How to Publish a Server to the Internet

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You don't need to pay for a host to publish a website to the Internet. However, managing your own domain and server is more difficult and a full-time job. For most people, it's more advantageous to leave the security and server settings to a hosting service, but with a little knowledge and money, you can publish a server on your own. Publishing a web server on the Internet involves acquiring a static IP address from your ISP, configuring a server and securing your network.

Things You'll Need

  • Domain name
  • Call your ISP and obtain a static IP address. A static IP address is one that does not change if you reboot the machine or reset your Internet connection. This is a requirement for a host server. ISPs normally charge premium prices for a static IP address, so discuss the options of a static IP address and the associated costs.

  • Purchase a Power UPS or power generator. If your power goes out, the server goes down and your website is unavailable. This can cause search engine ranking issues and loss in sales and readership. A Power UPS is a devices that maintains a charge even when the power goes out. This keeps your web server up even during power outages.

  • Register your static IP address with the domain name for your server. A domain name is a friendly name for users to find your website server. This domain name is associated with your static IP address obtained from the ISP. You can associate the IP address using your registrar's control panel. For instance, if you registered your name with dotster.com, login to your account at that domain and use the instructions to point the domain to the IP address.

  • Install server software on your computer. The two main server software applications used to host Internet applications are Apache and Internet Information Server (IIS). Apache is a free software that can be installed on a Windows machine or a Linux server. IIS is available on Windows server software like 2003, 2008, and even Windows 7.

  • Integrate security on the web server. Security is one of the more difficult concepts to understand for new Internet server administrators. Block incoming communications at the network router, and give proper access rights in the server software. Read the documentation for your router and server software to give proper rights to readers when they access the server.

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