View Full Version : Do-it-yourself web hosting. Difficult?

Feb 4, 2004, 11:33 PM
Hello all,

I am interested in hosting my own e-commerce website on a G5 x-serve. The only problem is, I have no idea how to do it. Is this something that poses a lot of technical difficulties? Do I need a lot of specialized knowledge to do this?

Could someone point me in the direction of info as to how to go about this?

Any tips/suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


Feb 5, 2004, 06:09 AM
Well, I'm not sure about the development of the e-commerce code.

On the administration side, you will need a domain name and setup the XServe to have a valid fully qualified domain name, such as www.domain.com. Next you will need to get an SSL certificate. You can find directions at www.verisign.com or httpd.apache.org. You will create a CSR on the XServe, which is a request for the SSL cert. The CSR contains your fully qualified domain named and entitiy information, such as address. Verisign will then issue you a certificate to be installed on the web server for a fee of course. They can then browse your site at https://www.domain.com.

Note that if you generate a certificate for www.domain.com and later change it to www.domain2.com your users will get a warning when they browse your site stating the web site (www.domain2.com) doesn't match the certificate (www.domain.com). For e-commerce, this is something you will want to keep in mind, because any type of flagrant warning can drive your customers away. And I wouldn't even consider an e-commerce site that isn't using SSL.

You can also get a trial certificate that is valid for 14 days from Verisign that is very helpful in making sure you get things done right.

Feb 5, 2004, 06:20 AM
Would it not be easier/cheaper just to lease your own dedicated server? Any provider with Linux servers and Apache should do you I would have thought.

Feb 5, 2004, 06:46 AM
You should also read the internet service agreement from your internet provider. Most internet providers do not allow users to operate servers from within their homes.

Feb 5, 2004, 08:18 AM
your in-home internet provider probably would not be able to get you the speeds that an e-commerce site would demand.

i would just check out some hosting plans

Feb 5, 2004, 08:53 AM
I recommend neureal.com

Save the money you would've spent on the Xserve G5, and get a 17" powerbook to go around and show people your hosted site!


Feb 5, 2004, 09:02 AM
Thank you all for your input. You have been most helpful.

I guess I will first check out some hosting plans - then go from there.