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sswilson September 25, 2012 04:43 PM

Anybody here using freedns to run a small web server from home? ( FreeDNS - Free DNS - Dynamic DNS - Static DNS subdomain and domain hosting ) If so, then what's your opinion?

Basically just looking to host my own images at home as I've got a PC running 24/7.

LarkStarr September 25, 2012 04:51 PM

I'v enever used FreeDNS, but I've used No-IP and DynDNS before perfectly fine. Best to set your router to update the dynamic IP automatically too, if it supports it, otherwise No-IP has a Windows GUI client that works well tool

sswilson September 25, 2012 04:59 PM

What did you use for server software if you don't mind my asking? So far it looks like apache is the most likely free option.

Are there any reasonably priced paid services that would include a domain name and some type of system that would allow me to host at home without having to pay for external bandwidth?

LarkStarr September 25, 2012 05:27 PM

I didn't host a webserver. It was just for FTP, RDP and Centralized IRC access. What do you define as a reasonable price? The free services offered by those sites worked fine for me. obviously you have to choose from one of their subdomains though (i.e - sswilson.dyndns.org)

"Real" domains cost $10 a year. I'm sure there's a program out there that will automatically update DNS A records to point to your dynamic IP - problem is if that switches, it'll take the DNS system up to a day to filter throughout the net. This is why those services like No-IP are more expensive, basically they're more up to date but hosting a sub-DNS as it were. Your domain would point to them, and they would point to you.

Alternatively, VPS's or Shared Hosting plans are like $4 a month (Without a domain).

You're probably right about Apache though - very well supported

Perineum September 25, 2012 05:31 PM

My domain hosting costs me $6/month and it's pretty reasonable for what it is....

LarkStarr September 25, 2012 05:41 PM

And what is it exactly? Or do you want to keep it a secret?

Perineum September 25, 2012 06:09 PM

It's shared hosting, but I have 10GB of storage, and 40GB of data a month, but my needs are pretty tiny....

JD September 25, 2012 06:14 PM

If you're doing webhosting, probably best to just buy external. Something like HostGator is like $4/month and like $10-20/year for a domain name.

So for $50/year, you get something hosted off-site, high uptime and you don't need to worry about bandwidth or hackers targeting your home IP.

Opening up port 80/21 on your home router seems to automatically alert a bunch of script kiddies and they'll hammer your server non-stop, at least that's what I've encountered.

LarkStarr September 25, 2012 06:36 PM


Originally Posted by Perineum (Post 657977)
It's shared hosting, but I have 10GB of storage, and 40GB of data a month, but my needs are pretty tiny....

you're getting ripped off, bro.

Perineum September 25, 2012 06:54 PM

Yeah, doesn't seem all that great anymore, but it was good back over a decade ago....

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