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Ever wanted to have a place where you could keep your files and access them anywhere you get an Internet connection? Say you wanted to have your music library available in case you wanted to give a song to one of your friends, or maybe you wanted to let your relatives download your entire library of vacation photos, or maybe you need a place to host programs you write or maps you make. How about a Web page? Ever wanted to have your own Web page? All of these can be accomplished with a home Web server...and more!

It's actually really simple to set up a Web server at home. I'm going to use this while I'm away at college to host game servers, have an offsite file backup, and share files with friends. Since the PC hosting the server will be at my house and I will be in my dorm room, obviously I can't just walk over and start changing system settings, so we'll need some kind of remote access.

Also, obviously, you'll need a dedicated PC, one you can leave running and leave connected at all times. What good is a server that goes down all the time? This PC doesn't have to be great, but remember, the more you run on it, the faster the PC needs to be to not lag (duh).

Step 1: Acquire a dedicated PC

This step may be easy for some and hard for others. I already had a PC that I wasn't really using (it originally was my parents old PC, but then it died and I rebuilt it with cheap parts, but since I already had a PC I didn't really use it much).

System specs:

AMD Sempron 64 2600+ (overclocked to 1.85 GHz)
1.5GB DDR RAM
nVidia GeForce4 MX420 64MB (GPU really not important, servers don't need good video cards, even integrated is plenty)
60GB hard drive (IDE) (not that good for a server, but good enough, I didn't want to spend any money on this)
DVD and CD drive (you'll need at least a CD drive to install the OS, other than that, not necessary)
3 Ethernet cards (you'll need at least 1)

This system performs very well as a server, so anything over this would perform even better. This PC cost about $100 to rebuild (already had RAM, case, optical drives, and hard drive though) and that was late 2007 that I rebuilt it.
What about a dot onion?
<p>Also, what about using a .tk domain? It's a free domain, have you had experience with it?</p>
<p>How do you know if you can overclock your processor?</p>
<p>Thank you bro, very helpful tutorial!</p>
<p>Thank you bro, very helpful tutorial!</p>
<p>Thank you bro, very helpful tutorial!</p>
<p>Thank you bro, very helpful tutorial!</p>
<p>Thank you bro, very helpful tutorial!</p>
<p>This is a really good guide, I am just wondering whether to even host my own server or not and what <em>I</em> could use it for!</p>
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<p>bad site</p>
<p>i am in the process of doing this and i hit the road block like a couple people. i keep getting the error connot find package for both proftp and the gadmin-ftp. i hope someone can help me with this.</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>I would like to know, if I have a web server on a linux embedded systems, that it works FINE with localhost:8080 or the LAN IP adress 192.168.1.107:8080, and it is connect via dongle WIFI usb, </p><p> IF is it possible to see this local host via ethernet (eth0) in other PC.</p><p>I mean, I want to see in a really local way this web server, through another network interface, by connect this device to my laptop, without a LAN network, only PC- DEVICE via Eth0</p><p>could you help me with that.</p><p>thank you.</p>
<p>I got a problem with installing 'gproftpd' getting:&quot;E: Couldn't find package gproftpd&quot; . The packet got renamed to 'gadmin-proftpd'</p>
<p>yaa same problemo with me - it turns out the package is now called gadmin-proftpd.</p><p>so type &quot;sudo apt-get install gadmin-proftpd&quot;</p>
<p>yaa same problemo with me - it turns out the package is now called gadmin-proftpd.</p><p>so type &quot;sudo apt-get install gadmin-proftpd&quot;</p>
<p>yaa same problemo with me - it turns out the package is now called gadmin-proftpd.</p><p>so type &quot;sudo apt-get install gadmin-proftpd&quot;</p>
<p>Thanks for this infomation... It is useful for me... Thanks so much</p>
<p>servers are easy to setup on most pcs even if you are runing xp your looking for xampp well it looks like the guy that made this thread did all you really need if its a simple site your after is an HTTP SERVER, a software download use a free one you add your web page into the servers public file via ftp server software.... us lets say noip to root the internet to your pc, set your box at the wall to run HTTP webpages on port 80 jobs done</p>
<p>hello, thx it is really helpful, i can acces from other computer to the webpage using the local ip, but with the internet ip prompts for an username and password, not sure whats wrong. Any help would be apreciated. Thx!!</p>
<p>Thank you very much! It's works great!! (without ftp, error login 503, login incorect).</p>
<p>I have started the install process (step 3). I've elected to install Ubuntu with Windows 7. When I reboot my laptop I do not get the operating system bootloader (GRUB). What corrective actions do you recommend? Thank you.</p>
<p>you have to change the way your BIOS loads your OS, originally with windows installed it only looks to windows, you have to point it at ubuntu first and then it will go to GRUB which you will then use to pick windows or Ubuntu</p>
Please, will it be nice to set this up for a Business?<br>As in, will it be reliable to do this and start hosting customers' websites on it?<br>Instead of godaddy, bluehost etc, people can start using my own webserver.<br><br>What do you think?<br>Will it be efficient?
<p>You could start your own server and host clients websites however unless you have someone who knows how to do this sort of thing (someone with a degree in Comp Sci) I wouldn't suggest it. It wouldn't be very efficient or secure for you're clients and unless you have a ton of money you wouldn't be able to compete with the bigger server names that you named above. This post is more for personal use, If you would want to start a business doing it, I'd suggest finding someone who knows how to do this without looking at an instructable. </p>
<p>Hello everybody,</p><p>I have a question for the Author.</p><p>I have a HP Compaq 2008-09 Dual Core 2.6 (station PC not laptop) with 500 GB, 5GB Ram, internal GRAFIC Card, DVD-ROM, and all that comes with..</p><p>Will a server function as this would be the hardware?</p><p>What should I use to put it together O.S. - use for personal use and small business, mom store, so no one can give us a penalty - should I buy software???</p><p>I have never put server together - many PC,s but server never ???!!!</p><p>Thx much</p>
<p>If you want build server with a low power consuption you could also use one of the new Mini-ITX motherboards, they only need about 20 Watt and are therefore quiet cost efficient if you want to run your server 24/7. At this website such a server setup is described: www.techscatter.com/Hosting-at-home/</p>
<p>DynDNS</p>
<p>I be new on instructables.....</p><p>Question... My Internet privider change every 24 hours my IP.....</p><p>These is problem, while today is domain with one IP, tomorow with another etc... </p><p>If I wish only one IP, als provider, this cost to much.....</p><p>Thanks, and This what You write of home server is whery good... BRAVO!!!!</p><p>goran, MyPrototips</p>
<p>you can increase the least time on your router settings. </p>
<p>Contact your provider and ask for a static IP.<br>Make sure your PC's local IP is also static.<br></p>
I have pc of intel duel core 2.6 GHZ 2gb ddr 2 ram givabyte G31 mother bord now how can i create won web server i also have broad-brand connection but not real ip now what can i do plese help.....
<p>The solution to constantly changing IP addresses is dynamic DNS service. Instead of having a static IP address that costs a lot, you can have a static hostname for free like yourblogname.com pointed to your most current IP address. You can try dynu.com.</p>
<p>Shell is for the output of the server. If you want to access your output by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F1 then set it to /dev/tty1. It works for tty1-6 only (even if browsing /dev/ gives you 64 ttys) because Ctrl + Alt + F7 is your desktop.</p>
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<p>I cannot seem to get &quot;sudo apt-get install proftpd&quot; to work - it can't find the package - even when I do do &quot;aptitude update&quot; - please help</p>
<p>The package name was changed to gadmin-proftpd</p>
<p>I've got the same issue, did you figure it out yet?</p>
<p>can you boot from a USB drive and if so what are specs need? USB 3.0? 64 GB?</p>
<p>yes and a usb 2.0 or higher will work I use an 8 gb but you only need a 4 gb to hold the os but Iwould get bigger so that you can store your files.</p>
<p>I think not,it will work only when it is connected to computer</p>
<p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-PowerEdge-2950-III-2x-2-33GHz-E5410-4-Core-16GB-PERC-6-i-Bezel-2-Trays-/171634529629?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27f637155d" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-PowerEdge-2950-III-2x...</a> </p><p>If I wouldn't use an old desktop, would something like this work?</p>
<p>Is it possible to use any low end desktop? How would you know if somethings a good server? Checking it's specs?</p>
I made one with an android and bit webserver app
when i open dns registered with noip.com it open my home router's page. it does not open webpage from web directory.
<p>Read it tip to toe! Awesome article. Gained a lot. Thanks!</p>
<p>Having your own web server gives you so much possibilities.. and it is a great way to learn Web Development too. Mine has been running since 2012! I am using an HP Proliant mini server which runs cool and quiet. Here is how I built it --&gt; http://hsnyc.co/how-to-host-your-own-website-using-wamp-server/ </p>

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