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disposable web page Sometime last year, MakeUseOf featured an excellent list of disposable tools for the web 5 "DISPOSABLE" Web Accounts to Keep Your Identity Safe 5 "DISPOSABLE" Web Accounts to Keep Your Identity Safe Read More . It covered a spread of useful disposable email accounts, phone numbers, login details, fake names, and file sharing tools.

Disposable services are incredibly useful when you just want a bit of anonymity online. Can’t trust a website that looks a little dodgy with your real email? Use a fake one which you can gain access to later.

Disposable services are also good for cases where you just need something to exist for a limited amount of time and not reside in cyberspace forever, for example files you want to share with your friend, or in this case – a webpage which expires after a certain timeframe. Below, I’ll show you how to create a disposable webpage in a matter of seconds.

Why would you want a disposable webpage?

The aptly named service is called DisposableWebPage and is completely free. What it does is that it creates an instant wiki for you to edit, share and perhaps collaborate with your friends. This also means you reap all the benefits of a wiki system with rich text editing and collaboration built directly into the system – plus you have version control so you can easily revert back to previous forms if something goes wrong.

These web pages can last up to 90 days or less, and can be very useful for event based discussions, for example, party or travel decisions – where it’s important to get everyone’s input but you don’t need to have the details stuck online after the event.

With this service, you don’t have to worry if all your friends use Facebook, Friendster, or whatever social networking service to organize and plan an event. Everything is on a single web page, accessible by all.

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You can also put in photos, and even easily integrate sticky notes, and maps to make the page more dynamic.

Finally, you don’t have to worry about the site expiring without your knowledge. Every time you visit the page, a countdown timer to expiry is prominently displayed.

How to set up your own disposable page

What I really liked about it is that it’s pretty much quick and dirty. You don’t need to register in order to create a page, so your disposable web page can be set up in just a matter of clicks. To show you how easy it is, I’m going to walk you through making one for yourself.

Step 1: Go to DisposableWebPage, and click on the big red link, and name your page

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Step 2: Your page is created! Now you can bookmark it right away, start editing it, change the timer, or send editor keys to your friends so they can edit this page as well.

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Step 3: After you make the changes you want, send it to your friends so they can collaborate as well.

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That’s all there is to it! Simple, and flexible for quick and dirty solutions where you need a web page which expires after a certain amount of time.

Do you use disposable tools? If so, tell us which ones you use in the comments!

Photo Credit : Wok

  1. Nits
    October 11, 2009 at 10:46 am

    useful amazing stuff for the bloggers thanks.

  2. united states economy
    February 5, 2009 at 3:42 am

    I guess this is cool, the only problem is if you need to get info from it in the future its gone.

  3. Lost Guy
    January 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I guess these are useful for very limited use, but like nothing to write home about

  4. Charles
    January 12, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Do these sites allow ads, e.g. Adsense?
    If so, it could be a quick and easy way to make some money from a newsworthy event, without going to the trouble of setting up a blog. Thoughts?

    • Mark O'Neill
      January 12, 2009 at 7:31 am

      I think the question should be "does Adsense allow these sites?". You have to get Adsense to approve each site you go on. You just can't slap the code everywhere you go.

      So even if the sites are OK with the code, you have to make sure that Google is OK with it and they may not be, given that the site self-destructs after 90 days.

  5. Jsmiddy
    January 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I think it's a great idea. I already signed up for an account.

    A google search for sposable websites turns up a stagger 1 million results.

  6. Roman
    January 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Great idea, but it has bugs. It will not work properly in Firefox3. Entered text is sometimes lost after clicking on Save. The emoticons do not work. As someone already mentioned, an apostrophe produces multiple slashes. Too bad there is no way to report these things. Other than that, it's a neat idea for a quick and dirty site.

  7. PC Tips
    January 3, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Wow I really didn't know where this title was heading...Not a bad idea, however whats wrong with a blog set up under the fake email address and all...When your finished you can delete it at any time. You can also have any number of different authors writing on the blog...But who knows, this disposable website may become popular...Everything else does!!!

  8. ej-web-development
    January 2, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Disposable sites are a great idea.

    A lot of people don't want to fool with setting up a geocities account so this is a great for quick and dirty pages.

  9. Den
    January 2, 2009 at 3:44 am

    One time readable text notes: sn.linkstore.ru

  10. Luis
    January 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    http://www.10minutemail.com, temporary random email address valid for 10 minutes (expandable). Useful when you subscribe to something that requires your email to send back a password or validation key.

  11. John
    January 1, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Umm... ever heard of facebook groups and events?

    • anaonymous
      August 12, 2009 at 7:21 pm

      Contrary to popular belief - not everyone has an account. I don't have/want/need one, and YES I do have friends.

  12. anonymous
    January 1, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    wont something like archive.org save it?

  13. tom
    January 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I have a pbwiki account. It lets you create pages inside it - and collaborate, with varying levels of editing control. this is great... is there is a temporary need, I create a page and send out the link for people, and they canb edit it to. I delete the page when done.
    This is WAY better than email. Many times you need a "state of affairs" page... something that just shows the current state of things. for a party, if 2 people replied "I'll bring paper plates" (they're both single I guess) then you start trading emails to change one of their minds. With a page, you tell people to look there, edit it, and that's that. everyone sees the current state of things. But this particular service looks like overkill.

  14. Bill Bell
    January 1, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I quite like this idea: no need to remember to discard debris. However, there are still a few kinks so I hope the developers are reading this because I can't seem to find a way of reporting to them. I wanted to make a page to contain a short Shockwave video for a colleague. Unfortunately when I clicked on the browse button in the "Insert/edit embedded media dialog" I received something like "file browser callback: field_name: src, url: , type: media" with an 'OK' button.

    • Luke Williams
      January 1, 2009 at 1:33 pm

      Also found that placing an apostrophe in text results in "\'". Multiple apostrophes result in an increase in the number of "\". Appears to be a problem with the TinyMCE editor. Frustrating that there isn't a way to report.

  15. James Yeang
    January 1, 2009 at 4:53 am

    @Television & Ajay: Yes you could do what you described, but this is much faster because

    1. You don't have to register or fill up details for anything, just click and create.
    2. You don't even have to bother deleting it. It will handle that on its own.

  16. Ajay
    January 1, 2009 at 2:50 am

    I don't see the point of this as well. Why not just create a site and delete it whenever necessary?

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