The Purpose of TibetBridges
TibetBridges is not for free hosting.
It is for people who want to own their website.
It is for learning to stand on your own feet!
Thanks to Jeff Lebow, we have a web server, for hosting websites:
Please know that the purpose of TibetBridges is NOT to "give free hosting".
It exists to have a place where Tibetans can learn how to build and manage
websites, and i can help them learn there because i know the environment.
Here are the conditions of hosting at TibetBridges
Content: The website has content that is useful to the world.
Non-commercial: It is a non-commercial site.
Things can be sold on the site to support the cause, but that cannot be its only purpose.
Active: The content is being actively updated.
The tech people involved with the site, are working
with me throughout the life of the website,
and actively learning and applying what they learn.
Security: Website security is first priority.
If it is cms or programmatic-based site, the cms software, plugins, etc are always at current versions.
We will not be hosting any joomla or drupal sites, as they seem to be too difficult for people to update.
All security measures are followed as in this
(if not WordPress, the same principles still apply.)
domain privacy protection:
You must have privacy protection enabled on your domain registration to be hosted on TibetBridges.
to protect you, your family, your friends
The domain must have an account on
and you make the settings under my guidance; or i handle under my CloudFlare account.
I would also have admin on the website, and would make
technical and security changes that the tech person might not know how to do yet.
It has to be under those conditions, for reasons of
- website security: to protect the other sites on the server
- james' purpose: even the basic hosting admin takes my time away from real things —
coding and teaching! So - it has to be part of my program.
You have other responsibilities as well:
If you don't want all this hassle — you just want some hosting space:
If you just need some small space, even the place where you
registered probably can provide that.
If you need more,
there's a lot of free hosting these days. Here's a list of some:
You are an organisation? Grow up and get your own hosting!
“You know that something is important to an organization if, and only if, it has a budget, a calendar and one person accountable for it.”
— mike hoye
In the old days, yes, Tibetans needed westerners to provide free hosting.
This is no longer true.
Good hosting is now very inexpensive.
If the hosting bill is on the organisation's books, and is part of the organisation process,
it is much more likely that the powers-that-be will make sure
the website is part of the organisation process as well!
Which means the people working on the website will get support, not treated like
If an organisation is not willing to take responsibility for their own hosting,
i very much question their commitment to their website, and their understanding of
the massive power of the web that they are so lucky to have.
Which means that TibetBridges is not the right place for them.
There are many many resources on our Wonderful World Wide Web
for learning how to choose web hosting. Here is just one:
Aw c'mon, what's the big deal?
The web is the most powerful tool invented since the printing press.
Not only the Chinese government, but many others, are spending billions to control it!
It is more powerful than bombs or guns.
Why? Because the Web is your voice to the world. Not government's voice, not the Powerful people's voice:
The big deal, the wonderful deal, is to learn how to use this amazing tool, and make your website as effective as possible.
One way to do that is:
James you talk too much!
I know :)
Talking and writing is all i have, to most quickly share with you.
I am available all day, and sometimes most of the night, to answer
useful questions, to teach how to do things, by phone, skype chat, email,
in person — whatever works! I do this no matter where your site is hosted.
Also there are many resources online, and many other persons, to help you improve your
skills and your site.
James this all sounds too hard!
I know :)
Think of this: What is the freedom of Tibet worth? Is it worth the best?
Or is it ok to be "good enough"?