Do-it-yourself web hosting. Difficult?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development (archive)' started by OSUbuckeyefan, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. OSUbuckeyefan macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2001
    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!

  2. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    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 Next you will need to get an SSL certificate. You can find directions at or 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

    Note that if you generate a certificate for and later change it to your users will get a warning when they browse your site stating the web site ( doesn't match the certificate ( 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.
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    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.
  4. zim macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    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.
  5. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    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
  6. gotohamish macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2001
    I recommend

    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!

  7. OSUbuckeyefan thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2001
    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.


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