Note: Many Internet Service Providers that provide static IP addresses
to their customers do not allow website hosting over these connections unless
the customer opts for a specialized account. In our experience, personal
websites often get overlooked when it comes to these regulations, but to be
safe, check up on your provider's policies before you proceed further.
Provided your ISP allows it, hosting a website on a static IP connection is
extremely easy. All you need to do is either register a domain (as covered
above) and provide your static IP address as the target for the domain, or
simply use your static IP address as a means to get to your web page.
If your IP should eventually change for some reason, simply updating your
domain name with the new information or using the new IP address in your browser
Using Dynamic DNS services to acquire a domain
name for a static IP
If you read the section above on dealing with dynamic IP addresses, you will have noted
that dynamic DNS services all provide you with a domain name by default. You
can take advantage of this even if you have a static IP address. Sign
up for the service, create your domain name and link it with your home
PCs static IP address, either through the service's downloadable client or
directly on their website. Presto, you have a domain name that people can
type into a browser to reach your website.
Finally! Your own website.
If you've followed the above instructions carefully, you
should be able to enter the domain name or IP address of your web server in any
browser and be greeted with your brand new website. Congratulations! You now
know enough to start delving deeper into the mysteries of IIS configuration. The
IIS control panel can be accessed by right clicking 'my computer' and selecting
'manage', then expanding 'services and applications' and clicking on 'Internet
There are many, many control options here, which are
beyond the scope of this article, but which we may delve deeper into in later
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