I have a spare PC sitting at home with XP Pro installed which I know will run IIS. I was also looking at running something like the full version of Avast! and a firewall (but I'm not sure which one). Unless someone has a better suggestion? I currently have Verizon FIOS and I didn't see anything in their TOU stating you can't host your own website. I'm planning on picking up a static IP and have the 25/15 service, so I'm sure I would have enough bandwidth.
I already purchased a domain name from GoDaddy and I know they along with G2G offer hosting service, but I thought the experience gained doing it myself would benefit me in the future.
So far, I've seen the following things that should be done in an attempt to lock down the server.
- Use the NTFS file system
- Rename the Administrator Account and turn off the guest account
- Install Windows in an unusual location, such as C:\XPPro10
- Use the Microsoft IIS lockdown tool
- Host the website on a HDD separate from the OS drive.
- Make sure Windows updates are set to install automatically
- Have a rock solid backup plan
- Disable unused services, such as FTP, SMTP, etc.
I was specifically reading this and this.
I wanted to make my website in iWeb on my Mac because it looks easy to use, but I'm not sure if the format is compatible. I'm assuming it would be, but just wanted to check.
I'm sure I'll find myself lost when I actually get down to business, but I want to give it a shot. I'm also assuming there is about 1000 things I'm missing, but wanted to see if anyone could point me to any good walkthrough articles?
Edited by Spyderturbo007, 25 February 2010 - 10:19 AM.