Host my own website

  CLONNEN 19:26 30 May 2006

How hard is it to host your own website from home?

I have a network drive (Lacie EDMini) which states it can be accessed via HTTP so can I use it to host a website?

Am I allowed to host a website over my Broadband connection (

How would I link a domain name to the Network Drive and would I be able to restrict other files stored on the drive from being accessed by web surfers?

  Forum Editor 19:45 30 May 2006

I very much doubt it - Virgin might have something to say about your bandwidth consumption, if your site got at all busy.

Frankly, hosting from home just isn't a viable proposition, although it might be fun to try. You'll need to run your web-server 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you'll need a fixed IP address - something Virgin probably won't be too keen to give you. The world is fast running out of available IP addresses, and all ISPs have a strictly-controlled allocation.

Apart from that, you'll need a good firewall, and I don't mean the type you download free of charge, and you'll need a reasonable working knowledge of web server technologies. You'll also need to run a nameserver, so you can host your domain name.

Unless you are dead set on doing this I advise you to forget the idea. If you are dead set, then ask away, and we'll try to help as much as possible.

  CLONNEN 19:57 30 May 2006

Guess I'll just have to pay for proper web hosting. Having seen Web Server programs knocking around the internet I wondered if there was a free way of doing it.

Is any good? They seem to have a good range of features (CGI, Form Builder, Newsletter etc.) although I probably won't be using most of the features. 800MB of webspace seems a lot more than I actually need.

  ade.h 21:10 30 May 2006

You can get better value and better service than 1and1. Webmania for example. Or Heart Internet. Or Streamline even.

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