Home Server, amazon or another host?

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

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    steviem

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    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?
     
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    satcomer

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    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

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    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.
     
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    Les Kern

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    Seriously consider heeding the advice above. I third it.
     
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    steviem

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    Ok, squarespace looks good for the web hosting. Does anyone have good email/calendar/contact hosting?
     
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    dmmcintyre3

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

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    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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