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What things required to host a website at home

I want to create a temporary staging server which can be accessed (i.e. via browser) by other people that I want to show the website to (a business partner who is half way accross the world).

IIRC, my ISP issues dynamic addresses so I may need to register with a (DNS server?) - not sure about this. Although I'm a software developer, I don't know much about the hardware side of things - and would appreciate help in getting me setup so I can show a website to a business partner.

Here are the relevant details:

Web server: Apache 2.2 OS: Ubuntu 10.0.4 LTS modem/router: ZyXel P-600

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marked as duplicate by John Conde Nov 13 '11 at 23:45

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If you must use your home computer and it has a dynamic address, you need 2 things.

  1. A stack , in your case you already have apache.
  2. A DNS manager
  3. A domain name

A Static DNS manager will point your domain name to whatever your IP is on the fly.

Some services ( just google this):
http://www.zoneedit.com/
http://www.dnsexit.com/
http://dyn.com/
http://www.no-ip.com/

The alternative is to get a static ISP for your host or do what everyone else does and use cloud/shared/vps/dedicated server.

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you really did not supply enough details about YOUR internal network, but : 1. install a webserver - (XAMPP is my favorite) - but I guess you already have this .

  1. register with DYNDNS (and read FAQ) - any other dynamic ip service can work (use google)

  2. Open your ports to forwarding (read portforward.com)

  3. Depending on your ISP internal DNS system and IP assignment - this should be enough work as far as your internal network goes. I have done it myself several times.

However - it is better always to just find a websever and put it there ...

alternative - you can set up VPN (even free ones - google again) or ask a static IP (not cheap)

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