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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys, Shot in the dark here but here is an idea I have.

I currently have a blog.com site for a personal photo blog that I run, and quite often its down and has lots of problems.

I've been thinking of making a switch to another blog host site, then I read about how about with
wordpress (wordpress.com) you can download the a site tool that will allow you to host and run your own .org site.

Now my question is my site currently only gets a few hits a day ( nothing major ) and was wondering what spec requirements are needed to run and host you own server at home.


Currently I have a home media server thats main duty is to run a minecraft and L4D2 server, as well as media storage for my room mates and I movies, music, etc.
the server runs 24/7 and i'm confident my ISP is fast enough to handle the little traffic there is.

I like the idea of this as it gives me unlimited storage ( limited to my server anyway ) and would help streamline my workflow.

Aside from the technical issue of setting it all up, I just dont know what hardware is required to host such a site.

any ideas, tips, pointers, etc is welcome.
I'm completely new to this idea and just exploring some options.
post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by Jixr View Post

Hey guys, Shot in the dark here but here is an idea I have.

I currently have a blog.com site for a personal photo blog that I run, and quite often its down and has lots of problems.

I've been thinking of making a switch to another blog host site, then I read about how about with
wordpress (wordpress.com) you can download the a site tool that will allow you to host and run your own .org site.

Now my question is my site currently only gets a few hits a day ( nothing major ) and was wondering what spec requirements are needed to run and host you own server at home.


Currently I have a home media server thats main duty is to run a minecraft and L4D2 server, as well as media storage for my room mates and I movies, music, etc.
the server runs 24/7 and i'm confident my ISP is fast enough to handle the little traffic there is.

I like the idea of this as it gives me unlimited storage ( limited to my server anyway ) and would help streamline my workflow.

Aside from the technical issue of setting it all up, I just dont know what hardware is required to host such a site.

any ideas, tips, pointers, etc is welcome.
I'm completely new to this idea and just exploring some options.

As far as hosting a WordPress site, I'd highly suggest renting a VPS instead of hosting it yourself. Your ISP may shut you off for hosting a website like that, as most consumer ISPs will.

I pay a mere $6/mo for a 4 CPU core, 2GB RAM, 2GB Swap, and 50GB RAID10 SSD VPS. It runs a WordPress based eCommerce site that has over 1000 pageviews a day, and it doesn't break a sweat. For $4-7/mo, you can just rent a VPS to do what you want. WordPress doesn't take much, and Apache is super easy to set up. There are ways to make it faster/better performing, if you are good with Linux (such as running Nginx, PHP-FPM, APC, and Varnish to host your site). $5/mo is way cheaper than buying dedicated hardware and hoping your ISP doesn't shut you off.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
well, I already have a home server build and could just run it off that.
( 4 core 8gb ram 120gig ssd with a 2TB hdd ) should be plenty.

and with my very limited page views, I doubt my ISP would notice. I also have a very friendly consumer ISP and we have one of the top teir plans so our download, upload speeds are pretty quick.

I would think they would have said something about all the game servers and cloud storage uploads we do before they said anything about hosting a site that gets 1-5 page hits a day.

Basically my reasoning is my current host ( blog.com ) is highly unstable and I with my own server I would have full backups as I've had their service go down and have lost several pages of content before.

This is all just an idea for now. I'll probably end up going to a different blog host site, but just looking at the option of running and owning my own site vs a xxxxx.host.com site
Edited by Jixr - 11/15/13 at 11:10am
post #4 of 9
If you have hardware, why not. I can say that I have the highest tier plan with my ISP and they shut me off for having traffic come in port 80. My ISP (Insight previously, now TWC) has port scans running on common ports looking for open stuff. 21, 23, 80, 443, etc. They don't monitor non standard ports because it's a lot of work.

You could always set you web server up on a non-standard port and do a port redirect from your DNS provider. I've done this in the past.

I just decided that paying for a VPS was easier, than having a public site coming to my one IP. I host that eCommerce store, but also have a tech blog I run which gets maybe 100 views a day.
post #5 of 9
Don't host it from home.

A VPS costs next to nothing and your site is very low traffic. You don't need anywhere near dedicated hardware for it.
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post #6 of 9
I also recommend using a VPS. Mine is $13.95 per quarter with 15GB storage, 256MB RAM (more than enough for my usage), shared 13GHz CPU (not sure the magic they use for this because I haven't looked into it personally) and 500GB bandwidth. Mine is the 2nd tier, and they have several.
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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

As far as hosting a WordPress site, I'd highly suggest renting a VPS instead of hosting it yourself. Your ISP may shut you off for hosting a website like that, as most consumer ISPs will.

I pay a mere $6/mo for a 4 CPU core, 2GB RAM, 2GB Swap, and 50GB RAID10 SSD VPS. It runs a WordPress based eCommerce site that has over 1000 pageviews a day, and it doesn't break a sweat. For $4-7/mo, you can just rent a VPS to do what you want. WordPress doesn't take much, and Apache is super easy to set up. There are ways to make it faster/better performing, if you are good with Linux (such as running Nginx, PHP-FPM, APC, and Varnish to host your site). $5/mo is way cheaper than buying dedicated hardware and hoping your ISP doesn't shut you off.

This sounds like a great deal. Mind sharing the source?
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by lilsjo View Post

This sounds like a great deal. Mind sharing the source?

http://lowendbox.com/blog/aim2game-6month-2gb-ram-50gb-ssd-disk-in-buffalo-ny-usa/

Even though it says 2 CPU Cores, my Webmin for this VPS says:

Processor information Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 V2 @ 3.50GHz, 4 cores
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
well i've been reading more into setting up my site and everything, and here is my question, everywhere I go it seems to me like you have to 'rent' a domain name, on sites like godaddy, etc, do they still own the domain and you just 'lease' it from them?

I want to 100% own mine if its at all possible.

unfortunately my top pick, jixr.com is already taken, and is up on a go daddy auction for 2k which sucks.


though some .names are open, like .us and some other not popular domains.

.com is obviuosly universal, and jixr is pretty much my alias on all game formats ( blizzard, steam, origin ) as well as every online forum i subscribe to.
any ideas?
Edited by Jixr - 11/24/13 at 9:40pm
post #9 of 9
You don't "buy" domain names, but more like register and lease them. Typical .com from GoDaddy will cost you about $10/yr, but you can find coupons to register them for $1.99 for your first year (which is what I do).

If you are hosting a website that you intend to have publicly available, I highly recommend getting a .com. You can always get multiple URLs, or even the same URL with different TLDs, and use 301 redirects.

When I buy a new domain, I buy two years up front. Then every year I add a year. This way, I am renewing a year before it expires to make sure that I don't loose it.
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