I have the idea of putting myself on the internet using my own server and publishing my own website only.
is this possible?
is it expensive?
at the moment i am paying 1and 1 for a reasonable service but?
can anyone educate me as to what is required and how complicated would it be to achieve.
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what is your budget?
what type of web site?
how much disk space?
how much transfer?
what additional software (if any)?
if most of the answers are "low, nothing" or "not too much nor too complicated", i would definitely stay with any shared hosting.
unless you have a big site, with lot of information on the server or you need better transfer speed.
you'd better post on a dedicated hosting forum, if you'd finally decided to go with a dedi.
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The thing most people don't pay any attention to is that it's the UPSTREAM that's very important for a web server.
You may have a 15mbps connection (download) but often times the upspeed is somewhere between 256kbps and 768kbps. And this has to send all requests/pages/images to every user as well as support your own browsing/email/downloading.
If you have more upstream (such as a 10/10/ 15/10 plan) then this may be more feasable but I would not run an important web site on a home connection. If you have a power outage - the site will go down, if you have a cable outage - the site will go down.
If it's just a small personal web site then I don't see why it'd be an issue. Also many internet service providers in their Acceptable Use Policy specifically prohibit business web sites (or any web site) from being hosted on a regular consumer connection and require that you pay for a business connection to be able to do so.