A server can be any ol' computer, really.. I go to the computer liquidation warehouses and just build custom computers for under 60 bucks. I just started making a web of servers all in my room.. It gets very hot during summer, which reminds me: The number one problem I have ever had with servers is not hackers or power outages, however thermal shutdowns. Make sure to have tons of fans or other methods of cooling. You really don't have to dedicate a whole computer to be just a web server: There are these things called 'ports', that allow access to let's say port 80: http access. Or port 21, ftp access. Download Xampp (my choice), or regular Apache, this will get you setup for a website and later on more complicated things. Also: Unix for servers are a must.
I am very good at computers and in web development and know how to build a website but I need help with web servers!
I want to host many websites, but am afraid that if I use an online hosting service that their servers might crash or something.
So, do I buy my own server and dedicate it to be a web server? How do I make it so that the server can be accsesed by other clients on the internet so they can view my websites?
What type of server should I buy?
HOW DO I DO IT!
Please answer back.