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Updated Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at 12:12pm

Free Text Host

The Free Text Host website is a new project by Dagon Design. The site allows visitors to host text without having to sign up or give any personal information. One possible usage for this is to host code snippets, but it can be used for just about anything really. Options include the ability to enter a password to allow you to edit or delete your text, and the choice to use preformatted text and make links clickable.

Try it out

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Changelog

  • 04-16-11 – Added 2 new features. You can now chose to have pages automatically delete after a set number of days, or after being viewed a specified number of times.
  • 02-23-10 – Fixed several bugs with BBCode such as font size, color, quotes, and more (make sure you enable the BBCode option).
  • 10-07-09 – Added a view count to the bottom of the pages.
  • 06-24-09 – Support for BBCode has been added. Just click the option to enable it for your page. A listing of the supported tags is given.
  • 08-12-08 – Added a ‘Viewing password’ option. If you set one, it is required for your text to be viewed.
  • 10-22-07 – Option added to make links clickable, and to enable/disable preformatted output. You can also now edit the text with the edit/delete password.
  • 10-20-07 – First public release

Usage

Just enter your text and the verification code (to help prevent spam) and you will be given a randomly generated URL that only you will know.

There is currently a 50000 character limit. I will see how this works before I raise it higher.

Options

If you choose to use this option, you can enter an admin password when submitting your text. This password will allow you to make changes or delete your page. If you do not include an admin password, the page cannot be modified.

A viewing password can also be set, which if used, will require visitors to know the password to view your text.

The view limit is the number of times the page can be viewed before it automatically deletes. Leave blank to disable automatic deletion.

The day limit is the number of days that the page will remain active before it automatically deletes. Leave blank to disable automatic deletion.

Preformatted text can be selected, which means extra whitespace and linebreaks will appear exactly as you type them, and a fixed width font will be used.

Links in your text can be made clickable (turned into actual html links). These links will contain the nofollow attribute.

BBCode is also now supported (if the option is selected). A list of currently supported BBCode tags can be found here: http://freetexthost.com/bbcode.php

Questions/Answers

Privacy Information

Only one cookie is used on the site, and it is for the verification code. The only information it contains is the code itself, and it is used to help prevent spam.

This site does not use any Javascript or Flash, and it has no tracking or logging features.

Is my hosted text visible by others?

Only if you give them the URL, or they guess it. The URL contains a 10 digit random alphanumeric ID, which allows for up to 3656158440062976 unique IDs, so it would be hard to guess.

Can I print my text?

Yes. If you print your page, it will only print the text itself. Everything else will be removed from the page.

Can I edit/delete my text?

Yes. When you enter your text, you have an option for a password. If you enter one, you can use it to edit or delete your page later.

What if I lose my URL?

Then it is lost. This is by design.

Disclaimer

While the generated pages are relatively private unless you give out the URL, Dagon Design cannot guarantee that no one will see your text by guessing the URL, etc.

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  1. This is pretty neat. But it is amusing how people want you to keep adding more and more for this simple, free idea.

    I am not sure how to put it to the best use, but I will be back.
    Vielen Dank!

  2. Vielen Dank für diesen Vorschlag. Ich schicke Dir einen Gruß aus Deutschland.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I send you regards from Germany.

  3. Luis: A visitor counter is a good idea. I will add that.

    john: There is no API for the site.

    agoramaster: It was made from scratch in PHP. The code is not currently available :)

  4. 27
    agoramaster

    if it is possible, please describe aboub freetexthost.com codding. if it is based on an CMS, where I can download it ;)

  5. 26
    Luis

    A visit counter of the text would be nice or to have the option of display one.

  6. 25
    john

    Cant u provide api for this..so that i can use it in my application

  7. 24
    Greg

    it’s such a good thing!
    i hope your website will be known all around the world!

    I think you could had a category like “why are you using freetexthost?”
    for me, it’s for my “rapport de stage” (training document in english??), I edit it at work and at home to. and the limk is in my webmail, so it’s easy for me to edit it wherever i am, i don’t need any usb key :)

    I hope my comment is usefull.

    Greg (a french user :) )

  8. BBCode is now supported at freetexthost.com – just click the option to enable it for your page. A listing of supported tags is also given.

  9. I did not mean I would change it so things get automatically deleted. I do not ever plan on doing that.

    I meant that you would just have the option of setting this if you wanted to.

    I am still planning ideas for the site as well.

  10. 21
    Greg

    No, I’m not agree with Mark!!!
    Because text files are not heavy, so it will be not very usefull for you, and for us, if we don’t read our text during 3 month, deleted? oh no! Please stay like now, or, if you want, add BBcode, why not!
    But please, don’t delete files, i’m sure you hate when you find what you were looking for, and finally, the content is deleted… please i’m in love with your service, don’t change it…
    thank you for reading, and excuse my poor english, i’m french.
    thx

  11. 20
    levent

    i really love it.plz dont shut it down sooner.

  12. 19
    Stef

    and ability to remove “delete” button from site
    sry for double post…

  13. 18
    Stef

    enable BBCode?

  14. Is it possible to get the script without the advertisements?

  15. Mark: Good ideas :) I will keep them in mind for the next update.

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