran out

scant get rid of the links at the bottom tho :(

Edited By: nebno6 on Nov 28, 2010 13:36: lolz
#13
You might find that, if you want to leave their hosting you wont be able to use the domain you got with them as they will continue to renew it even if your using it or not.
#14
Dechilo
When I say £10-20 for the domain name cost:

123-reg.co.uk charge: 2 years - [£5.98 + (£2.50 a year)*2 {nominet fees} ] * 1.175 (vat) = £12.90 ish :-|

Ditto 1 and 1 who charge about the same ;)
#15
OK, this is not free, but the basic package for hosting is £17.00 (+VAT) at Vidahost, a UK based company. You get a free .co.uk name too

PM me if you want a direct link
#16
zildjian
You might find that, if you want to leave their hosting you wont be able to use the domain you got with them as they will continue to renew it even if your using it or not.


Usually they should let you transfer out the domain for a fee (often around £10 + renewal). You can then move it to an independent host. If you get stuck, make sure the domain is registered to your company and then use Nominet (for .uk sites) and they will force transfer for about £13+VAT.
#17
Hi
I'm noy quite sure what this is? Getting a little confused 8)
DD has designed herself a website on dreamweaver on her laptop, and was thinking of trying to host it anyway. She wants to do this completely independently, (although her pocket money fund won't stretch very far) and If I've got the right end of the stick on this one,
Will she able to host it for free for 2 years?
Any advice on any of this, would be greatly appreciated, DD has a little of an idea but I'm completely clueless....
Thanks xx

Edited By: rihanna08 on Nov 28, 2010 16:44
#18
Ever heard of theres no such thing as a free lunch?

Read the T&Cs before signing up. You may become trapped by BT down the road.
#19
I really sorry but if you have a business and are too tight to fork out less than £20 per YEAR for hosting & a domain name, let alone a proper website, then perhaps you should just pack it up and get a job :)
#20
For those wanting to start a basic business site this is good. However, you can not just use the domain name and use it with other free hosting (as someone suggested earlier) at least for first 60 days - In terms & conditions it says You cant request to use the domain name to redirect to other hosting provider for first 60 days and afterwards, you have to call BT for this (from what I understand it means no control over your domain name to change name servers).
#21
Who owns the domain name? If your business outgrows their services do you then have to buy "your" domain from them?

I'd just buy the domain name and hosting services myself and stay in control.

But still a great deal for a speedy simple startup - heat from me
#22
If you sign up to this deal make sure you own the domain as if get well know company may want you to buy your domain for big bucks.


I use LCN for my domains only £6 for 2 years for a co.uk
#23
It's the first site I've seen that requires you to have a mobile phone for registration.
banned#24
coco2007
Nice deal, but you only have to look at the selection of "Success Stories" to realise how horrendous the free websites are. It's like a website gallery from 1995 :(


yes you're right, if you also check the state of the code, and the number of 'validation' errors on a site with just one paragraph of text not too good:
http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.otservicesireland.co.uk%2Fhome
#25
coco2007
I really sorry but if you have a business and are too tight to fork out less than £20 per YEAR for hosting & a domain name, let alone a proper website, then perhaps you should just pack it up and get a job :)

I totally agree.
#26
I tried registering for one I keep getting the error message 'Sorry, there's a problem. Please correct the boxes marked in red. '
Nothing marked in red though :/
#27
Thanks for this. Got one up and running for my partners business. Very useful. Heat added.
#28
rihanna08
Hi
I'm noy quite sure what this is? Getting a little confused 8)
DD has designed herself a website on dreamweaver on her laptop, and was thinking of trying to host it anyway. She wants to do this completely independently, (although her pocket money fund won't stretch very far) and If I've got the right end of the stick on this one,
Will she able to host it for free for 2 years?
Any advice on any of this, would be greatly appreciated, DD has a little of an idea but I'm completely clueless....
Thanks xx


Have a look at Zymic or x10 hosting for a free hosting solution. Don't expect reliability though ^^ You will recieve a free domain name when you sign up to ethier but it will be something like zymichost.com or x10.bz if you want a more widely used domain such as .com or .co.uk you will need to purchase it. You site won't be hosted with the people you buy the domain with unless its some kind of bundle.


Edited By: thomas01155 on Nov 28, 2010 22:59
#29
I am not sure if that Namesco .info domain for £1 a year is still open(search here on this site), if it is, register a domain there, and use a free web hosting along with it (Some of them do provide reasonably good templates, OK for personal sites). Some free hosting providers are quite reliable (almost 99% uptime).
#30
rihanna08
Hi
I'm noy quite sure what this is? Getting a little confused 8)
DD has designed herself a website on dreamweaver on her laptop, and was thinking of trying to host it anyway. She wants to do this completely independently, (although her pocket money fund won't stretch very far) and If I've got the right end of the stick on this one,
Will she able to host it for free for 2 years?
Any advice on any of this, would be greatly appreciated, DD has a little of an idea but I'm completely clueless....
Thanks xx

This deal is only for businesses - not for private / personal users. if you have a company (or your DD has one) then that's who this offer is aimed at. if she does not have a company, she can't sign up without contravening the terms of the agreement.
#31
BTW, if you need to edit the domain setting go to:
gbbo.myportalexpress.com

Strangely I wasn't provided with a username and password, so I clicked the forgotten password link and it emailed me my account details.

(this hopefully means that you do not have to use google web. :D
#32
Oh, if you want to request for the nameservers to be changed, you need to head here:
https://gbbo.myportalexpress.com/Domains/Custom/gbbo.aspx

Hope this helps anyone who
#33
AVOID!! Nothing but a pain in the ass! The domain admin page is a joke. The email addresses they supply for support are wrong - emails get bounced back.

You will get ZERO support.

The so called webhosting is TERRIBLE! Where are you gonna upload your custom website or media content?

Domain names are dirt cheap and if you need hosting, anywhere would be better than this.

Do yourself a favour and avoid this like the plague...
#34
As a professional web designer and graphic designer myself, I have to say the person saying he only uses free hosting... I'm sorry but you really must be in a world of your own. If you're using free hosting and run a business website on that... good luck. You get what you pay for, you'll find that your server is probably down if you get more than 10 visitors.... it is unpredictable and you cant run a fully designed website for free. It's impossible. I've tried it, and so have many others i've worked with in the past.

I suggest businesses try using customised design made specially for their own needs and audience and what they are trying to sell. Using templates is not good if you want your business to stand out and look professional yet also innovative, modern and fresh in this age of fast-paced technology.
#35
Dechilo
When I say £10-20 for the domain name cost:

123-reg.co.uk charge: 2 years - [£5.98 + (£2.50 a year)*2 {nominet fees} ] * 1.175 (vat) = £12.90 ish :-|


123reg charge £7.03 for 2 years all in. Plus 9.5% quidco (I think, may be 8.5%).

Personally I think if you arent willing to invest £7 for a domain name and £20 or so per year for hosting on a BUSINESS website, there is little to no point in having a website.
#36
For those wanting to start a basic business site this is good. However, you can not just use the domain name and use it with other free hosting (as someone suggested earlier) at least for first 60 days - In terms & conditions it says You cant request to use the domain name to redirect to other hosting provider for first 60 days and afterwards, you have to call BT for this (from what I understand it means no control over your domain name to change name servers).

registered my domain yesterday and just pointed it to another server only 12 hours after registration ;) you need to use contact form via your account
#37
worth mentioning this from the long t&c
If after two years you wish to continue to have your domain name, you will have to pay BT (or their nominee). To facilitate this renewal process, BT (or its nominee) will send the administrative contact recorded for your domain name links enabling that contact to renew the domain name registration for a further two (2) years at the retail price offered by BT at the time.


Edited By: bargain-nut on Dec 01, 2010 20:15
#38
yey i just signed up so i can post all my pictures with free hosting to share with family 2 years free excdellent :)
#39
Non sense, For the last 10 years I hosted over 30 high traffic sites from my shed with 20mbit(well actually 2 mbit upstream) with no problems and used many free hosting sites, as long as your scripts and visitors don't require mammoth bandwidth I see no problem. If youa re talking about commercial sites requiring high demand well that is a different matter




aularegis
As a professional web designer and graphic designer myself, I have to say the person saying he only uses free hosting... I'm sorry but you really must be in a world of your own. If you're using free hosting and run a business website on that... good luck. You get what you pay for, you'll find that your server is probably down if you get more than 10 visitors.... it is unpredictable and you cant run a fully designed website for free. It's impossible. I've tried it, and so have many others i've worked with in the past.

I suggest businesses try using customised design made specially for their own needs and audience and what they are trying to sell. Using templates is not good if you want your business to stand out and look professional yet also innovative, modern and fresh in this age of fast-paced technology.
#40
I have read through the site regarding this, I say steer clear from this, it's just another cheap trick to capture you into paying out loads later on when you need your site to grow... just like the rest of them, my advice... leave alone and look else where.

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