Home Server, amazon or another host?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by steviem, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    So I have a few domains that I don't use yet and one in particular that I'd like to use for a bit of blogging.

    I also want to go away from Google 'looking after' all of my email/calendaring/contacts. I have a Dell SC440 which I'm actually using as a Mac, but this is where I come to my point.

    What I want is the following:

    -Email, Calendar and Contact sync between my Mac, iPad and eventually iPhone or iPod Touch.
    -Hosting 3 sites, one of which being more used than the others.
    -To be cheap to run (either at home or if hosted, not expensive)

    I have a static IP at home, so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.

    One thing I just saw was this: http://www.bigoffers.co.uk/product.php?product=BAREBONE-001

    Which if given 2GB RAM and a 500GB or 1TB drive would do the job pretty well, and more energy efficient than the SC440 I have (hopefully).

    Although, if I'm going to be moving to America later this year or early 2011, I don't really want to be thinking about relocating my hardware. Most of my stuff will be sold apart from my iPad, the drives with data any other small electronics I can take in my bags.

    Any good/cheap ideas please?
  2. macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    For file sharing between devices I sure you have heard of DropBox.

    For cheap web site host I would suggest SquareSpace.

    Plus look at syncing applications at MacUpdate.
  3. macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2007
    hosting your own email is more trouble than it's worth. Most hosting sites will host email for you when you sign up with them. I'd go find a reliable host for your 3 domains and let them take care of it.

    That is, if you really want to get away from google. It's certainly a personal decision, but I find that, between Dropbox and Google, I can have my email/calendar/contacts and any important files synced between my mbp and iPhone with no issues and very little setup. Hosting your own mail/contacts/calendar server or even having it hosted for you will probably add quite a bit of headache if you don't know exactly what you're doing.

    Either way, stay away from hosting something at your house. Especially if you're moving in 6 months.
  4. macrumors 68030

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Seriously consider heeding the advice above. I third it.
  5. thread starter macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    Ok, squarespace looks good for the web hosting. Does anyone have good email/calendar/contact hosting?
  6. macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Google Apps will work, it's free. (standard edition that is)
  7. macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    If you've got a VPS, Davical is a calendar hosting solution that you can install yourself. I'm syncing my iPhone, iCal and Mozilla Calendars with it rather nicely.

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