Got some of the best fics of GW, Yami no Matsuei, Saiyuki, Gravitation, Fake, Ai no Kusabi and Slamdunk for recommendation. Come and have a look. Am not saying that my choices are INDEED the best but, I guarantee, that they are among the good/best ones..
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Some Tips & Resources for GW Yaoi Webmasters
New to the web? Just learned html? Here's a set of links to some good resources.
Free Web Hosts
One caveat about the word *free*: you get what you pay for. Service might be good for a couple months or a year and then they disappear (ie. www.envy.nu
) or they put bandwidth restrictions (ie. Geocities
). So keep in mind that though these hosts I recommend may be good as of this date (see bottom to check when this page was last updated), they may not always be so.
- 100 megs of space. Banner ads, FTP support. For the moment, it's one of the most reliable and fast servers. There's a network of affiliates so you can take your pick of whatever url suits your fancy: Batcave.Net
and probably more that I don't know about.
- Another ok server. 150 megabytes of space, unlimited bandwidth, free subdomains, FTP support.
- Tripod and Angelfire are now part of the Lycos network, the second largest free web page service after Yahoo! Geocities, if not bigger. Only 20 MB of space here but then you get a lot more bandwidth (1GB here) than at Zerocatch.
- 50MB, fairly fast, no popups, unlimited bandwidth!
For some sites that actually allow scripting, you'll have to go with smaller webspace accounts. See Redrival
(ASP) or Prohosting
(CGI) and Xoasis
(CGI, PHP). Note that these servers are usually slower than the ones without scripting support. If you want a reliable server, you'll have to pay. Use HostSearch
as your starting point or check out my article on commercial webhosts
If none of these providers satisfy you, check out FreeWebsiteProviders.Com
, a great resource.
Content-Specific Free Web Hosts
- This is my other domain. If you have a nice 1x2 site that needs hosting, email me
and I'll see what I can do. Generally I give out 50 MB space, 500MB bandwidth, your own subdomain, no email though. If you need more space or bandwidth, let me know.
- offers free hosting for slash and fan sites. Comes with a subdomain, 3 email addresses, 15MB of space.
Again, don't forget to look at the plethora of sites that evaluate the free webhost providers: Free-webhosts.com
is a searchable database of over 1,200 free hosts updated daily. There's also 100-best-free-webspace.com
Learning HTML, DHTML, Scripting, etc
For beginners, I recommend Beginning HTML Tutorials
which have basic, easy to understand tutorials. For advanced people, there are a number of great reference sites. First should be: W3.org
. I usually go there for CSS tips but you can also find a good intro at CSS.nu
. Other good reference sites for more advanced developers:
What's a cgi script? Why use them? They allow you to do interactive things on the web, like guestbooks, forums, counters, databases, searching and even web portals etc. You can either get a hosted cgi script from the likes of places like CGISpy
, or Bravenet
. Most people are just looking for a counter and some site statistics. Try Textcounter.org
. You can also check out more remotely hosted scripts
from the Hotscripts
Ultimately, if you have the time and patience, the most reliable method is to install one of your own (no ads!) and customise it, if your web server supports scripting. Look for scripts at these repositories: Hotscripts
. Then read How To Install a Perl script
and an Introduction to Perl and CGI
Graphics & Design
OK, content isn't always king, and design and presentation are just as important. Poorly formatted fanfic and an unorganized, chaotic webpage will drive people away even if the content is good. I notice that lots of people like to use frames and popups, but keep in mind that they make it difficult for surfers to bookmark your site and come back to the page they want.
For graphics, visit GifWorks.com
for a free gif library, and even a 3d text maker. Cooltext.com
is another neat site that will help you with generating a custom logo. If you're just looking for backgrounds or textures, check out GifPile
which maintains a directory of links to free graphics archives.
If you need something specifically yaoi-related, and you want a grab a pic from another person's webpage, just email the webmaster of the site and ask permission. Generally, people will allow you to use their scans or pics if you give credit to them - put their email and/or link back to their site. Linking is what makes the web so useful!
Some Gundam Wing image galleries that allow you to take graphics (check each site for details): G-Wing Picture Archive
Sumire's GW Cel Art Gallery
(may have to click refresh alot, Fortunecity server doesn't always show all the pics) and 1,500+ pictures at ZeroSystem
(not yaoi-friendly, sniff).
Of course, making your own graphics is ideal. I recommend Photoshop
if you can afford it. Your university bookstore may sell a lower-priced academic version. The poor man's version of Photoshop is Paint Shop Pro
, which you can download and evaluate for 30 days. If you do get Photoshop, visit the Photoshop Tutorials Search Engine
and the ActionXchange
The best way to learn good design is to visit other sites and see what they're doing. Some of my favourites are Doc Ozone
, and Infinite Fish
Where to Advertise
Submit your site url to the following places, and join a few webrings and cliques.
The best method I've found is to submit your url to the Open Directory Project
. Be careful to follow their guidelines, and eventually, smaller specialised search engines everywhere will pick up your url and site description. You can also submit directly to Google
, but if your site is brand new, it'll probably take about a month to be listed. Of course, the more people linking to you, the more likely you'll be included when the search engine crawlers go roaming. If you want more info about ranking and your link popularity, visit this great resource: SearchEngineWatch.com
are newer and there's no guarantee how long they'll stay up, but J-Fan.com
seem to be stable for now. The former are all automated directories, more organized & up-to-date than Anipike
. However these two are musts: the Fan Fiction Directory
and Minotaur's Slash Page Database Project
Yaoi Web Rings:
Sometimes I think webrings are more trouble than they're worth, since webmasters don't always follow the rules and there are always broken links galore. But if you've got the time and energy, check these out:
Bishounen Underground Ring
Boys Heaven Yaoi Ring
The B Word Ring
Gorgeous Fiends Ring
I Love Boys Who Love Boys Ring
Karmic Circle Ring
Yaoi Fanfiction Ring
Yaoi Webring For Girls
I don't think support cliques do much for promoting your site, but they're fun.
A few of my favorites are I Support Yaoi
, Love is Love
, and the 1x2 Fanlisting
And of course let us know about your new site on 1x2ML
and the GWA
Site Maintenance - Fixing Dead Links
Xenu's Link Sleuth
is freeware and a *must* download. I have over 1000+ links on this site, and I was able to check all of them in under 10 minutes.
If you don't like Xenu, there are many other link validation services and software programs out there. For comparison there is Lithops Software's HTML Link Validator
(shareware) and Rel Software's Link Checker Lite
(freeware). Or just type "link validation" into Google
and you'll get lots of hits.
The Bitter Taste of Tears
This site is my 1x2/2x1 fanfiction archive. I will add a gallery soon and there are links to other great 1x2/2x1 centered sites, as well.
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The whistles blared, the wheels clattered, and steam shot out from the braking mechanisms of both trains as they tried to slow down, but Heero had picked a spot far enough inside the tunnel that the effect would be minimized, and the wind force enjoyed to its full extent. It was perfectly calculated, a perfect mix of security and excitement, of serenity peppered with shots of adrenaline. Heero leaned forward, and at the exact point in time where each of the two trains shot past them on a different side, creating a miniature cyclone to which both boys were purposely oblivious, he pulled Duo even closer, and kissed him.
--Bridlewood Manor by Mitsugi [Mitsu Gallery]
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