Personal Web Server

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  1. Kieffer87

    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    Backrgound: Mom is starting a small business and wants a website to go along with it that may pull in a couple of users a month if that (from what I am guessing). So I told her I would just throw it on my server rather than her paying for it until she got the business going.

    Setup:
    -I have winxp pro running apache 2.2, with port 80 forwarded through my router.
    -I have a domain, with the nameservers setup to forward to my ip address using zoneedit.com
    -Apache is setup, however I still need to work on getting it password protected.

    From here is where im a bit confused. Where do I upload my site to so that it is associated with my ip address? When in NVU when I want to publish a page it asks for the ftp location to upload to and then a username and password. However I do not have an ftp server setup.


    CLIFFS: Got hardware all setup for webserver (I think) I just need to know how to set it up so I can upload my webpage and have it linked when someone types my ip or domain.
     
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    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    First, I'd make sure that running a web server doesn't violate the TOS/TOU put forth by your ISP.
     
  3. Stev

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    ^^ agreed... its a good way to get disconnected and banned from your ISP.
    Some ISP's are cool, others demand you pay 10x the price for the same service because you are performing business functions and you dont have a business account.

    But you must(if you havent already) purchase a domain name. Register it to a free DNS Service that will bounce queries of the domain name to your IP address. Or just set your machine to be a DNS server as well. Either way its not too difficult.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    Okay, you are in NO WAY qualifiied to be running a server.


    Spend like $7 a month and get it HOSTED with a 3rd party provider.
     
  5. Kieffer87

    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    got all the domain, and dns service setup. I am just unsure of how to go about uploading my site to apache
     
  6. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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  7. Kieffer87

    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    Your right I'm not qualified nor have I ever thought about or looked into doing it but I want to learn and this is why I am doing it. Like I said the site will probably only get MAYBE a handful of hits a month so I don't see the point in paying for hosting.
     
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    just some food for thought...

    how successful is a business that only gets a handful of hits to its site each month?
     
  9. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Depends what kind of business it is. A lot of successful small, local businesses don't even have websites.
     
  10. Kieffer87

    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    She is just getting all the legal stuff done to get it started. and its going to be like a conflict mediation/resolution business where most of the business will be through referral. I guess I'm just trying to help her save as much as possible to keep the overhead down. But then again $7 a month wouldn't break the bank.

    More than anything the opportunity came about and it was something I wanted to learn how to do.
     
  11. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Well the first lesson is not to use Windows XP as a server OS.
     
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    Agreed. But it can be done.

    I would not recommend using this XP machine as your regular computer though. Download some program or install some game and fuxor up some setting and then you have no clue what did it.
     
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    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    I agree, its just used for my fileserver and it has my printer on it. I have been wanting to mess around with home server and 2003 but just havn't had the chance.
     
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    If you want to learn, make a throwaway domain for it. Don't learn on a business site because you're damaging your mother's business image every time you fuck something up. Image is more important to a new business than the price of hosting.
     
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    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    Good point. After reading through my TOS and what not I have decided to just have her get a cheap host and be done with it. And then in the mean time I will just mess around with a personal site in which noone will go to :cool:


    What's a good cheap reliable host that doesn't require a contract?
     
  17. mace

    mace i don't read

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    Some personal isp's also block the inbound port of 80, so even if you wanted to run a http server you would have to use a different port.
     
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    dreamhost

    :dunno:
     
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    $7 a month is cheaper than the time you'd spend setting this up yourself.
     
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    just use dreamhost and pay the 21 bux for a whole year or if your looking to spend a little more try www.site5.com i've had great luck with them
     

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