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« on: July 17, 2004, 09:36:50 AM »

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i just installed a personal server call "reactor"
when i wanna go to the server i go to start>run>http://localhost
i wanna know how to actuall get this to a site, i mean, i have a domain name, what next??how can i transfer this to a website domain or something.thx
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2004, 08:50:01 AM »

pc wizard:

When you say "get this to a site", do you mean to a hosting company's servers or onto your own machine. I'm assuming you mean the latter, since you installed the server software on your own machine.

I really don't suggest you run a personal webserver from a machine at home. As a technician, the reason I say so is because it's risky unless you know what you are doing. The security risks alone are considerable-even with Apache.

That being said, if you want to go ahead still...
Every publicly registered domain must be hosted by one DNS server and one backup DNS server. DNS servers provide name resolution-a service that allows people to type in, for example,, and be forwarded to your IP address where you are hosting your webserver. I take it you do not have DNS servers at your current location?  If not, you will need to contact your domain registrar and tell them the IP address of your server. They will update the Internet's main DNS databases, and their DNS servers will act on behalf of your website. If you have a dynamic IP address which changes from time to time, you are best to pay for a static one from your ISP. Of course, there are alternatives, but these become a bit unreliable and complicated for someone with minimal experience.

There are many, many other things to consider. First and foremost in my mind is security. I urge you to get a good firewall/router.
You will then need to forward the ports in the firewall/router to allow traffic from the Internet into and out of your webserver.

You should definitely get excellent virus protection for the machine-I use Panda Antivirus.

For more information, do a Google search to help you find information about setting up your own site.

Sorry I can't give you more info, but we are limited here in terms of time and scope.


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