I was just wondering how i would go about creating a server for a games site or forum. I need help with things like: 1) What server to buy and what type? 2) What software i need and how to install? 3) Do i need 2 phone lines one for server one for computer? 4) how to add my domain name to my server? If anybody could help me out i would be very greatful thank you. Scott.:)
1. Any computer made in the last 5 years would suit for a small site, for instance a site with a maximum of ten people online before seeing speed decreases. You can buy professional servers from places like Dell or make your own too, but these are most suited to massive sites and aren't worth it unless you're going to be hosting large files. If you can get a cheap computer with an Intel Xeon processor then go for it, but honestly anything from a Pentium 2 and up should work ok. 2. There are a few server software programs out there, but in my opinion the best is Apache Web Server - http://www.apache.org/. It is open source so is non-profit and Sourceforge sites always rock. However another team of coders has taken Apache and added lots of features like SQL databases, Control Panels etc, the full loadout. It is called Apache2Triad, and is available here. It comes with a massive manual, so it should be fine to install. 3. You don't need one, no. You can purchase a router or hub which will allow you to connect more than one computer to the incoming phoneline. 4. Short of telling every nameserver in the world that your domain exists, you can get your own nameservers for free from Afraid.org. Basically you just buy a domain name and have it point to the nameservers Afraid.org give you. You configure your account on Afraid.org to look for the website on your server after giving it your IP, and you tell your server to send information to that nameserver. It is complicated to explain how to set up Apache without doing it yourself, so you're on your own there. I found the instuctions fine however. One more thing: Make sure you have a static IP address, otherwise as soon as you have a powercut you will have to reset your nameservers and IP which takes ages. Good luck!
Thanks for that information. I have one more question to ask what is a static IP address and how would I go around getting one?
You should be able to get a static IP address from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) for a small surcharge on your current membership fee.
Ok Thank you. You have been very helpful I will let you know when it is up and runing so you can see what you think. Laterz Scott
Are you really thinking of hosting a website and a game on your dialup from home? if you are then let me save you time by saying its not even worth it.
Pestilence64Are you really thinking of hosting a website and a game on your dialup from home? if you are then let me save you time by saying its not even worth it.
Indeed. If you want to host anything then you need a mother of a connection with an extremely good upload speed at the very least. If you're hosting a forum that's going to be more popular than your average skunk you'll also need a decent computer for the server. As Pestilence said, if you only have dial-up, forget it. In any case you're probably best to simply buy yourself some hosting from professionals who know what they're doing. We can help you out in that respect too.
Hosting a site on dial-up?
Not knowing what a static IP is?
Perhaps you shouldn't be considering running a game site....
[color=black][color=black]Lol I mean do I need to connection one for the server one for me but i already know. I have 4mb broadband not dialup. I do have one more question do you need to install XP to use apache2triad1.5.2?[/color]
[color=black]Thank you for your help[/color]
yes you do need XP installed, you need an operating system to run the game.