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One of the major success stories in the web host industry is how Brent Oxley started HostGator operations from his college dormitory. He started the company with just 3 servers in 2002, and a decade later, the company is now regarded as one of the best web hosting providers (Oxley sold it later on after sparking acquisition interests).
The story alone shows that starting a web server is an inexpensive option, and the initiative is even possible right from the comfort of your home. Apart from saving money on external web host services, you also get the added benefit of greater control over system files, without all the DNS, FTP and other complexities.
Steps Required For The Conversion
1. Download a web server program
Install a reliable web server program from the web. Some of the options available include VAMP, Apache HTTP server and XAMPP. XAMPP is pre-loaded with MySql, Php and Apache, so it is considered ideal for most Windows OS computers by many. Apache HTTP server is also a good option because the program can be installed using the default Apache location and installation settings.
Make sure you have a good internet connection when configuring and setting up the server through the software. Look for an elite internet connection that comes in the form of a bundle because you get added benefits of digital TV, phone etc. You can even save money through coupons for Verizon, AT&T etc.
Do at&t promotional deals really exist? Yes, and some deals even include cinema service as a part of the bundle. Also, you can ask for a static IP from the service provider. Although there are likely to be some charges, a fix IP address provides a unique identity to your server.
2. Point the domain name to the server IP
You need to activate the domain name and point it towards the IP provided by the internet service provider. In case you don’t have one, you can easily register a new one through a domain registrar. As the server is hosted at home, just ‘A records’ are required to be filled with the name of the domain, while the static IP number has to be entered in the ‘IP destination’ section.
If your website was previously hosted on an external server, copy all the files from the cPanel or WMH into the file folder of the web server. The files should be copied to the ‘/index’ folder. It is recommended that you remove the default files in the folder because they may lead to issues of security.
During the process, disable any server software, firewalls and third party IM software. They may prevent proper installation of the home server. The services and tools can be used normally again after the server is up and running.
3. Get started
If there’s no firewall, you can access the server from any computer by typing the IP address in the search bar. You can ask the ISP for the IP address in case you aren’t sure about it, or use any of the third party tools to find out the IP.
However, a firewall protected computer requires the opening up of port 80. You can allow access by going to Advanced Settings of the Windows Firewall. Next, set a new rule and select ‘add a new port’. Now select the option of TCP and specific local port and enter 80 in the text box that appears. Choose allow connection and add a new name for the rule (both for inbound and outbound).
Now check the web server. It will be up and running!
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