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doctordew
02-09-2008, 10:10 PM
So I was reading my Popular Mechanics magazine the other day and saw this article about creating your own server. I thought this would be a great idea for me as I plan to create quite a few smaller blogs and maybe a few smaller websites but wouldn't make back what I paid for hosting. Now my question is how easy would this be? I mean from the sounds of it I simply majorly upgrade the hard drive, and install a few programs onto it. Is there something I'm missing here?

Also here's the article online for those of you who may be interested in doing the same thing.

How to Create Your Own Server (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how_to/4247239.html)


The link may not be exactly what I'm trying to do
I'm just trying to make a server where I can host my own websites.l

maxvee8
02-09-2008, 10:25 PM
seems quite cool i have alot of old PCs could try and make use of them! might give it a go at sum point. good find

GO ILLINI
02-09-2008, 11:25 PM
you don't even need to upgrade hard drives very much... or at all. Right now my main home webserver has a old 40GB IDE HD in it... Web pages are incredibly tiny.

Also it is very easy to set up your own server.

I would recommend:
OS: Centos (linux)
domain name: from dyndns.org
webserver program: apache
database program: mysql

A basic install of most Linux distros includes everything you need. (webserver, database, email)

-Adam

Only after making my response did I click on the link you gave. Now I realize that you probably meant media server. I have some advice here also.
I would recommend:
os: Win xp
ram: around 1GB is enough
hd: enough for your movies and everything 500 is usually good for most people
processor: 1.6 is really enough with a pent 3 or 4
media program: mediaPortal (I use this and i absolutely love it)

doctordew
02-10-2008, 12:29 AM
I guess I'm a bit confused. I guess that link just gave me the idea. To clear it up, this server is for the purpose of hosting my websites.

_Aerospace_Eng_
02-10-2008, 03:28 AM
Check with your ISP first. Many ISPs disallow their members to host their own servers. I to thought about this but it wasn't worth the hassle. I pay 12 US dollars a YEAR for hosting. It only allows one domain though. Their next plan is 60 dollars a year and allows up to 5 domains.

Cymy
02-10-2008, 04:04 AM
I used to own a web hosting company. Until around our fifth year in business, we built all of our own servers from scratch--the first one was put together almost with bubble gum and rubber bands! I bought the 200MHz CPU on eBay, the 32MB of RAM and hard drive from CompUSA, used a donated case, and set it up as a colocated server at a local ISP. A year later we'd essentially taken over their small satellite office with 20+ systems, all built from scratch--so we got a T1 line into our basement and moved them home. A year after that we had to break down and rent an office and set up an actual datacenter--things had gotten too big for the basement. We were using whopping 500MHz processors by then. ;) We even used regular tower cases for the servers for several years until we were able to find cheap 1u rackmount cases.

After the CPUs hit 2GHz prices for pre-built systems had dropped far enough that we just bought new "servers" off the shelf from CompUSA or Dell.

So yes, you absolutely can build your own server--but you need to find a place to host it unless you have an agreement with your ISP which allows you to run a server from home. I've run the numbers a few times over the past couple years since selling the company. I find it is still cheaper to go with a dedicated server with a reliable host--there is a lower start-up and monthly cost than colo-ing--plus, you're not held liable for the equipment in the event that it fails, they have to replace it. If you own the server and it fails, your sites are down until you can fix the server (if it is hosted at home) or until you can get someone else to get parts and fix it (if it is hosted beyond driving distance).

The biggest problem we ran into in building and hosting our own servers is that we had to have enough spare parts in stock to be able to replace any possible failed piece of equipment--that meant that if we bought a $600 processor, we had to buy a spare that just sat around and gathered dust as well. It's hard to do on a budget--we managed by buying the same equipment as often as possible so that one spare would do for several servers, with the hope that only one would fail at a time.

Right now I have a single dedicated server for my own sites and those of a few clients with a highly reliable company--I pay more than average for service, but it is worth it. In a year and a half I've only noticed one short network outage of several minutes... I don't keep track because I've never needed to with them.

The beautiful thing about Linux is that you can get away with minimal hardware and still have a functional server that runs well. If you're set on building your own server, definitely do it but try it with a lower-end system than you think you actually need first--you might be surprised.

Good luck!

Cymy

doctordew
02-10-2008, 10:42 PM
Wow that was informative cymy. Yeah if it's my own site I'm not all that desperate in fixing the server if it breaks. I mean I know I need to get it up fast or I could lose readers however since I'm not selling access to it I wouldn't need to have it fixed asap. I guess I'll have to check with my ISP provider. I use cable internet, anybody know for a fact that it's a no?

_Aerospace_Eng_
02-10-2008, 11:34 PM
Wow that was informative cymy. Yeah if it's my own site I'm not all that desperate in fixing the server if it breaks. I mean I know I need to get it up fast or I could lose readers however since I'm not selling access to it I wouldn't need to have it fixed asap. I guess I'll have to check with my ISP provider. I use cable internet, anybody know for a fact that it's a no?
It varies among ISPs.

sybil6
02-11-2008, 05:56 PM
I pay 12 US dollars a YEAR for hosting.
what isp is this? is it fast enough?

GO ILLINI
02-11-2008, 06:46 PM
Chances are hes talking about a hosting company rather then an ISP.
The cheapest internet I personally can(and do) get is 1.5mbps down and 416mbps up from at&t DSL. I have 2 connections in my house. 1 for my servers and 1 for the PC's. The 416 is enough for about 4 low traffic sites (about 5000 hits/month for each).

sybil6
02-11-2008, 09:56 PM
Chances are hes talking about a hosting company rather then an ISP.
yes sorry i ment hosting company

_Aerospace_Eng_
02-11-2008, 10:08 PM
yes sorry i ment hosting company

http://www.siteflip.com

They fit my needs. They are up to date with php and mysql. For a small personal site they seem just fine.

outseeker
02-19-2008, 12:18 PM
You will likely find the bandwidth usage too high if you run the web server from your own computer. If your ISP provides web storage, you can host all the images from there, and still run the website from your own PC though. Tidy option. :) As you initially said, free and with images all coming from elsewhere, very little internet overhead 4 u.



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