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    Hosting a site from my computer

    I have bought a domain and now I would like to turn my computer into a web host. I would like to use Apache web server. Can someone please lay down detailed instructions on how to set up my computer to host my web site? Thanks!
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    First thing's first, is this allowed by your internet service provider for your home connection?
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    Quote Originally Posted by igxhost View Post
    First thing's first, is this allowed by your internet service provider for your home connection?
    Yes, it's allowed.
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    mike provided some good links - take a look at those and learn

    I remember doing it a few years back just to try it out (I still do it to test out certain scripts) - pretty good but if you don't have enough upload and download speeds from your ISP, it's not that fun for your visitors. and You'll find yourself lagging as well if you have too many connections coming in. (assuming you're doing more than just testing)
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    Yes you can run your own computer.
    You will need to configure DNS and IP address correctly.
    There is security risk for running server on your computer so please be sure you are running firewall and anti virus.
    Also it's best if your connection is DSL to avoid lagging.
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    One thing to also keep in mind that most home connections have a slow upload so you probably won't want to host many files on it.

    If your router supports it you may also want to isolate the server on the network so if it is exploited your internal lan is inaccessible.
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    also keep in mind the uptime on home connections are not that consistent.
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    Have you considered a free hosting account? I am sure you can find one somewhere.
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    He probably just wants to do it for fun or knowledge. I remember doing it a while back on Ubuntu and Windows Server 2003. It had lots of downsides to it (slow upload, slow overall, bad internet etc.) I did that before I was into hosting .. then I got really into it and decided to get a reseller and grow
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    Many Network companies limit your upload speed so you maybe won't satisfied with it unless you just want to run a small site.And I suggest a free hosting for you to start too.You can low down the problems you need to face.
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    You will want to have a speedy processor , Anything above a P4 HT will do and at least 1gb memory (more if you want windows)

    and you will need your isp to open port 80 and 25 , and even then you have to make sure your bandwidth isn't heavily capped.
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    if you have comcast, the ports are already open
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    I think you might need to upgrade your internet plan in order to host website your home PC. If you turn your computer on or if its might restart for any reasons your website will be down until your computer is on.
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    u might lol
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    1.Setup Apache server on your router/PC. (Maybe aswell as some ftp prgrames for IP and DNS)
    2. Optimise the site so the files are small and wont require alot of effort to upload/download them.
    3. GO!
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    The personal/free license of LiteSpeed Web Server would likely help to keep bandwidth and cpu/memory usage down on a home-pc type of setup... Besides being a home connection you likely wouldn't be affected by the connection limit in the free version

    This is of course assuming you are going to be running Linux and not Windows
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    The amount of money you have to pay for your electricity makes hosting on your PC not worth it. I suggest you just purchase a cheap hosting package, less hassle and you dont a have to worry much about bandwidth and uptime.
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    I think its a good way to learn how to 'host'. Howtoforge has a good tutorial on how to get everything setup. Might be over the top for what you want to do but it covers apache, mysql, postfix, bind, proftp.


    http://www.howtoforge.net/perfect-se...64-ispconfig-2
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    You should check with ISP to make sure they allow you to host your own server - I would suggest a cheap shared hosting account or a VPS, you can get them for less than $5/mo.
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    as far I know, the most simple home hosting could be build using the Opera Unite technology
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    This is a rather old thread that the OP has obviously lost interest in. Closing.
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