Solved Help building a web server please????

May 7, 2014 at 21:28:26
Specs: Windows 8.1, intel core i5-4200U CPU @ 1.60 GHz 2.30 GHz / 8 GB RAM
Hello all!
I am looking to setup a web server so that people (people i trust of course) outside of my network can have access to files of my choosing. I've tried playing around with Apache and port forwarding but I cannot get it to work. I was able to access it on the same computer that I have the files in (host computer) but I cant even access it with another computer on my network. One thing I haven't tried, do i need to set my IP address as a static IP address? If anyone knows a simple way to do a web server I'd appreciate the help.

Paul

Paul C.


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May 8, 2014 at 18:35:23
Thank you all for your responses. Sorry I haven't had the chance all day to reply.

I kinda wanted to do this server thing just to say that I actually did one and to add that ability to my arsenal. I honestly didn't think it would be this complicated. I saw a youtube video of someone doing one ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r2... and it seemed easy enough. I guess there were things behind the scenes he had in place that i wasn't aware of.

I appreciate all your input and if i decide to go forward with this project i will most likely go with an online file sharing service

Paul C.



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May 7, 2014 at 23:04:00
From what you describe it would be far easier to use one of the many on-line file sharing services. That way you don't have to worry about things like static IP addresses (yes, your router needs one - which may not be possible). Also you can trust that they have applied the appropriate security so that you aren't exposing your home network to all and sundry.

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May 8, 2014 at 03:38:54
Some ISPs allow a subscriber to use a limited amount of space on their server for free for personal web pages. Windstream does, see

http://home.windstream.net/jpw/

Yours might also.


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May 8, 2014 at 07:40:14
Be aware that most ISPs will not permit you to operate an Internet accessible server with a standard account. Maintaining security on such a server is not a simple thing. There are many free and inexpensive hosting services that will probably meet your needs with much less trouble.

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May 8, 2014 at 18:35:23
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Thank you all for your responses. Sorry I haven't had the chance all day to reply.

I kinda wanted to do this server thing just to say that I actually did one and to add that ability to my arsenal. I honestly didn't think it would be this complicated. I saw a youtube video of someone doing one ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r2... and it seemed easy enough. I guess there were things behind the scenes he had in place that i wasn't aware of.

I appreciate all your input and if i decide to go forward with this project i will most likely go with an online file sharing service

Paul C.


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