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Web hosting gone wild

In this heart-wrenching saga, a man sets up a server in his home. His wife is fine with it at first, but soon, the servers seem to multiply and after some time, the guy is running a full-fledged web host from his home.

There are two lessons to be learned here. First, be careful who you host with. Believe it or not, there are all sorts of fly-by-night web hosting companies operating on home DSL connections. These firms may offer low prices, but often lack the technical expertise to fix real problems when they arise. These hosts don’t stay in business for very long.

Second, while there are some people out there knowledgeable enough to do so (namely system admins), don’t try to go the cheap way out and host yourself. DIY web hosting never ends well, mainly because when things go belly up, chances are good you won’t be able to fix it.

Many ISPs also block the ports used by web servers. Those that do won’t let you run a data center from your basement. If the scenario in “Web Hosting Gone Wild” were real, the ISP would have noticed an unusual amount of bandwidth being used at the man’s house and cut off his Internet access. Still, what geek doesn’t dream about having a data center in their living room?

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