How do you know it hasn't been hacked? And what happens when someone hacks this website and uses that as a springboard to hit the rest of the network?
This is why I would have the server on its own modem, completely separate from any other networks, Same as his reply, I am not going to be starting with anything big, just a small website, and a couple of forums,. But even on bigger sites, the access logs, if reviewed regularly , show a lot. Up until now I had never heard of Azure, or AWS, so I did a google. Microsoft and any "windows" products, I stay away from, very insecure,unreliable, I use only linux, and open source software. I have heard NASA, uses Linux, and I believe that, they need a high level of security, and reliability, but that would be another topic , I think. There is a reason though, that most servers and webhosts use either Linux or unix.
I shouldn't think we would be any more at risk than your average home user who accesses the internet from his windows machine and has installed a standard vurus scanner.
You are probably at considerably less risk, if you are using linux.
What happens if you go away on holiday and something goes wrong.
That is a good question, and would be something to consider, but also usually things can be done "remotely" too. In my case, I don't have the money, nor the desire to go anywhere , taking "holidays", is not part of my life style. However someone that is very seldom at home, often traveling around, taking holidays, well probably they would not want to take on a project like this.
I suppose it would be interesting to try but I do not think you could run an important site like this.
To start with , I don't have the kind of experience needed to manage a site like this one, also, I am sure it takes a lot more then just 1 person. That leads to a question I had been wanting to ask, though, it is "off topic", but any way, what kind of forum software are they using here ? or is it "custom written" by members of the SitePoint team ?
The website,and forums I would have, will not be very "popular" not high traffic, I am using a paid host at this time, but really the traffic I get does not warrant that. In our community, there is nothing for the young people, students, no internet cafe, There are a few kids, that have a genuine interest in learning more, but also no one to teach them, setting up our own server. hosting our own site, will be a very valuable experience for not only me, but some of the kids that have interest.
I had not mentioned any thng about the TOS, because I thought that is a obvious thing, obviously everything needs to be in agreement with the TOS of the internet provider.
The internet cafes will probably be paying a business rate much higher than you will be paying.
That depends, there are some government programs here, that help communities that don't have resources such as internet cafes, because our community (pueblo) dose not have that, the rates are lower, and the government has a program where they pay part of it.