What does own hosting means? And How to Create Own Hosting?

Posted by webanju on August 5th, 2019

In this digital world, owning a website has become mandatory for almost every business in the world to survive and to succeed. At the same time, we cannot neglect the difficulties faced by the business owners when they intended to host their website, especially when they face issues with their host server.

With today advancement in technology, nowadays own hosting a website is possible. All it requires is a reliable internet connection and the entire procedure would be simply as browsing the internet. Many might think as hosting a website would include several serious obstacles like dynamic IP, Bandwidth constraints, Electricity Cost, High-tech Equipment and so.

To be frank, there are few obstacles needs to be overcome if you are about to host your website on your own. However, those obstacles can be overcome as ease and they are not that much difficult as many thought.   

Here in this article, we are going to discuss the possible ways one can make their own hosting server at home.

What is mean by Own Hosting?

Just like the term mentioned, own hosting is about running an own server at home on which you run your website. Well, it will be a mounting task for a common person to create such an environment and to maintain.

Own hosting can be possible in two methods either in Windows hosting or in Linux hosting.

However, for techie person hosting a website by own can be easily manageable. By having own host at your home, you can have the power of making changes as you like. Here come the protocols and procedures to follow for making your own hosting at your home.

What to Lookout for Creating Your Own Server at Home For Web Hosting (250)

  1. Choose Relevant Hardware:

In order to host your website on your own, you need to be well aware of the host to build your own server. For building a web server, firstly you need to choose your own hardware according to your site’s need. Though you don’t need to worry about purchase computer equipment since you can make use of your old computer but still, you need to purchase some power equipment and to arrange needed power requirements at your home.

  1. Choose Your Operating System

As mentioned above, own hosting can be done in two different operating systems such as Linux and Windows. As far as the current situation, almost 70% of the web-hosting servers run with the Linux operating system mainly because of the cost factors. If you prefer to use Windows then you need to get a proper license for the products of Microsoft to build a web server at your home.

  1. Proper Internet Connection:

Having a proper internet connection is necessary when it comes to building a web server at home. Because web server requires a proper and reliable internet connection in order to handle the web traffic received by your web site. More importantly, your internet connection must have high download speed and high uploading speed. In most case, a residential internet connection would have high download speed but low upload speed.

  1. Configuring and Setting Your Server

Once, you are ready with the needed hardware and a reliable internet connection the next thing would be on setting your web server at your home. Depending upon the operating system you pick the set up and configure the process of the webserver differs. If you are not sure about the right set of configuration, consider seeking help from experts.

  1. Get Your Domain

After configuring your web server, get your own domain name. A domain name is literally the address of your website online. It helps the users to find your website on the internet. Consider about opting the easiest domain name for your website, instead of complex names that include numbers or any special characters.

Steps to Create a Web Host in Your Home (250)

It requires 5 steps to create a web hosting server at your home, here are those steps.

Step 1: Preparation

Step 2: MAMP Installation

Step 3: MAMP Configuration

Step 4: Website Uploading

Step 5: Accessing Website

Preparation:

  • Under this step, you need to ensure whether you IPS permit to host a website if it does consider about getting a business plan.
  • Secondly, you need to create source code for your website
  • Finally, a text editor that can handle PHP documents of your website. For Windows OS, opting Notepad++ and for LINUX OS opting BBEdit would be the best.

MAMP Installation

  • Download MAMP and MAMP PRO 4.0.1/5.0.1 from the official website and install on your server computer.
  • For Installation follow the on-screen instruction offered by the MAMP file.

MAMP Configuration

  • Open MAMP icon and choose the port. In most cases, MAMP will make use of port 81, if port 80 seems to be engaged.
  • Now, clear the firewall permission and allow the Apache and MySQL to pass through the protection.

Website Uploading

  • Now, copy your website files and paste to ‘htdocs’ folder if it is Windows or copy to ‘Document Root’ folder if it is LINUX on your MAMP.
  • If you have source code of your website, then copy those and paste into the “index.php” by opening with Notepad++ if it is Windows OS. Alternatively, open the “index.php” through BBEdit and paste your website source code if it is a LINUX OS.
  • Close all the windows after saving all.

Accessing Website

  • Let start your server by clicking the ‘Start Server’ button and open the start page where you can review your entire web site.
  • Finally, check whether your website has a relevant web address. Well, the web address of your website is the domain name set for your website is showing in the address bar of the browser.
  • If you are running MAMP, your website address will be displayed as “localhost:81”  or “localhost:80”

Bottom Line

Knowing the procedure to host your site at your home is like having power at your hands. Apart from the cost-effective solution, own hosting will eliminate the issues faced with host providers on type of website you are about to host.  

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