Tis the season for giving gifts, so why not give yourself the gift of free web hosting and a free domain? Bluehost, a popular hosting company, has a program for those in higher education called, Spoke. If you’re a faculty member, you qualify for a free domain name and free hosting.
Students who are interested in the program also qualify for a free domain and reduced hosting, which starts at $3.95 a month. One great part of the program is that the hosting costs stay the same for the student after she graduates.
What I like about the program for students is that it takes the idea of ePortfolios, but frames it in a professional context. Students aren’t forced into a specific piece of software. It doesn’t have to be directly tied to their college or university. Students own the design and learn about self-hosted websites. Setting up a WordPress site just takes a few clicks. Finally, it allows students to build their personal brand and funnel their online activity back to a central place.
If you’ve participated in Spoke as a student or faculty member, what’s been your experience?