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    So I have a decent spare computer and I was wonder if it is worth it to host a website off of it? I know how to set it up and everything but I am curious whether the speed will be appropriate or if I am better off sticking to my godaddy shared hosting plans? I was considering just trying out a single site on it for now.

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    I would think very carefully about it - what kind of bandwidth allowances do you have from your ISP? I know that even for what I do (uploading sites, e-mail, watching video tuts, etc) I sometimes go over my limit and have to pay overage fees...
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    Check with your ISP first, many have rules against running web services from a residential account.

    Worst thing that could happen to you is you create a site that starts to become popular, they see the traffic, cut you off.

    I run several testing sites from home no problem, but they keep an eye on me.

    As for speed... It would probably be ok for local people... Maybe even regional...

    Depends on if your on cable or DSL, but both have speed setting based on your account... Most people's upload speeds are 1/3 of the download... Even on cable... So if your hosting something... The people connecting to it will be in YOUR upload band... As the Packets leaving your modem are considered outgoing or "upload traffic".

    for testing, you may be able to get away with running something from home... If you want or need to be sure the site is accessible, you may be able to get a business level connection and a static ip address.. The business level connections are pretty scable so if you need more bandwidth, you just purchase it.

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    Oh... Forgot about that... Another reason to check with your ISP... Unless your account is unlimited bandwidth ...

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    yeah i did it for a while on a crap dsl connection...
    but i dont recommend it.

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    Got to also keep in mind that the more people you have visiting your website, the slower your connection will be for your personal use/work. Also, how often does your ISP remove your service for "mandatory maintenance"? If its anything like my ISP (a top rated ISP keep in mind) it will be down at least once a month for about an hour.

    And to be completely honest, its usually better to host with another company, for a few different reasons.
    Less down time.
    Higher bandwidth.
    They perform daily backups
    Less headache on your end if something goes wrong with your spare PC (i.e. hard drive failure...it will be your luck that the one night you didnt feel like doing a backup that your hard drive decides its done working for you.)

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    Not a good idea.
    Save that idea for using it as a personal drive that stays online.
    Where you can access your favorite files and documents on the fly.
    That's the best usage of a Home Connection/hosting effort.

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    I don't suggest this for public access, because not only the upload speed will be increased also the uptime is important, when you ISP connection is down you're website is also down.
    In the Netherlands youre ISP will give you a dynamic IP Address so when you receive a new ip address the website is also not working anymore, when you want to experience build a virtual machine with apache, mysql and php services to test, but website that are ready host it. You clients will also claim to you when the website isn't working, and the prices from today are not much anymore.
    I think the price for electricity to consume 24/7 your spare is on year base higher then a hostingdiscount.

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    There used to be an app that you could run that would update your ip, and it would remotely handle the dns for the site, changing the ip for whatever IP you currently had and with some searching it probably still exists. I used it on a dual modem/dual phone line dial up connection years ago and no one could tell any difference. It wasn't serving files though, just web pages. Everyone says ISP's will prohibit running a web server but I've never had one that did. Although briefly have had cable ISP's who play all kinds of games throttling upload speeds.

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    You're probably thinking of either the no-ip.info Dynamic Update Client (I use it personally) or the dyndns.org client updater.

    I run my first-stage development web server using no-ip.info, but I also keep access restricted to those that I want to see it (which is about a half-dozen people, none of which are "online friends"...I know the people who have access to it personally, and it's not difficult to see who's accessing what. My ISP doesn't care, either.
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