Host Your Own Website?

I get a lot of emails from people asking how do they go about hosting their own website.  My first question is always "Why would you want to do that?"

Hosting with other companies is amazingly cheap these days.  You can get a ton of space at

They also offer an amazing amount of bandwidth (traffic allowance) every month and they seem to keep improving their service without raising their prices.

Unless you are an extremely tech savvy individual and have some strong need to run everything from your home, hosting your own website is not going to be a good option for most people.

Just to give you an idea, here are some of the things you'd need to host your own site:

  • A computer that is powerful enough to keep up with the server requests when your site receives traffic
  • A copy of the Linux operating system
  • Make sure your ISP will even allow this.  Some may, but will charge you an additional fee
  • Cable and DSL are not good enough.  You should probably have a dedicated T1 line

It's also important to remember that the computer you use must be dedicated for this task.  It is not recommended you use your personal computer to double as a web host because it could interrupt your website's performance levels.

So as you can see the costs for hosting your own site will start piling up.  First you'll need a second computer, then you'll have to pay your ISP additional money so they will allow you to even host your site.  Plus you'll have to buy an additional T1 line and that may cost up to $500 per month.

Not to mention you'll spend a lot of time setting this up unless you know a great deal about computers, servers, etc.

Clearly I am not a fan of hosting your own web site.  There are too many companies out there that will do this for you.  Why get bogged down with the hassle of doing this when someone else can do it for you much cheaper.

I seriously doubt there isn't a host out there that can provide what you need.  I highly recommend you begin at

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