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Old 05-16-2006, 11:50 AM   #1
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Units Without Web Sites

For units that don't have web page there is some good news. You can now quickly and very easily create a web site and publish information about your unit to the web. You need no special skills to do this and the results will look good. You can save up to 100 MB of information which will be more than enough for most units to get itself up to the 20th century.

The service is provided by Google at http://pages.google.com/. I spent 20 minutes and created a quick example of a web site with one link. http://baulknaub.googlepages.com/home. This was simple and I know anybody could do it. Also, as soon as your site or page is published it shows up on Google's search engine which means that anybody doing a search can find your information - improving your units ability to reach the outside world and hopefully increase your units membership.

The things this free service can perform is limited (for example, currently you could not upload a newsletter) but as it is free and simple to use it will go a long ways to get news out of your unit's activities and events. Contact information alone would be a tremendous thing to have published for every unit.

So if your unit has no web page AND wants to have a web site up and running AND doesn't have a web master or site space available on the web, check this out.

Oh - By the way, this is not an endorsement per se of Google but rather I am just pointing out that this service exists and is simple to use. I am sure that there are other opportunities like this on the web.

Also, the picture of the "Happy Breakfast" on the demp page comes courtesy of my lovely daughter who created that masterpiece.
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Old 05-16-2006, 12:21 PM   #2
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Actully you can upload any and all file types to GooglePages. I just discovered they have now imposed a 100 file limit to an account. I'm wondering if I was part to blame for that , but unless you were uploading tons of photos this shouldn't be a problem.

You can upload PDF's and video but then you'll need to create a weblink to the file. Google pages also makes that increbibly easy.

The one thing you need to set is that your site does not compress large files. That will keep video and pdf's from reading correctly when you link to them. Other than those few things, the site appears to work really well!

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Well if you can attach files and link to them on the web pages you create that would be perfect!!
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Keep in mind that Andy-R has offered free web hosting to WBCCI units and regions, provided that they provide a link from their pages to airstreamforums.com

I know my unit is hosted here along with region 8's site. I'm sure there are a few others also taking advantages of Andy's kind offer.

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Keep in mind that Andy-R has offered free web hosting to WBCCI units and regions, provided that they provide a link from their pages to airstreamforums.com

I know my unit is hosted here along with region 8's site. I'm sure there are a few others also taking advantages of Andy's kind offer.

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Yes this is very true. But for the units that need both server space AND a way to design a site without having to buy a domain name or worry about all the other details about hosting this is an excellent way to just get up and running.

BUT - I bet that with the forums and the many number of skilled and web savvy
people we could also solve that problem if we had a group of people willing to help out units in need. I know that this is already being done to some extent here...
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