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    * Building my own server?

    Hello! I recently recieved a Linux computer from a contest and I have some questions about turning it into a webserver for my hosting company.

    First, I don't have enough money to buy a server, but is this going to be a waste of time and money in the end?
    Second, I don't have 450$ to spend on CPanel and WHM, are there other, less costly, end-user and hosting control panels out there? And if so, would you pay for a host that used it?
    Third, What should I use as the server software? Apache?
    Fourth, are there any other pieces of information you can give me about this subject?

    Thanks for reading!

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    What kind of internet connection would you have? I assume unless you have a very fast one, you will not be be able to host many people or else it will run very slowly.

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    Oct 2004
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    Blimey, you need to know a lot, and to use it for a hosting company... you're kidding right? You'll need to know about linux in general, administration, security, and then hosting and webserver configuration and a hundred other things. Not that I'm trying to put you off, but you should be aware that running a server isn't a plug-it-in-and-off-you-go affair.

    Firstly if you want a free control panel, check out webmin. I'd say you can install it through yum, but I don't think that'll make any sense to you.

    Yes, apache is the webserver used in linux, for nearly 99% of all installations.

    I'd look at google for information, and the WHT tutorial forums. Once you get to know a few basics, you'll then know enough to go looking for more details.

    Something to get you started:

    Then, if you want to use it as a host server, and I assume you mean on the internet, then you'll want to check out colocation offers - see WHT again.

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    May 2002
    Kingston, Ontario
    Direct Admin is less costly and doesn't strangle the server with tight intergration, it's a really nice control panel to deal with.

    Consider leasing the machine as it will be a complete business write off, owned computers only depreciate over 3 years as far as I know.

    If you don't know whether or not to use Apache using Linux don't have your own dedicated server - period. Get yourself a reseller account for your "hosting company" and safe yourself and all your clients the time, frustration and from your own screw ups IMO.
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    I would have to agree with Ramprage. I'm not say that you shouldn't ever have your own server, but until you have sufficient experience, you should use a reseller account.

    Keep the server at home, and play around with it for a while as a home server (but don't host paying clients on it). Get some system administration experience, and then perhaps consider doing this.
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    Feb 2005
    You can't just take any Linux computer on any internet connection, and start hosting clients. You need to have a high-spec machine, and it needs (or at least really should be) located in a datacenter. If it was a high-spec machine, you can consider colocating it, but you know need to know a lot about Linux and Linux administration to run, secure, and maintain a hosting server.
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    Jan 2004
    Personally I don't see why you shouldn't give it a go but try hosting your own sites first and if its good and working amybe you should rack it up at some DC for the reliability and speed which maybe quite difficult to provide at your location.

    If you really want to learn how to operate it, try doing it without any control panel at all. Use the command line to add site, set quotas, create users etc etc.
    And when you know the ins and outs or at least some of the basics of a Linux you would start venturing further.

    But the bottom line is go and "screw up" Sounds crazy? Well not really, when you screw up and problem solve you learn, when you don't screw up, you learn nothing at all. but please try this where there are no real customers involved.
    Last edited by galacnet; 06-01-2005 at 11:48 AM.
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