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I'm not sure about this subject but i'm looking to start my own web site from home. I have a server and am looking for the experience to host my own site. What other hardware and services do I need... is it worth my time and effort?
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Paul

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bretto032699Commented:
definately worth your time and effort....
if your system is microsoft, use nt or win2k, make sure it's server, workstation/professional will work, but not as well... on the server, install IIS. You will need a static IP from your ISP, and you will want a firewall (blackice is free). There's a lot to setting it up, but it's a great learning experience...
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PaulCr125Author Commented:
bretto,

I have NT Server 4.0 Ent SP6. With 3 Win 98 & 1 Win 2K workstations. I have a Linksys 4 port Router / Switch as my firewall. My ISP (Road Runner Cable Modem) does not issue static IP's. Is that a problem? IIS is installed... what version should I have? The site design should not be a problem.. but I want my server to host the site. Do I need additional phone lines, modems? I already have 3 network cards in the server.

Paul
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bretto032699Commented:
you can run a site with just a server and a phone line... access won't be great... I would recommend getting DSL over your existing phone line.. you can talk and have Internet access simultaneously...NT has the ability to "stack" modems so that you could use say 2 56K modems together for one line, but DSL is cheap, it doesn't require any "extra" phone lines, and you get much better bandwidth. I wouldn't recommend trying to let people access your site with less than 256KBPS.

make sure on your NT that you install the NT option pack. This will install IIS 4, that is plenty. you will only need one network card if you get a hub, then you can network all your machines and use your NT server as a proxy to the internet.

Static IP will be a problem. In order for people to reach your site, you will have to own a domain name (registered through internic.net). this domain name will be tied directly to an IP address. A dynamic address is not a possible way to go. You might ask them if they make special cases for people who wish to "own" an IP address.
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stevenlewisCommented:
You may want to look into having someone host your site, such as www.networksolutions.com
most isp's frown upon someone hosting a website thru them. If you decide to host your own, then as advised you will need to register your domain name, and get a static ip address. NT 4.0 w/sp6a and IIS is good, and definitely get a firewall
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PaulCr125Author Commented:
bretto,
   Have the Router/ Switch that acts as a firewall, PC's are already sharing an Cable internet connection. This is not a must, its a project, a hobby, a passion, an obsession. Like the server I just bought, I need it like I need a hole in the head, but I love it and the WEB site is my next natural progression. I am a DBA /Developer (SQL Server) by profession and the Web site will be my retirement project (in 5 years). Thanks so much for the informative answers.

Paul
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