Hosting Your Own Website





Introduction: Hosting Your Own Website

It's great to have a website, but most hosting services are outrageously expensive. If you are reading this on the internet, then you can easily host your own website for free! Here's how to do it.

Thanks to sparks4289 for clarifications.

EDIT: If any of you care to see my website, it is at It is not quite done yet! By the way, the login scripts on the page are made of the PHP and MySQL from Wampserver, just to show it works. 

Step 1: 2. Preparations

To host your own website, you are going to need to do a few things. 

Log into your routers web page (this is usually

Find both your real IP(What everyone else uses) and your local IP(only you use this one). Be sure to write both of these numbers down.

Step 2: 2. Download the Server Program

To actually HOST the site, you need a good server program. I recommend Wampserver, a program that contains services such as Apache, MySQL, and PHP. First, go to and click on "Download Wampserver 2.0i" and follow the instructions. When done, click on the task bar icon and you should see a menu like the one in picture 2.

Step 3: 3. Write the Website's Code

Write your website's code (HTML, PHP, etc.) and place it in the www folder. This can be accessed by clicking on the www directory icon on the task bar menu.

NOTE: This can take a while even if you are skilled in PHP/HTML. Don't expect it to be easy.

Step 4: 4. Put Online!

Actually putting the website online is the easiest part. Just click on the "Put online" icon in the task bar menu. To find your website at home, type in your 192.168.1.x IP address. To find it anywhere else, type in your IP address. Your website will always be up as long as your computer and internet connection are on.
EDIT: In some cases, you will not have a 'static' IP address. This means that your IP will change every time you go online. In this case, you may need to pay your ISP for a static one. 
CONGRATULATIONS! You now have a fully functional website!



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    your 'private' IP address as you call it is really just your 'local' IP address. The IP your router assigns to your computer for it to function on the network. The 'public' IP address is going to be your real IP and what your ISP provides to you, which depending on your type of service can fluctuate and change regularly. Some ISP's even require you to pay an extra fee to have a fixed, or static IP. Your local IP address can also change, depending on the settings on your router.

    Thanks for the clarification! I'll edit this.

    it's really work

    hosting packages are really cheap these days far cheaper than buying a computer and running the power, but great explination.

    um, for me the router page is usually

    Just gonna throw this in here, most ISPs will eat you alive for hosting a large server from home

    how do i get MySQL?

    I've been hosting my site for a while now

    and a friends site which is under construction rite now

    also if ur isp blocks port 80 outgoing then u can forward any port from the WAN side to ur Local side (ie. port 1337 to port 80)