I have a website I used to get hosted but I kind of quit the site so I stopped hosting that specific site. But the site was registered for 3 years and I still have about a year left, so I decided I want to host the site from my own computer, just so I can play and test stuff with it.
I run windows, and have had apache setup on my computer forever, but what about dns etc?
Basically what I need is what is all the stuff I need to setup so I can point the domain to my computer and it'll run from there?
Also, any online tutorials or such would help!
i can't offer a tutorial, but i can give you the dns company i used when i was hosting my domain myself and some quickie tips.
ZoneEdit.com offers both a free and pay-for-it dns service. the free service has limitations, though it's pretty much a standard; ie, if your site is huge and uses a ton of resources, you'll end up paying for it. however, it doesn't sound like your site will, and i know mine never did. i doubt you'll have a problem in this regard.
before you go any further, though, make sure you have a stable ip to your computer. if your ip changes every time you get online, a dns will never be able to resolve to you. if you've got a permanent ip, then get into a service such as zoneedit, give them the ip, and they will give you two dns names. you then take these two dns names and input them into the company pages of the site that you got your domain name from.
it takes a day or two for the servers around the world to point your domain to your computer once you enter in your dns servers.
Consumer dial up or broadband accounts are for accessing the internet but not for running servers on. Just contact your ISP as to what you intend to do so and get an official Okay before you proceed. Running servers behind such accounts are usually against their Term of Service.
eh, zpanel site is down
But I will contact my host tomorrow since I dont think they'll respond today.
Also, the no-ip.com wont let me do it for an actual domain, only for a subdomain of theirs (ex. something.no-ip.org)
If it would do it for an actual domain.. it would work.
oh... like that...
eh I thought it would be actual thing
Well, lets say I wanted to make a "hosting" company from my home (yes, it is weird, and no I wont do it, just wont to know how it would be done..), how would I do the domain stuff then?
I'd need a nameserver, right? and if so, are there any free ones out there for windows?