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Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by qlithe, Sep 16, 2013.

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  1. qlithe

    qlithe Power Member

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    So - I happen to have a great internet connection and a powerful computer. I was planning on hosting a site on my own.

    I'm currently playing around with XAMPP and I'm getting great results. But how about the nameserver? Is there a (free) way to host one?

    Are there any disadvantages with doing this?

    Thanks!
     
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    Aren't there security issues that come to mind when hosting your own site? A lot of upkeep and technical know how for something that is 10$ a month with very minimal hassle from someone else.
     
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    qlithe Power Member

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    The issue is that I'll get tons of traffic and I need alot of disk space. Nothing I would get for a few bucks..
     
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    In which method?
     
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    Lol wow, I didn't know this was possible!
     
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    There are a ton of security issues with hosting on your own computer and connection.
    Also, you may want to consider your ISP and if they have cap limits and if they can support a good up and down speed.

    It wouldn't be so bad if you set up a unused desktop as your server, or just found a rackmount server on craigslist and used it, but i would suggest not hosting it on your pc.
    A few years ago, I was going through comcast with a 50mb down 20 mb up speed and it wasn't really enough to do all of my computing plus run a server. If you want that capacity, I would suggest getting google fiber if its available. That connection is about the best for hosting.

    but on the other hand, websites like fubar started off in their own house on one server.

    they have changed their name a few times from cherrytap to fubar and there was another one.
    as for dns, you would be better off getting a paid version for dns. just for security
     
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    It is possible but it will cost u more the electricity bills ur site will be down if the comp has a problem or no electricity and will need a lot of technical help and lots of knowledge before starting but not preferable method to host!
     
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    there are a lot of free dynamic dns services out there. I use dnydns.org but it's not free.
    http://dnslookup.me/dynamic-dns/ is a list of dynamic dns services.
     
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    You have a good download speed, not a decent upload speed. Are all the best website managers hosting their sites on their own pc's? (eehhhhhhh no)
     
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    I never did this myself, and the reason is because of the security risk involved with hosting a website from your home network, wamp and xampp are not secure enough for doing this from your home computer and network, your best bet would be to use wamp or xampp to develop your site and then copy them over to a hosting account sever that has the proper security measures in place.
     
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    My comp is up 24/7, current uptime is 3 months.

    I have a monster computer. And yes, I have a decent upload speed aswell.
     
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    ISP will shut you down for abusing bandwidth.
     
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    What speeds do you have?


    Also does your ISP allow this per their TOS?
     
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    This is old school stuff. I've hosted a bunch of sites on my own PC's, not commercially, but support sites and demo sites for customers. Use Freebsd or Linux.

    DNS: dyndns.org

    Most ISP's block port 80 incoming. Just host at port 8080 or so. Good luck
     
  17. qlithe

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    1k/1k

    Yes
     
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    Possible? Yes. Good idea? Not a chance. A household computer, no matter how badass it is isn't set up to host websites. There's no redundancy, you'll run into virtual memory problems, and a ton of other problem. Just pay a couple bucks a month and actually get real hosting.
     
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    I happen to agree with a lot of the other advice here. I bought HostGator hosting during the "end of the world sale" and picked up 3 years for under $150 or something like that. At these costs, hosting is just more practical to pay for rather than do it yourself.
     
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    Where will the bottleneck be? What differs a "hosting" machine from a household computer?

    The thing is, I doubt that I'll get the disk space and bandwidth I need for a couple bucks..
     
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