Is using a home PC as a server to host your websites a viable option to paying for hosting services?
I was thinking of using my own PC using Apache server software to host my own websites, I have read a lot of pro's and con's on it, was wondering if anyone here had tried it.
Not too viable.
- Most ISP's don't allow public serves to be hosted from your home in their terms of service.
- You'd have to keep your machine on all times. If it's a higher-end PC, it may cost more in terms of electricity than a simple site hosting service does.
I've tried home hosting, not a website though, a game server. Problem was my upload speed, my old ISP didn't provide a connection fast enough to handle traffic. If you are planning to have a website visited by lots of people, then home-hosting is not too advised.
Even if I had the ability to do so, I probably wouldn't. My web hosting company's rates are so reasonable, and their service is so good, that I don't think I'd gain anything by taking on the job myself.
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