This is a continuation of the following thread: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?817302-Web-Hosting-at-home
I am very new here to this forum, I see this is a rather old thread, it does not seem to have gotten very far either. Hope it is ok that I start it again ?
After a very bad experience, with yet another “free hosting” service, 000webhost it dawned on me, it could be a excellent way to go, of course this would depend on ones circumstances, having a good internet connection, etc. Because I am in a place where I do have a good connection, and it appears that this will be a long time, or permanent location for me, and over the years, I have learned enough so that setting up a “home server” is quite a reality for me. It is also something I have thought about, and wanted to do for many years.
You also have to worry about security and other server maintenance considerations
Actually I think this is in reverse, if one has the location, and equipment, or means to get the equipment, it will definitely be more secure, then some “free hosting”, where one does not know anything about the people offering the service, and the administrators, techs,etc at these “free hosting sites”, they all have access to everything in your site, often the maintanace is very poor, support is a bunch of volunteers, that may or may not be qualified,… but any way, that is not really the topic I wish to go into, however the same can apply to paid hosting, in both, you are trusting others, to do things, that affect your website/ or sites and servers, With your own server, and hosting your own sites, you are the one “behind the wheel”, so to speak. So anyway, to start, I need to see that it was ok that I posted in such a old thread, and then if there are any other members here that have some experience, a little or a lot, or others too that are interested is starting a “home server”, maybe it would be better to start a newthread ? because I am not really interested in reasons not to set up a home server, I am more interested in discussiong How to, start a home server.
In one post someone mentioned using Windows 98, I definitely would not use windows, of any kind, as the OS for a server, that is ridiculous, windows is to unstable, to much security risks, simply not suitable for a server, plus way over priced. Linux is what I would be using, not just for econmics, but because it is stable,reliable and secure., but also unix and linux are the OS s I am most familiar with, I suppose one could use windows, but I don’t think I would recomend it, heck, Free Dos could even be used to run a server, but now in 2014, there are better options then DOS.
That is all for now,. I will see , hopefully again it was ok to re-start this thread.