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how do i set up a small personal server?

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  1. blackecho

    blackecho Thread Starter

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    ok, i'm wanting to set up my own website server here on my desktop pc. it's always connected by cable internet and is never used except to download stuff. it's a decent comp, p4 2.4ghz, 1024mb ram, 120gig harddrive. i'm running winxp home. anyway, i want to be able to connect to it and update the site from school or from my laptop. how can i do this?
     
  2. AlbertB

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    Be careful here BE, there are a number of issues to consider.

    What type of site is it to be? You should estimate the traffic you are likely to receive and make sure your available bandwidth will cope with it. To get the levels needed to run a moderately successful site you may need to consider paying for more.

    Also, is it allowed by your ISP? If they think you are just a home user and discover you are running a very busy site they will be extremely pi.... unhappy! :D

    Other more knowledgeable guys will probably come in on this and give you deeper info, but think about it before you get too deep in.
     
  3. blackecho

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    i'll probably only get about 10-15 hits a day, so it's probably nothing to worry about. i'm just making a site to post some nifty info about how to pimp out the desktop and how to hack windowz. so it shouldn't be anything to strenous. i just don't want to pay some other service for something i can do for free (and i dislike adds, so most of the free sites are out).
     
  4. Elvandil

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    So basically you want a small HTTP server for your aquaintances. Many ISP's frown on this and it is probably a violation of your TOS (Terms of Service). That being said, most ISP's don't really care about small servers that don't appreciably increment your traffic. Many of us run them.

    There are many small and free servers.
    http://www.snapfiles.com/get/xitami.html
    http://www.aprelium.com/abyssws/
    http://www.simtel.net/product.php?id=71100
    http://192.216.113.29/deepforest/quik.htm

    My favorites:
    http://www.pablovandermeer.nl/web_server.html
    http://www.freewareweb.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?ID=1656

    Of course, XP has its own server software, but it can be complex if you want small and simple.
     
  5. blackecho

    blackecho Thread Starter

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    comcast is my isp, i can't believe that i pay 45 dollars a month and they can *****. at me for having a server...
     
  6. Elvandil

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    I wouldn't worry about it if you don't expect much traffic. Most of these servers allow you to use a different port than the usual 80 and ISP's tend not to even check the activity on other ports. Your site address would then be your IP followed by the port number, like this:
    http://0.0.0.0:85
    for port 85.

    They just don't want you using more bandwidth than you pay for and you won't get any "drop-in" traffic if you are not on port 80 which is where browsers look by default.
     
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    Would you mind explaining that a bit?
     
  8. JohnWill

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    Welcome to the club! :D:D:D I just noticed this on your sig! [​IMG]
     
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    lol, thanks, john, you'll remember when I asked you to email me a while back ;) I think your email address didn't like me, but I wanted to ask if you went to Redmond. Feel free to email me again ;)
     
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    sure acacandy- i have used windows all my life and compared to linux (which is another system that I've used for a while) it is cake. but it's too easy for me sometimes. i dislike explorer (mainly because it enjoys consuming system resources and crashing) so I've changed quite a few things around. for instance, i don't use the explorer shell or the explorer file system anymore. when you get rid of these things, and with a little registry knowledge (along with the resource hacker program) you can do many wonderful things. you can make windows do what you want it to do, instead o vice versa. that's what my site is about, i tell folks how to do what i've done and what kind of benefits you can receive by un-windowing Windows (including a wonderful speed and stability boost. but of course, there are always those out there who enjoy the vanilla system and dislike the possibility of screwing up their systems, so on my site i will tell those folks how to make their desktops more attractive (like make them look like the Mac's Aqua or Linux's KDE or Gnome.
     
  12. ~Candy~

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    Thanks for that explanation, I wasn't the only one wondering what you meant ;)
     
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    Actually, you can go further. You can ditch explorer totally, instead of just theming it.
     
  15. blackecho

    blackecho Thread Starter

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    exactly, just like what i did. no more explorer for me... stinky explorer. i want to be able to teach people how to do this, plus much more, easily and quickly.
     
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