What Hardware Do You Need to Host a Website?

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Thousands of websites are constantly being developed daily for personal enjoyment and business. One of the most challenging aspects of launching a website is having the most efficient, yet cost-effective, hosting for your website. Hosting is the hardware that stores, or "hosts," the files that are on a website. While there are hundreds of web hosting services and providers, one can host his own website with relative ease.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Cable modem, T1 or T3 Internet connection
  • Web server software
  • Domain name
  • Hosting service
  • Http learning manuals
  • Acquire a computer that has large amount of memory free to hold the files your website will have. Suggested free memory on a hard drive is 80 gigabytes or larger.

  • Invest in a broadband Internet service, whether cable, T1 or T3. However, do not use high-speed or dial-up Internet service. It is not fast enough to run your host.

  • Purchase a domain name through godaddy.com.

  • Install a web server software by going to http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi and click "download" to download the software.

  • Read the manuals you have gathered on http (hypertext transfer protocol) and study this as much as possible. Http is the basic coding needed for creating a website.

  • Use the Apache software you have installed and create the content of your website.

  • Test your site to make sure everything is running correctly. It is best to test your website on a computer other than the one you are using to host the website.

Tips & Warnings

  • Study and practice website development as well as the field of hosting.
  • Anytime you are uncertain during the process, contact or use a hosting service provider for assistance.
  • Be prepared to spend a great deal of time as hosting is a daunting and time-consuming task. It may be a wiser investment by hiring a hosting service.
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