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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

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How To Host Your Website For Free On Google.

Sometime ago, I talked about how to host your websites and best web hosting companies in Nigeria. Not so many people are aware that you can actually host your websites for free on Google. There are many advantages of hosting free website with Google. One of the good things is that your web pages are being served from Google server which is very strong and reliable. Also, there is no need for you to bother yourself with any cost what so ever. You only need to set it up and every pages is up and running.

With the normal web hosting company, you will be given some storage space on their server, you then transfer your HTML and other files to that server using FTP or cPanel and your website is ready.
But hosting free on Google works in similar manner except that the file transfer mechanism is a bit different.

Want To Host Your Website For Free On Google? Follow these steps.

Step 1:  Visit appengine.google.com and create your new application. In case if you don't know how Google App Engine works, or you are just using App Engine for the first time, be ready to verify your account with your mobile number. You may be asked to do so before you can open a new application.

Step 2: Next give your application a name – This should be unique name and may only include lowercase alphabets and digits. For this example, my app identifier is “sidusblogwebsite”.


Step 3: Follow the next steps in the sequence listed below:

     Step a.  Download and install Python from python.org.
     Step b.  Download and install App Engine SDK from this code.google.com.

Step 4:  Then download and unzip this file – website.zip –  on your desktop. Inside the zip folder you will find a basic website with some HTML pages, CSS, and images that we are about to host on Google.

Step 5:  Open the app.yaml file with your notepad. Find and replace the word ‘myfirstgoogleapp’ with the application identifier you have created before. Then Save the changes.

Step 6:  The next thing is to deploy the website to Google App Engine. Just open the Google App Engine Launcher program from your Start Menu, then choose File – > Add Existing Application. Locate the folder where you unzipped the website.

Click on deploy button, input your Google Account credentials and within seconds, your website should become available online at abc.appspot.com where abc is your unique app identifier. Later, if you add or modify any web page, Click Deploy again and your new /edited files will get uploaded to App Engine.

Your website will be hosted as a sub-domain of appspot.com but you can register a web domain with Google Apps and map the App Engine website to your own domain.

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