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|Fourth: Clip Art, Photographs
But what about photographs and clip art? Those are expensive! Go to
any typical online clip art or photo site, and you can expect to pay upwards
of $300 for a high quality photo image. In fact, at Comstock, photographs
start at $49!
As hard as it may seem to believe, there are many online clip art and
photo sites offering free high quality images for home page use.
A few standouts are
Image Gallery, Free
Foto, and the NOAA
Photo Library, an underated government site offering thousands
of science-related photographs. But the best one of all is Microsoft's
Design Gallery Live, a cornucopia of clip art, photographs, and
And all for free!
|Fifth: Fancy Bells and Whistles
Here, it seems-- in the case of adding cool effects to your site-- we
have hit a snag. Let's say you want to do fancy stuff like what you've
seen on the flashiest Flash-enhanced sites?
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to buy Flash to create Flash-like
effects. There are many free java applets
that actually mirror some of the more popular Flash effects, like slideshows
and menus with rollovers and sound effects.
But let's say that you must have Flash at any cost? Well, you
could always get Flash navigation at Flasbuttons.com,
search for free Flash files to embed into your web site, or buy Swish,
a low-end cousin to Flash MX, which only costs $49 to register. With Swish,
you can't do some of the more sophisticated stuff that you could with Flash
MX, but if all you want to do are simple text and image effects, it may
be just what you need, and at a fraction of the cost.
|Sixth-- and lastly: Community
You may be convinced up until now that there's a free alternative to
most aspects of web building. However you may be wondering about message
boards. Is it possible to get a free professional message board at your
site, or are you stuck with the one from some online service requiring
you to pay a monthly fee to remove their annoying pop up and banner ads?
It is definitely possible. How? By installing a free, high quality message
board on your own server-- a forum like, say, PhpBB.
That's right-- with minimal programming experience, you can actually download
message board software that you can then upload to your site. What? you
say-- you need php to install it and can't do it at your web host without
paying extra money? No problem-- Tripod
UK is a free host that has php. If you're facing the same problem
when it comes to using cgi script on your site to run a free message board
script you've found, you could always go to