A Beginner`s Guide to Self Hosting Your Blog - Equipment
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What kind of equipment would I need in order to self host my site?
An excellent question! If you want to be able to self host your own website. then there are a few things that you need in addition to the knowledge you will find in this article.
1. Your own domain name. This is a URL, like www.x.com, not one like www.x.blogspot.com. Hosting without a unique domain name just won’t be happening. The people who give out sub-domains like to host them on your site. You can get one on places like Who is.
2. A server on which to put your files. Your files will have to live on a server that will host them and make them accessible to other computers. Some people do manage to re-use an old desktop computer for this job. I'll talk more about that in the last section of this article.
3. Constant access to power and an Internet connection. If your server lacks either of these at any given time, then your site will be unavailable to potential viewers.
Should I choose to self host?
While the decision to self host or not to self host is really yours and yours alone, there are a few questions that you will want to answer before you come to any conclusions.
1. Do you have the skills needed to self host? If all you know about using a computer is how to check your email and use Facebook, then this is probably not a great project for you. Unless you can afford to pay for some more skilled help or are prepared to put in the many, many hours to learn the required skills, you're better off continuing with your current arrangement.
2. Do you have the hardware? Self hosting requires a place to store your files. If you have no hardware, then you have a no go, unless you are willing to shell out for the hardware.
3. Is your infrastructure good enough? How often does your connection go down, or your power go out? Both will cause the site to be down. You may also want to consider how much it will take in the way of traffic to tank your connection. If you are working off of a home network, this can be a problem.
4. Can you troubleshoot well? Something will go wrong. It’s not an if, but a when. If you are not the kind of person who is good at dealing with Murphy’s Law- style situations, then paid hosting may be better for you.
Now that you have taken a look at these questions, you will be able to come to an answer without too much deliberation. If you have chosen to self host, read the next section. If not, best of luck with your site -- and you can still do quite well, by the way. Self-hosting simply isn't for everyone.
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