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If I was to do something like install a server operating system on an old computer, could I use that to host my own website? Without having to pay any web hosting or like fees? I realize the computer would have to be on all the time, and it might wind up being more expensive in the long run, but I'm just looking for a new project.
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You'd have to contact your ISP and have them establish a static IP for you, register your address, and pray your ISP will even allow web-hosting.

Contact them for all the info. Minus the registering the domain part; google that for more info.

And you don't necessarily need a server OS to host a web page. You can host a web page on a XP Pro box, or better yet, a slim Linux install w/ a HTTP Daemon.
    
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Not sure. I'd also like to know. I think that even if it did work, you obviously wouldn't have a .com or etc domain. It'd just be an IP address I guess? Anyways, if it were to work something like that, you'd also have to consider the major security concerns with hosting a website off your personal network.
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You need a server program (many free ones avaliable or a server O.S.


Any computer will work but preferribly has more Ram then a normal one eg a pentium 2 with 512mb instead of 64mb. It will also need faster then normal drives (scsi) and higher FSB and fast input output is the most important !

The other guy has the first steps right
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Thanks for the information and quick replys! I'm 90% sure that I have a static ip as it is, and 95% sure my ISP allows web-hosting.

I'm looking up some other stuff now, like the domain names, different options for hosting, and the security issue. I suppose basic firewalls aren't enough these days?

I was leaning towards having a Linux based server, anyone have any recommendations in that department? Again, thank you for the help.
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Thanks for the information and quick replys! I'm 90% sure that I have a static ip as it is, and 95% sure my ISP allows web-hosting.

I'm looking up some other stuff now, like the domain names, different options for hosting, and the security issue. I suppose basic firewalls aren't enough these days?

I was leaning towards having a Linux based server, anyone have any recommendations in that department? Again, thank you for the help.
Ubuntu Server is free and is a bit more secure than just throwing a XP box to the wolves, can be made bullet-proof with a few modifications.

If you wish for perfect optimization however go with a slack-ware type Linux distro like Gentoo.

And if you register your domain you will get one of those ".com's" a poster above was referring to.
    
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Sounds good to me. I'll start looking into the Linux options now, they seem to fit into my budget perfectly.

And for those ".com" domains, there seems to be a lot of different sites to choose from. Are there any that stand out from the rest of the crowd here? The only site I have recognized so far is godaddy.com.

I might wind up going with them, I don't really care where I get it from, as long as no one pulls a swift one on me.
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Sounds good to me. I'll start looking into the Linux options now, they seem to fit into my budget perfectly.

And for those ".com" domains, there seems to be a lot of different sites to choose from. Are there any that stand out from the rest of the crowd here? The only site I have recognized so far is godaddy.com.

I might wind up going with them, I don't really care where I get it from, as long as no one pulls a swift one on me.
Too be honest I'm not entirely sure how godaddy (or any registering 3rd party for that matter ) operates. They have to answer to some authority otherwise entering google.com would only get you google.com like 1% of the time, and some random porn site the other 99% time. So long as it doesn't seem like an outrageous sum I would just choose whichever registering service suits your fancy.

Edit: I once knew the name of that mysterious authority, but it eludes me now.
    
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ICANN.org is the authority you are thinking of. But the registering of domains is done through third parties.

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ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. These include domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .UK), as well as the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols. Computers use these identifiers to reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's ongoing security and stability.
I have used quite a few different registars in my time for establishing domains. Domain names are cheap no matter how you look at it. I personally now only use networksolutions.com. They are probably the largest, and I love there DNS tools.
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www.1and1.com has very cheap domains.
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