If it's actually coded in tables, you'll have a riot on your hands once you finally get it uploaded and give us the link. Just fair warning! If it is based on HTML tables you should probably stop now and figure out how to use <div> elements and CSS instead. Tables are largely regarded as evil and horrid ways of building a non-tabular data display (in other words, presenting something that would not fit naturally into a spreadsheet).
Originally Posted by rcfreak339
The second stop on the road to impressing us all will be running your shiny new table-less layout code through the HTML validator (http://validator.w3.org/) and cleaning things up until you're fully valid.
Now, to make an image transparent in Photoshop...
To get a transparent background in the first place open a new document and select "transparent" rather than a specific background color. That's about it. Once your image contains transparency and you want to make an image for the web you have to save either as a GIF (with transparency option checked off when you "save as") or else as a PNG and then the transparencies will work.
Now, if you're asking about aesthetics that's a whole other issue. I pretty much always recommend getting the mechanics in line first.
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Also, 000webhost hosting is free and DOES support CURL (and PHPmail, I believe) so you might check them out. I have far less experience with them than I do with Freehostia though.