Perhaps I am simply thick. I am certainly missing something, and it is something many people seem to grasp; and therefore, I know it’s me that is wrong, yet I don’t know why.
As I understand it Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet in or around 1990. Then in a completely altruistic gesture, he gave it away, to everybody. The world, for free, wow that was an amazing thing to do.
But for me 27 years later, I’m still in a fog about it, let me try and explain my problem. if it was a gift for free, and everyone was supposed to have access to it, then why is it often so inaccessible. In fact, there is a few villages near to where I live, who even today are unable to access even digital radio. However my really big question is this, why does everyone have to pay to use it, for example if you don’t have a service provider then all you can really do with your desktop or Laptop is play minesweeper or solitaire, or try and figure out what excel is and how you may have a use for it..
Truly the internet is brilliant, when you think of what you have access to, it’s amazing. Today there is possibly a website for any subject you care to think of and catering for all tastes. However, that access is only limited to reading websites. If you don’t know how to join in, by making your own website or blog, you soon become the technological version of the new kid to the area sitting in the playground on your own.
I see advertisements for GoDaddy, Wix and WordPress with strap lines such as “building a web site is easy and cheap. However when you visit them online, it’s like walking in to paint explosion of colour, with flashing images, reps offering to chat to you, text telling you about backgrounds- themes- imagery, suggestions for “ really snazzy all-singing-all-dancing website in minutes” they tell you all about the packages you can have, and how much they cost, details of how many gigabytes you can get with each, what Bandwidth ( I have no idea what that is) how many email addresses you get, Domain name registration. CHRIST and all I want to do what I am currently doing right at this moment. I don’t need a theme, nor a background, I am not going to take on Amazon or Ebay, I just want something nice and easy
But can I find anything, which is easy? Nope not a bloody chance. the only thing which has come close is this one Blogger. But even now, it begins to feel like, that if I am to have a place in the world-wide ether then I need to succumb to the pressure to get a registered Domain name. and all registration companies online want to charge you for the privilege of using the WWW.free gift they advertise it as Say £1.99 per month, however just when you think ok I will go for it, they then tell you it’s billed annually and suddenly you think it £23.88 which isn’t a lot if you have it disposable, but some people also have to think,, well I have the M.O.T. due this month,, or the toddler needs new shoes. Furthermore if you just register the Domain it’s no good with out a hosting site.
I have just visited 1and1.co.uk who have advertised hosting from £0.99 oooh I think, Click add to cart and!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This changes to 30 days free trial then it’s £6.99 per month minimum 12 months that’s £83.88 plus the £23.88 for the Domain that’s £107.76 per year just to let people know what I am thinking about. if I did buy now it would be due again just before Christmas next year. And I have kids, a wife a mortgage ----Some free gift to the world
If only it was much more simple anyway Merry Xmas and happy new year