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Beginners Guides: Website Hosting From A Home PC

Beginners Guides: Website Hosting From A Home PC - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Obstacles like IIS and dynamic IP addresses can make the process of running a website off a home broadband internet connection complicated.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Aug 31 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Patches and IIS Options

Hosting a website is essentially inviting strangers to poke around inside parts of your computer. While IIS prevents visitors to your web page from spilling over into the rest of your data, many security vulnerabilities exist in different versions of the program. To ensure maximum protection, visit the Windows Update website and download any security patches and updates that you may be missing.

Adding a website to IIS

Now that IIS is installed and patched, it's time to add your website. Open up 'my computer' or Explorer and navigate to your 'c:' drive. You should have a folder called 'inetpub'.

This is the folder where IIS expects all files for your web and FTP sites to be by default. Open up 'inetpub' and then the 'wwwroot' directory. This folder will hold the files for your first published website.

If you are creating a website from scratch, you can do so now. You should call the initial page of your site (the home page) 'index.htm' when you save it, as that is the file name that IIS expects to see as the primary HTML file. You can add all your HTML pages to the same WWWROOT directory, or create new directories under WWWROOT (or elsewhere) for them. Best practice is to place all files and directories (if needed) under WWWROOT.

If you have already created a website, rename the main HTML file to 'index.html' and copy your files to the 'c:\inetpub\WWWROOT\' directory. Since users coming to your website will not be able to move from the 'WWWROOT\' folder up to the Inetpub\ folder, the links to other webpages on your site should not include the 'C:\Inetpub\WWWROOT\' prefix. For example, a link in the index.html page to the secondpage.html file need only be of the form '<a href="secondpage.html">', or '<a href="http://www.yourdomainname.com/secondpage.html">'. If you had incorrectly typed '<a href="C:\Inetpub\WWWROOT\secondpage.html">' as the link, that would generate an error as being an unresolvable page.

Once your website files are created or copied into the WWWROOT folder, it's time to test to see if it is all working correctly. To do this, open up a web browser of your choice and type 'http://localhost/' in the address bar.

There's your website, ready for prime time. Please note that from your computer you can reach your website by using the address 'http://localhost' or '127.0.0.1'. This does not mean that anyone on the internet can use these two addresses to reach your website however - they are only internally addressable to your PCs WWWROOT folder.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Website Hosting From A Home PC
 Pg 2.  Understanding DNS
 Pg 3.  Domain names and websites
 Pg 4.  — Patches and IIS Options
 Pg 5.  Making a website Accessible from the Internet
 Pg 6.  Hosting a website on a dynamic IP Internet connection
 Pg 7.  Hosting a website on a static IP Internet connection

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