Originally Posted by libervisco
I am wondering, does anyone of you host your site or sites from your own home server? If yes, how does it goes? How do you maintain it and ensure that it's 100% or 99% online. How do you manage power outages and similar troubles? And what are is your conection to the net for it?
Additionally, does anyone has a hosting service offering space from your own home servers?
It is against the rules of most ISP's to run a dedicated Web server on their leased network lines UNLESS you lease a dedicated network line such as a T-1 or OC-12 or whatever then it shouldn't matter. Yes it is definitely against the rules of Cable providers to host a Webserver on their lines, and using a dial-up account is not enough but also against the rules.
Assuming that was not the case (well I dno), I host my own site BUT I actually lease a dedicated server out of Houston, TX so the site does not reside on my home pc. But it is a dedi, thus it is my own server (not true because it is leased thus it belongs to another co., but every other admin in the world leases a dedi calls it their own so now I do it too). So then that is another way people are making you THINK they're hosting a site on their 'own' pc when in reality that is not the case.
But if you have the bandwidth and you really want to put it on your home pc then what you need next is an OS and a Web Server (http:// server + admin) programs. You can use Windows or Unix, for Windows I think you're basically setup but you need the server + admin and this usually costs money but there may be Open source, dno. For Unix there are many OS's like Redhat, Debian, Suse, etc, and a lot of is free and then you also still need the administration proggie thou I might recommend Webmin as it is free:
So like you might go with a flavor of Redhat + Apache + Webmin
Redhat - OS
Apache - http:// server
Webmin - admin
That is so basically you need an OS and the http: server and then the web-based interface for system administration and you're ready to host your own service. MOST people who host sites on their 'own' computer actually lease a dedicated server and then rent out the unused portion as virtual hosting accounts which helps pay for the server.
For reasonably priced dediservers you might check with ev1servers.net
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