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Installing a server for wordpress and similar

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I would like to create some websites using wordpress joomla or similar.
I would prefer to install my own server.

Perhaps I should purchase a new small inexpensive server with a php/linux type operating system.

Can anyone suggest where I may get some good information for this exercise please?

Many Thanks
John
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Hello John,

This requires extremely much knowledge. Security, updates, managing server, databases, etc.. etc.. It is not like just install the operating system and you are ready to go online.

You need really good internet connection. If you are running server, your download speed will not be that important as much as your UPLOAD SPEED. When a visitor will visit your website, starting to download the content of the website from server, it means, server is uploading these information. Depending on the website / information your server is going to send to the visitor, you will need more and more upload speed if you would like to provide fast pages to your visitors.

Security and other management issues will make you sit and read & practice about what you learned. Don't forget, if it was that easy, you would see billions of datacenters over internet today. Network / Server administrators requires huge amount of knowledge.

That's why it is easier and cheaper to buy hosting. If everyone who wants to open a website would need to be a server administrator, there wouldn't be a lot of websites on the internet.

Anyway, if you want to install it on your localhost and make some tests / development than I would suggest XAMPP. You don't need to know linux etc. It can run under windows.

Now back to your question, if you want to publish a website just for your friends etc ( limited people will visit, only the ones you allow / believe me you won't be able to have a lot of visitors if you don't have really good upload speeds) you can configure your router, to redirect all in-coming request for specific port to your xampp computer so visitors could access your website with your IP (such as http://95.85.127.25/yoursite/).

 If you want a better looking address, to make it for free, you could go with DynDNS. Which will give you domain names like http://yourname.dyndns.org, etc..

 In anyway, getting a hosting for your website and for testing your development before publishing it over internet installing XAMPP to your computer is the best solution.

 I hope this helps.
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Thanks for that very useful information,

My upload speed is usually about .3 mb/s.

Do you know of any free hosting servers (for testing)
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Very many thanks for all the help, wonderfull !
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