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A basic guide on setting up a home-based web server
Authored by: shoobe01 on Apr 08, '09 09:48:51AM

I have had awful luck finding a decent ISP or hosting provider myself. Good if you have.

I do have a few things shared on a home server. Mostly... stuff that exists there. Filemaker databases, for example. And I often want to share large files with others; they are created on that computer so why waste half an hour FTPing to California or Norway when I can take 3 seconds to copy to the shared space? There are scads of good reasons, aside from the satisfaction of hosting yourself.

Security is not that overwhelming. I got hit really hard after I accidentally left NO PASSWORD on my VNC access. For about 15 minutes. My fault. After that, evildoers knew where I was and there were hundreds of requests a minute for a while. Some standard (and mostly defauly) port closing at the router and computer, plus non-stupid passwords, kept it very safe.



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A basic guide on setting up a home-based web server
Authored by: CarlRJ on Apr 08, '09 11:53:52AM
I've recently changed webhosting providers (I'll skip mentioning names to try to avoid an avalanche of "my provider is..." posts), but I _did_ find http://www.webhostingtalk.com/ to be a very useful site for researching providers -- lots of interesting comments from industry insiders, good place to do a search for the name of a prospective provider to see what experiences others have had with them; it's easy to find lots of "top-10 provider" lists, but it's hard to tell which ones are legit vs. marketing... I find a lengthy series of comments on multiple threads, by different people, over a long period of time, to at least _feel_ more trustworthy.

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