How to set up a web server and email server

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by nonewz_is_goodnewz, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Hi...

    I'm in the thought process of wanting to host a website on a spare box in my
    house. I want to also use it to host an email account (ex:

    Does anyone have any instructions on getting this done? It will be a
    somewhat small website, with a very limited amount of incoming visitors,
    maybe set up with a password for access. I know I have a dynamic IP address
    now with my cable connection, and need to know how to set it up accordingly.

    Are there any links that provide step by steps or other information for
    doing these two things?

    nonewz_is_goodnewz, Feb 10, 2004
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    chip_y2kuk Guest

    if you set up a mail server you will need to use relevant auhtentification
    to prevent you from being blacklisted as an open relay. and
    shpuld be able to help you with DNS
    chip_y2kuk, Feb 10, 2004
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    why? Guest

    Not the easiest method.

    What OS?
    Get a hosting package, try and search for web hosting,
    you will get stuff like hosting providers or comparison charts like

    The fairly low monthly costs far offsets all the trouble you could end
    up with.
    You are going to limit visitors how?

    If you want fairly easy password setup, get a hosting service based on
    Apache, using the .htaccess file.
    The dynamic IP can be helped by a dynamic update client and the free
    service (or paid for static) like this will update the
    dynamic IP to a hostname like as in

    You have to also be careful, your ISP allows this. If you register a
    domain name your ISP may not allow forwarding of the name to IP on thier
    servers. You may simply have to use a simple framed redirection.

    Do you need a simple online page construction tool or require FTP file
    On top of the few minor to large issues above, you also mentioned email.

    That's another very major issues in it's own right. If not configured
    correctly it can be used by spammers to relay spam. This can be another
    way to lose your ISP account.

    Don;t forget the firewall/router that has port forwarding. This allows
    your public ISP IP address to accept incoming requests and forwards them
    to the PC on your LAN.
    You didn't mention what OS, what webserver or email server you may be

    If you still intend to go ahead, do a lot more research first. Then ask
    your questions. Not wishing to be rude your question shows you don't
    even have a very basic idea of how to start.

    why?, Feb 10, 2004
  4. Lol... Never attempted to HIDE the fact that I don't even have a basic idea
    of how to start.... That is why I posted the question, to get some info.

    Your issues will be taken into consideration, as I did mention, I'm only in
    the thought process stages of doing this, and your response is exactly what
    I need to weigh it all out.

    My router does allow port forwarding, so that is not an issue.


    nonewz_is_goodnewz, Feb 11, 2004
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    Mike Guest


    I recommend SME server. It is linux based, and it is a webserver,
    e-mail server and network server all in one, and is freeware. They
    have a good support network of many people that can answer any and all
    of your questions. It also supports dyndns as well as dns2go, so your
    dynamic ip would not be a problem. I would recommend downloading and
    installing it, and playing around with it. Once installed, you manage
    it with a web interface, so you don't need to have a monitor hooked up
    to it at all times. I ran it on an AMD k2-330 with 256 MB ram and a 10
    GB hardrive, and it ran like a trooper, so using some older PCs should
    not be an issue. go to to get the files, and
    also check out the forums and other items there, to help you get a
    feel of the SME server community. Hope this helps.

    Also, the SMTP server only allows local connections, so having
    spammers bounce off of your server would not be an issue. You would
    set your smtp server on your e-mail program to be 192.168.1.x
    (whatever IP address you have assigned to your SME server box).

    Mike, Feb 11, 2004
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