Hosting A Free Website Server (HTTP)

Hosting Server at Home – Hosting A Free Website Server (HTTP)


Hosting A Free Website Server (HTTP)

Hosting Server at Home

This is how to set up a web site (HTTP), for free, with Windows XP Professional Edition.
If you are not able to access the website outside your home, make sure that you have opened the appropriate ports (Port 80 for HTTP) and that the opened port is assigned the host computer (Computer you are using to set up web page).
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  1. What you need to do is
    set your router port forwarding to forward port 80 to your local machines ip address (the one you get when you run ipconfig in cmd box) and then find your public ip address (either from within the router or using whatsmyip). Then,  as an example if your public ip is 81.78.100.3 and your website name is mywebsite (as set in iis) your mates should be able to type 81.78.100.3mywebsite into a browser and thats it.  they will see your website.

    This does work.  I have done it.
    oh, and turn off windows firewall or it will block it.  It is best to check the website is viewable by a second machine on your home network to test if this bit is working ok and then after that it can only be the port forwarding that is letting you down.

    bear in mind that your p.c. local address will change if it is being allocated by dhcp from your router and that your public ip address will sometimes change too since your service provider is also dynamically allocating that address.  so, for a proper job you will need a fixed ip address or a dynamic tracking service set up.

    good luck and let me know how it goes.  

  2. @forkane69 Well… it depends on what service provider you have, do you have ATT, Charter, Optimum, etc, and what do they provide (DSL, Cable, Satelite). YOu hay have to configure your modem also, if it is applicable. Be sure that the port is forwarded from you private ip (192.168.1.11) to you public (whatever you ISP gives you). Its hard to say anything else without knowing more. Sorry for the late commentary.

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