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PostSubject: How to Host Your Own Website for Free   Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:43 pm

A little-known fact about the Web is how easy it is to set up your own website. Instead of paying someone to host your website or using an ad-supported provider, you can host it yourself. Though it takes more time to set up, it has the advantages of being free and more flexible than other solutions.

1. Install a web server. Windows XP Professional, Mac OS X, and most Linux
distributions come with a web server, and you just need to turn it on or install it
from the CD. Software for this can be downloaded from the internet (link
[here] .To use wamp server simply save HTML documents in the www folder of
WAMP server.)
2. Sign up for a DynDNS. It is easier to remember a domain name than your IP
address, and these services give you a domain name that always points to your IP
address, even when it changes.
3. Install the client for the domain name service. This ensures that your domain name
always works.
4. If your computer is firewalled, you need to open port 80 so that the web server is
visible to the outside world. For a software firewall like ZoneAlarm, say yes if it
asks permission for your web server. If you have a hardware firewall (a NAT box
from Linksys or Netgear), you need to forward port 80 to the web server.
5. Visit your new domain name in your web browser. Did it work? Congratulations!
You now have a spot on the web. Since you're hosting it yourself, you can install all
kinds of great software.

* Your ISP might not let you run a website, so ask them before you do this. Some
ISPs don't care unless your website gets very popular. Many ISPs block port 80,
the typical port used to reach a website (if you configure your server to listen on
an alternate port, you might be able to get around that).
* Your website will only be available when your computer is on and your internet
connection is working.
* Your connection's upload speed is probably slower than its download speed, so
your website might be slow. On some routers, there are options available to
modify the transfer data limit. By setting the upload/download speeds equal,
you will be able to upload at the same download speed. Note: Do not set your
upload limit too high, as you may slow your download connection (or
completely stop), making it difficult and lengthly to reset settings. Only
recommended for experienced users.
* You usually need a static IP to host a website. Most ISPs require you to pay
more for a static IP. (Bellsouth, for one.) This is because a domain name is a
alphanumerical way to refer to an IP address. The Domain name will point to
one, and most people have a dynamic IP, which always changes. Not all domain
name services support dynamic IPs.

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