Free*,** site hosting for Kingston-area organizations

I’ve been meaning to get to this for a while, and with some job/lifestyle changes on the horizon, it’s time!

I think every non-profit and small business that makes a positive difference in the world should be on the web, as a matter of general principle. Whether it’s a food truck, support for dental care for the unhoused, somebody who wants to make and sell funky stickers… everyone should be findable on the Internet. Nothing makes me sadder than a business or org whose only web presence is Facebook. Facebook sucks.

So on a trial basis, I want to start offering free1“free as in beer”: I won’t charge and will never charge for this, and this isn’t some sneaky feature creep thing where I create something broken and then charge you to fix it. That said, this is going to be a very “flat” service — see below. site setup and hosting for small Kingston-area orgs that want a “set it and forget it” kind of site that will present them to the world.

These would be simple and very “flat” sites: think of them as online brochures, not full-on retail sites or complex bells-and-whistles implementations.

But if an org can’t afford a site developer and/or just wants to get online, this might be a good fit.2I reserve the right to decide what organizations I want to support: no Nazis, anti-choicers, anti-trans or TERFs, monotheism, etc. This isn’t up for debate; ‘no’ is ‘no’.

Examples:

What’s on offer

An HTML/CSS site based on one of the free templates at HTML5Up, or

A WordPress site install that uses one of the WordPress core themes produced by WordPress.org.

Setup, and some light training (if WordPress) using text and images you provide.

Email forwarding to your own email from the site.

A professional-looking and complete website, built from the text and images you provide!

What’s not being offered

Back-end access to my hosting or the site architecture. If you’re on WordPress, you’ll have user access that lets you do what you need to on the site, but not the “back end” of the system. If on HTML/CSS, changes will have to be made by me as we move along.

No forms, at least initially — this may change in the future, but for now, assume that the site will be informational only — people can get information from it but won’t be able to put information into it. Think of it like a brochure you pick up, not a two-way communication.

No email hosting. I will forward email to your Gmail/Outlook/whatever address, but I won’t set up / host mailboxes.

Interested? Fill out this form:

*Free as in beer: I will not charge and will never charge for this service. There will be no sneaky feature creep or “bonuses” offered for fees later on. The trade-off is that this is a very flat feature set.

**I reserve the right to decide what organizations I want to support: no Nazis, anti-choicers, anti-trans or TERFs, monotheism, etc. This isn’t up for debate; ‘no’ is ‘no’.

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    “free as in beer”: I won’t charge and will never charge for this, and this isn’t some sneaky feature creep thing where I create something broken and then charge you to fix it. That said, this is going to be a very “flat” service — see below.
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    I reserve the right to decide what organizations I want to support: no Nazis, anti-choicers, anti-trans or TERFs, monotheism, etc. This isn’t up for debate; ‘no’ is ‘no’.