Picture of How to Start a Home Website/Server
I did this over the weekend because I got bored so enjoy!
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Step 1: What Do You Need?

You need a PC, Mac, or Linux based computer that your not afraid to keep running all day and night.
I am using a broken old Dell Inspiron 6000 with windows XP. Vista works too. To my knowledge all versions of Mac OS X work (I only have leopard)
You will also need software wise:
is your on an pc download and install WAMP
if on a mac download and install MAMP
if on linux install LAMP
if on a pc download and install tightvnc and start the tightvnc server
if on a mac go to system prefs -> sharing -> and turn on screen sharing
if on linux find and install any vnc software if not already installed

Step 2: The setup

Picture of The setup
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Once everything is installed you will need to get some software for writing HTML. You can use Macromedia's Dreamweaver in mac or pc or in a mac you can use iWeb for a graphical interface in mac. Or you can use a simple text editor and just change the extension to .html. Below I will add a snip-it of simple html code that you can put up on your server while you are building it. If you want a blog on your website download wordpress from and follow install instructions. Right now no one but people on your local network can see your web page. In the next step I will explain how to make it available to the public for free without having to buy a domain.

Hi all where this text is replace it with your special message to your future viewers!

admin6 years ago
This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!
If you use ddns, you can get a domain free for a limited time.

Once you start using a web server, you will wonder why you never used one before. I run my private apache web server on an old an old pII. It is currently running Ubuntu though I prefer debian when I am not running centos. I had it on I think ubuntu server 6.x and have done in-place upgrades as they came along the way to 9.x. (i.e. no reformatting or disk wiping). This is an example of the actual web pages i run on it. I have since added doing home automation on it. Keep finding uses for that legacy computer. Microsoft Windows Supporters said I should have thrown away a long time ago. It is not what you use, but how you use it.
SWANKIM5 years ago try it out immediately
jgserd6 years ago
To make a website with your own server, how did you go about registering your domain name? Did that cost money? I am very interested in making my own server and my own website, but don't have tons of money to spend, and don't really want a fee every month.
jonrb jgserd5 years ago
judging by the age of the posts, you have probably already got a website, but i hear that domains are free.
somebody please correct me if i'm wrong! 
.info can cost as low as 89 cents a year if you find the right place to buy a domain.
Hi im not the author but a web designer go to a website like 1/1 and you can get a .com domain for like £8 and a domain for £1
bdk184 (author)  jgserd6 years ago
if you use the DYNDNS service then its free
if you are using linux for this you can do what this guy did.

there are plenty of ftp server programs for linux just google it!
MARCREED5 years ago
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Kasm2795 years ago
you can do a web server with OS9 too, even 8
mrbob10005 years ago

heres mine, i use DYNDNS on my dedicated server
Apparently verizon doesnt like people hosting servers off of residential connections.
There is a stupid fly bouncing around inside a lamp shade,its getting annoying now,Not that it has anything to do.
my site is back up now, its been up for a while now.
Aha, Much better.
what's your site?
bdk184 (author)  blindskull136 years ago the link for the blog is on the bottom and if you want to check out my wiki thats under dev hit up
your site is down?
Yep its down.