Hosting my own web server at home?

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I have an idea for a website and I would like to manage a personal web server at home. Thus, I'm looking for an ISP that can offer a high upload speed but I'm not able to find one. I know that getting a VPS would be the cheaper option, but I would like to host my own web server. I should note that I don't want to start a hosting business or whatever, but just host my own website, which could be a startup idea. Thus I want my data to be safe.

I currently don't have the money to do that but this is a plan for the near future and currently I'm just checking what options I have. My current ISP is Kabel BW. Are there ISPs that could offer 100Mb/s upload speeds?

Thanks!

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Yep, you need a business connection.  Without knowing where you live, I can't really give recommendations, though.

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I currently don't have the money

 

Are there ISPs that could offer 100Mb/s upload speeds?

Not on a budget you can afford. And not telling your location doesn't help either. The whole idea of saving money by not renting a server and instead renting a fast uplink from your home is not working...

What's your problem with renting a server? Look at https://www.netcup.de/vserver/ , the Root Server S for 3,99€ a month should be fine to do the first steps, and then you could change to a larger one if you've got the business up and running. The energy costs of a server running at home will be higher than those 3.99€, anyway.

 

 

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Not on a budget you can afford. And not telling your location doesn't help either. The whole idea of saving money by not renting a server and instead renting a fast uplink from your home is not working...

What's your problem with renting a server? Look at https://www.netcup.de/vserver/ , the Root Server S for 3,99€ a month should be fine to do the first steps, and then you could change to a larger one if you've got the business up and running. The energy costs of a server running at home will be higher than those 3.99€, anyway.

 

 

​I said that this is a plan for the future, which means in the very near future I will be able to afford it. Also I never said that the idea was to save money! I mentioned that it's much cheaper to rent a VPS rather doing what I want to do. My goal is that I want my data to be safe and mine. 

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Yep, you need a business connection.  Without knowing where you live, I can't really give recommendations, though.

​I live in Baden Wurttemberg.

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My goal is that I want my data to be safe and mine. 

Do you actually believe that your data is safer when it is on a server in your living room rather than on a server in a locked and guarded server room of a hosting provider? When it comes to securing data on a server that is attached to the internet, limiting the physical access to the actual hardware is your least problem. I have to assume you haven't grasped the concept of "renting a root server" yet. YOU are "the dude" on it, no matter if it is located in a data center or in your living room..

 

I can't get an idea about the prices.

company grade fibre to a building won't start below 500€/month.

 

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Unless you're a bit of a security expert your data is safer on a commercial server than at home. It's their job to keep your stuff safe, and protect against DOSA etc. 

You are very probably misguided in believing there is any advantage in having a server physically in your house. Even if you want to live stream HD porn. 

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@makaki: Do you know what MaM means when he talks about a DOSA?

Let me also point out, that you've already asked for advice on the very same issue a year ago, you're a little bit "Beratungsresistent", aren't you:

 

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How many hits you expect on your peak hours?  I've been running a website in my home server since 2001 but it is a small scale project.    If you are talking about a few hits/minute then this is doable with any DSL/Cable home connection.   But in a bigger scale you will need a better connection not only for speed but to have better protection against hackers, spammers and DoSS attacks.

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You cannot run any form of a professional service from your home.  It's a ridiculous idea like others have told you.

If you're concerned about the safety of your data, you should be using encryption.  Where you store it matters little.  Companies with more sensitive data than you (Apple, Dropbox etc) use publicly available servers on Amazon Web Services to store their data.  Do you think these big companies would use other people's infrastructure if it was a security risk?

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I know, those durn foreign calories are attacking from all sides, attaching themselves to your hips like Thetans to a Scientologist! :D

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As Hutcho says, you can't run a professional webserver from home. You won't get the speeds, you may have problems with port availability, and you will definitely have a problem with your DNS.  And btw, you may be contravening the terms of your ISP.

Either you run a webserver hosted with a professional webhosting service, or you go the amateur from home route. Latter means accepting slow access speeds, fiddling around to get the ports open on your wifi router, and relying on a dynamic dns service.

I've run websites using both ways in the past, the amateur version was interesting but that's as far as it goes.

btw, renting a root server with a hosting provider is a great idea. Gives you the chance to mess around and get your hands dirty, whilst also using professional infrastructure at low cost.

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I agree with the others about using a web hosting service, much safer, faster, reliable and better for you.

I use these guys:  http://4uhosting.co.uk/  and they have packages from 3 GBP per month (+VAT), which is probably enough for you at least to start with.

 

And if you compare the costs then its also much better.  The package above would cost about 60 euros per year, while running a PC 24/7 would cost about 260 Euros a year in electricity alone (assuming it draws an average of 150 Watts with a price of 0.2 per KWh).  Plus you have the purchase, maintain, upgrade the HW.

 

 

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Can't recommend a specific host from personal experience but you should take a look at this hosting comparison website (https://www.webhostlist.de/webspace) it includes user reviews as well so you can see some feedback.

Regarding the financial aspect I completely agree with dj_jay_smith, plus if you want to be sure that you will stay online 24/7/365 you need at least one back up machine and further equipment (might go into thousands). So if you have no real and very serious reason to keep server yourself then there is absolutely no reason to do so for an average consumer.

I hope it helped.

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