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    Running a web server from Home?

    Hi, I was just wondering about the feasibility of running a web server from my house. I have a website that (once I start marketing it) could potentially have about 10,000 visitors per day and 20 page hits per visitor with an average page size of about 25kb which would equal about 5 gigabytes of bandwidth a month. (this is just an estimate, the last thing I want to happen is for this marketing plan to really work and the website crashes because I don't have enough bandwidth so I want to play it safe)Based on the above what kind of connection should I get (T1, T3, DSL, or ethernet) and what kind of computer should I have to run the hosting (simple PC ok or an actual server like a Dell PowerEdge). Also My site would have to send out about 50,000 to 100,000 emails a month, is this something that could be done using the server and what would I need to do? Thanks.

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    Your ISP probably won't let you send that many emails a month. I would go for a VPS, it's only a couple dollars a month and you get reliability of redundant power, RAID disk space, fast bandwidth, etc.

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    It's a bad idea for many reasons, such as lack of power and internet connectivity redundancy. Your ISP is furthermore not going to let you send 100,000 emails per month, if they even allow the hosting of a web server.

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    Thanks for the input,I thought that if I had a much faster connection (such as a T1 compared to a cable) that I would pretty much be able to do what I want. I am just curious though is there a set number that most ISP's have for emails and how do they know if I am sending x amount of emails. Also, there are services that allow you to send 100,000 emails a month for about 20 dollars a month.(go daddy for instance) How do they get around email limitations?

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    Your ISP will probably block you from mail #1. If you read the contract you have with them, it will most likely state that you are not allowed to use the internet connection as a mail server. They can tell it's email based on several factors: port, headers, content. Some ISPs might offer you to use their own email servers though, but it's still a bad idea to host such a large website from a home connection.

    Just get yourself a VPS, as chasebug said.

    GoDaddy and others don't use residential internet connections, first of all, and they have procedures and agreements in place to ensure that no spam is sent out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike12345 View Post
    Thanks for the input,I thought that if I had a much faster connection (such as a T1 compared to a cable) that I would pretty much be able to do what I want. I am just curious though is there a set number that most ISP's have for emails and how do they know if I am sending x amount of emails. Also, there are services that allow you to send 100,000 emails a month for about 20 dollars a month.(go daddy for instance) How do they get around email limitations?
    A T1 is only 1.5mbps while cable can go up to 10mbps or more uploading. They can send 100000 emails because they own their own servers. I don't think a VPS has email limits so you can send as many emails as your VPS can handle.

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    Burstnet has a $5 vps and they are reliable... seems like a no brainier right?
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    Ok, as far as emails go it was said that Godaddy has its own servers and they are not using residential internet connections. Wouldn't I be using my own server also? And if they don't use residential internet connections what are they using and how could I get that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike12345 View Post
    Ok, as far as emails go it was said that Godaddy has its own servers and they are not using residential internet connections. Wouldn't I be using my own server also? And if they don't use residential internet connections what are they using and how could I get that?
    Hi Mike,

    Most hosting providers have commercial Internet connections. These may consist of T1 lines or similar, or more commonly these days, actually just dedicated or shared commercial bandwidth (e.g. at speeds of "10mbps", "100mbps", or "1gbps").

    You can always try to host from home, but note the limitations that others mentioned. If you're really set on it, check with your ISP first (in reference to the Terms of Service), but then give it a try if it complies with the Terms of Service. Experimenting is part of learning.

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    it's cheaper to rent a dedicated server or vps that is housed in a datacenter, instead of building something in your house with a t1 or t3. besides, your isp will probably not allow it.

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    Yes it will be cheaper to just get a vps server and run it from their, upgrading your isp connection might not even give you much improvement on upload speed as a lot of isps have the same upload speed but a higher download speed on packages.

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    If you have a good, stable internet connection and backup power, then I don't think you'll have any problems with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steaven View Post
    If you have a good, stable internet connection and backup power, then I don't think you'll have any problems with it.
    In your experience, does that include sending 100,000 emails per month?

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    op you ask about the business class Internet connection that can cost upwards of $800 a month also with most data centers they provide you with hardware protection such as raided disc and battery/ electric backup. honestly with the cost associated and a site that has the potential to do what you are thinking. I would consider a dedicated server or VPS these will help keep your cost low while giving you protection from every direction
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    Who is your ISP?
    If you are really determined to host your website at home, check with with your ISP and upgrade to their business class internet. Then the residential service restrictions will normally no longer apply to you, and you can choose other business services that they offer.

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    At the very least, the cost of the electricity to run a spare machine at home will equal a reasonably powerful VPS. You'd be surprised what $10 buys in a VPS these days, and you might be equally surprised to see that just running a computer in your home 24/7 can increase your electric bill by about $10 as well.
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    Why would the ISP block his mail? He just have to take a Corporate package and he will be able to send email from his own server to any port 25. ISP won't see the email !

    I run many server at home for my learning/testing. I have about 10 VM and 5 physical servers (firewall, exchange, file service, active directory, etc...).
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    Hi,

    I am going to repeat what everyone else has said, but really just a case study from experience.

    I used to run a web server from home when I was only running my own site. After a few electricity bills 20 above their norm I started poking around on the internet. The site wasn't anything special and didn't require anything special, but I soon came to the understanding the server could be ran on a VPS for about the same cost. After doing this it also hit me that it had the ability to run other sites as well as my own, so I could sell a little space and help make back the cost of the VPS. Network connectivity was also obviously greatly increased too, a bonus as it meant people could download my toolkit, I had programmed that I was publicising on my site, a lot faster than on my 1.5 mbit line at home.

    After selling a little more space than first anticipated I moved on to dedicated servers, quite a few now, and turned into a real host. You'll be surprised at the benefits and cost of having a VPS, and how comparable it is to the electricity bill increase at home.

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