Free Web Sites

If you don't already have a Web site where you want to store your albums, you might want to consider getting a free Web site from one of several outfits that will give you one in exchange for a certain degree of commercial intrusion, mainly for those who view your sites. The nature of this intrusion ranges from a relatively discreet banner at the top of each page to rather annoying popup-windows that show up every time a page is refreshed.

If you're not sure, try out one of these sites to see if you like any of them. You can always elect not to use one you've signed up for—after all, they are free.

For each site listed below, some information, such as the FTP server name, is built-into the Albumatic FTP Connection dialog. You'll need to supply your own login and password, which you usually get via email after you've registered. Then, to access the albums you upload you'll need the URL for the album. This varies with each hosting site, but you can use the examples below as models.

The information here applies only to Albumatic versions 1.07 or greater. If yours is too old, click here for a newer one.

Sites That Work Well with Albumatic

Angelfire
NBCi
ProHosting
theglobe.com
Tripod
WebJump
Yahoo! GeoCities

Angelfire

To register: angelfire.lycos.com

Albumatic sample: www.angelfire.com/co4/albumatic/Albums/NOAA_Album/index.htm

Banner or pop-up: Pop-up

When you create your site, you need to supply a directory name (e.g., co4/albumatic) that also serves as your FTP login name. It's also incorporated into the album URL, as in the example above. Note also that the URL must end with "index.htm".

NBCi

(NBCi includes what was formerly called Xoom. If you already have a Xoom site, it probably will continue to work.)

To register: wwwx.nbci.com/mywebsite

Albumatic sample: members.nbci.com/basepathsw/Albums/NOAA_Album

Banner or pop-up: Banner

ProHosting

To register: free.prohosting.com

Albumatic sample: blake.prohosting.com/rochkind/Albums/NOAA_Album

Banner or pop-up: Banner, but you can get rid of it for $24.95 a year

theglobe.com

To register: www.theglobe.com

Albumatic sample: members.theglobe.com/basepathsw/Albums/NOAA_Album/index.htm

Banner or pop-up: Banner

Note that the URL must end with "index.htm".

Tripod

To register: www.tripod.lycos.com

Albumatic sample: members.tripod.com/~mrochkind/Albums/NOAA_Album

Banner or pop-up: Pop-up

(Tripod used to prohibit subdirectories, but that's no longer the case.)

WebJump

To register: www.webjump.com

Albumatic sample: albumatic.webjump.com/Albums/NOAA_Album/index.htm

Banner or pop-up: Banner

Note that the URL must end with "index.htm".

Yahoo! GeoCities

To register: geocities.yahoo.com

Albumatic sample: www.geocities.com/mrochkind/Albums/NOAA_Album

Banner or pop-up: Pop-up, but it seems to go away by itself after a second or two.

Sites That Don't Work Well with Albumatic

These sites don't work well, if at all, mainly because of FTP difficulties. This is not to say that they aren't excellent sites for other reasons. They just aren't compatible with Albumatic.

Homestead

Appears to allow FTP, but we were unable to get it to work.

Personal Web Pages Light @att.net

Appears not to allow FTP.

MSN Home Pages

Appears not to allow FTP.

AOL Hometown

This is www.aol.com, which offers free home pages, not the AOL service for paying members. FTP is only for AOL members (even for the free pages), but there are too many restrictions on file types for Albumatic to work.