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If you simply want to put a website online, shared hosting may be a better option than building your own server. But if you are building a website that will need a lot of resources, then building a web server is an option. 

There are a lot of possible ways to build a server, so I will start by outlining some of the options you have.

  1. Purchase a server and colocate it at a data center or lease a dedicated server or cloud virtual server from a web hosting company.
    1. The web server should be powerful and have lots of disk space and memory (RAM) as well as a fast connection to the internet (one that is designed for web hosting).
  2. Choose an operating system. Linux is most popular, however, Windows is also an option.
  3. Unless you are very technical, I would suggest using a web hosting control panel software, like cPanel or Plesk.
    1. These control panels also automatically install other components you need like web server software and mail server software.
    2. If you do not choose to use a control panel software, you would need to install web server software, DNS and mail server software separately.

These are the general requirements. There may be other requirements based on what type of website you are building.

For most people, building a web server is overkill. It is usually cheaper and easier to pay for web hosting from a web hosting company.


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I'd get one from a server company, not host on your own connection.

  • It's cheaper than building a server initially and for several months
  • Chances are your IP address is not static and will change
  • Potential down time 
  • Your connection may not have the needed up speed to serve the site with traffic
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Let’s run through how to create your own server at home for web hosting.

  • Choose Your Hardware
  • Choose Your Operating System: Linux or Windows?
  • Is Your Connection Suited for Hosting?
  • Set up and Configure Your Server
  • Set up Your Domain Name and Check It Works
  • Know How to Create Your Own Server at Home for Web Hosting the Right Way


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In short, you will need a computer with a high-speed internet connection for this. Also, if you want to keep your website up all the time, you will have to run this PC 24 hours a day uninterrupted. The better your PC configuration is the better your website will perform. Here are the minimum requirements of a server.

Minimum System Requirement:

  • Storage: At least 60 GB HDD/SSD
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • CPU: Any Dual Core equivalent CPU with at least 2.00 GHz clock speed
  • Operating System: Windows or Linux OS
  • High-Speed Internet Connection
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For this you need special equipment: PC, server equipment, SSD. But the most important thing is a separate gigabit Internet line from a local provider. But if you need a server for your own site, then it is possible to implement it on your PC. But at the beginning, I advise you to use the website uptime checker with trial - host-tracker.com/en to detect problems operationally. I think you'll have no problem finding the guides on GitHub on your own.

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