Mac Mini as a Server for FTP Iweb hosting???

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by paulie8362, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. paulie8362 macrumors newbie

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    I am in need of guidance. I am hosting my website through MobileMe and knowing that within a year that will be discontinued. I am looking at hosting it myself. I thought of purchasing a Mac Mini something small and simple to leave at the office in the closet. I would connect it directly to the cable modem and then "HOPEFULLY" use it as a server through iWeb's built in FTP file website publishing ability. Should I purchase just a regular Mac Mini or Mac Mini Server? Do you think this will work? Thanks :apple:
     
  2. ChpTrk macrumors newbie

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    Either one will work fine. You'll need to open up the port on your router's firewall and direct it to your mini and unless you've paid your cable company for a static IP address, you'll need to use a DNS service provider like no-ip.com. I did the same with an old 6500/225 years ago. Not the fastest perfomance (vs. a hosting service), but for personal web pages it's fine, and basically free.

    However, for what you'll spend on buying a mini just to host web pages, you should probably consider finding a host and paying for service. Also, if it's just for personal suff, your cable provider probably gives you some storage space that you could use and its already included in your monthly payments. I used to have some iWeb pages hosted via my comcast account.
     

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