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Well, I have a ton of old parts lying around and I kind of want to dabble in hosting a website or two of my own design. I don't have much experience on how to get this up and running. So, what I have right now:

A registered domain from godaddy or whatever site I used 8 months ago (yeaaaahhhh...)
A computer with a p4 2.8, blank HDD. All hardware works fine.
A website I am going to design with html / jquery (dont have right now but im going to make it VERY soon).
Internet @ my house is 40/15... ill be using my residential connection for the time being since I don't even expect any traffic


Id like to stay within a windows framework if possible.

Gods of the server section, please for the love of everything holy, help me with the initial howto... I can't find information ANYWHERE on the web (the stuff I do find ends up being for advanced systems with racks and VMs.... for 1-2 websites I obviously dont want that).

Bonus points if you can stay in a windows environment... if not, then I would need an OS that is EXTREMELY idiot proof. <3
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Since you want to stick with windows look at downlaoding WAMP or XAMPP. This will get you the Apache, MySQL and PHP. There are plenty of guides on how to set it up. Now running on a residential line you may have to have the listener run on a port other than 80 as most ISPs block port 80 on them.
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I had a bit of a search when I first started home hosting a web site but I eventually turned to YouTube (ended up with an XP Apache site).If you can get by the poor audio/video of home made YouTube tutorials you can do it.I had real static IP's to work with so at least that part was easier. The main point in getting an Apache site up is you must make just a few entries/changes to the configuration file and the Apache configuration file is so cluttered with comments it complicates the job.
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Okay so I get apache.

Now what?
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Since you want to stick with windows look at downlaoding WAMP or XAMPP. This will get you the Apache, MySQL and PHP. There are plenty of guides on how to set it up. Now running on a residential line you may have to have the listener run on a port other than 80 as most ISPs block port 80 on them.

I love WAMP, it makes web servers on windows so easy! Personally I still prefer installing apache manually on a linux machine, but WAMP is what I use for windows thumb.gif
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maybe look at running a CMS such as
Wordpress
http://wordpress.com/
Joomla
http://www.joomla.org/
Drupal
http://drupal.org/

A CMS will vastly increase your time to deployment and easy of use as well as ease of updating via a dashboard.. smile.gif
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Okay so I get apache.
Now what?

Go to YouTube and see if you can find a tutorial on just where in the Apache configuration file you have to make your personel changes.If you make the changes correctly,and have your IP and DNS issues worked out correctly (this part was made so much easier by buying static IP's from my ISP) as I was told what DNS IP's to use and I told GoDaddy what IP to associate with my domain name. You will be able to access the Apache home page (index.html) that says "It Works" via your url from a second machine (your website will be on the net).Now you can work on your web pages and at the same time decide on website security.At times I would work with the XP firewall down and at times I was able to get the XP firewall rules to allow access with it still being up.You may want to create an http access page (simply a page that you must put in a password to get to your site).Their are tutorials on how to make this page.

Are you going the static Ip route or are you going to use one of the methods that mimic a static IP? I looked over the second method but at the time I decided on actual static IP's.Perhaps now I would try and save money and do it differently.
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