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#1 10 years ago

Ok. I'm going to have another computer soon. Its going to a basic Dell home comp that I'm going to get for probably 30 dollars. Its for me to mess around with. What I want to do is run a website on it. It will probably come with XP installed then again maybe not. I want to run either a website or a forum from it. What will I need to do that? The HDD will be completely black aside from the OS (if it comes with one), some RAM, and maybe a monitor. What I'm getting at is: -What software will I need (Apache, MySQL, etc.)? -Will I need to download/install a Cpanel? -How much RAM will I need for it to run ok? -What about a domain name? -Anything else I need to know?




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#2 10 years ago

Um? The money you'll be spending on getting everything setup for your own server, you could spend on renting one such as that of dreamhost.com

THe Cpanel you typicaly have to build yourself, however, you have driect access to the computer/server so it is not needed unless you plan on providing subdomains to users in other countrys (like me, so i can do stuff) etc

Ram is dependent on yourself, if you want it to host subdomains, then you'll need a fair chunk. If its only going to host your own website, then a nice 1 - 2gb should be pleanty Domain Names start at 10USD a yr, I suggest go daddy for them, and google some coupons to reduce the price further. YOu need fast internet, and alot of downloads (As in, the fastest internet you can get, and unlimited downloads/uploads) Slow internet just won't cut it with a server




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#3 10 years ago

If you want to use it strictly as a development box for testing purposes then I'd recommend XAMPP. It's a neat little package that includes all the bare essentials for a WAMP webserver (Apache, PHP, mySQL, phpMyAdmin, etc), however it is not designed for outside use, as there are a number of gaping security holes in the default configuration that it uses.

If you want to host a website on it properly, therefore, you'd be best installing and configuring Apache, PHP and MySQL yourself. A domain name is essential (unless you want your visitors to memorize a bunch of numbers which rotate on a bi-monthly basis; perhaps not the best strategy), and they can be acquired for mere pennies these days. All you need to do is make sure it's pointed at the right location and you're set.

In all honesty, though, you'd be better off signing up for an account at a registered webhost and letting them worry about the technical side of things whilst you concentrate on more important matters - such as ensuring that your website works correctly before you publish it. It's far less hassle, and believe me, it makes a big difference in your workload.




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#4 10 years ago

^He's right, rent a host, it'll be cheaper in alot of the case's, and is alot easy to maintain. Just don't do what I did, and rent a server before the website is built, because now I have a 2 week deadline to get FileKings up, otherwise I am closing my hosting account because I can't afford to rent it for much longer (As in, I have 2 weeks before my account is closed due to lack of payment!)




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#5 10 years ago

So basically, that computer would only be good for like a home network server. But if I get around to it, I could purchase a premium server host with a domain, buy either IPB or vB, and set that up. Hmmm.




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#6 10 years ago

I have no idea what you just said really. But.... The computer would be best as a home network server, OR a smoothwall Purchasing a server rent package is the best option, its cheaper, and alot easier...I personally recommend dreamhost, they host FileKings.org for me, and I couldn't be happier with them. VB is very expensive (120USD) use PHPBB, its free and easy to use, downside though is that it doesn't have anywhere near the features of VB




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#7 10 years ago

Yes, I know vB is expensive but I would probably go with the leased license instead of the owned license. I might even use IPB (more expensive than vB).




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#8 10 years ago

Mk, if you do go the lease license of VB, its just wasting money, you may aswell spend the 120USD and have it for life, rather then the 60USD (or close to) and only have it for a year. And im googling IPB now




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#9 10 years ago

IPB = like 160-180 bucks (so I have heard)




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#10 10 years ago

mk, but IPB suck lol. Well IMO they do, I rather VB all the way. Although, IPB do look more professional...

PS. Why does Fall Out Boy not put full songs on their myspace?! GAH!




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