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Hello I'm new here and new to other operating systems as I'm on windows home. I am looking into cutting hosting costs and building my own server to host my websites which will leave me just paying for domain names.
Can you please tell me how I can do this as cheap but as effectively and simply as possible?.

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Welcome aboard the9crow.

Welcome aboard the9crow. Well you can basically set everything up for free if you've got a decent box to spare as a server. All you need then is to download one of the available server GNU/Linux distros, such as Debian or Ubuntu Server Edition. There are, of course, other options such as Gentoo, White Box Enterprise Linux (recompiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux) etc.

But I'd recommend Debian as I think it might be easiest to set up and is known for its stability and flexibility as a server platform. Second Life uses Debian, for example.

So, if you choose Debian you can get it here, probably fastest to download a CD or DVD iso. If you want to download only one CD you might consider getting the xfce or KDE versions.

Anyway, once you download and burn it you have to install it on a new box. That should be fairly straightforward, but should you run into any troubles feel free to ask here.

The box on which you're installing must have redundant and fast access to the internet if you're gonna use it for live sites.

A good resource to look at for some information regarding setting up a Debian server is here, but feel free to ask if you've got any questions. There are people here who should know this stuff even better than me. Smiling

Good luck!

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Welcome to nuxified,

Welcome to nuxified, the9crow!

I found this and this by typing "server" in the search box (it's on the top right corner of the page). If those old threads don't sufficiently answer your question, please tell us what else you need to know.

By the way, I think you're being rather spammy about that link directory of yours.

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Thank you for welcome guys....
tbuitenh wrote:

Welcome to nuxified, the9crow!

I found this and this by typing "server" in the search box (it's on the top right corner of the page). If those old threads don't sufficiently answer your question, please tell us what else you need to know.

By the way, I think you're being rather spammy about that link directory of yours.

Didn't mean to be spammy as you put it, i was just getting a feel for the boards and settings. Anyway i have removed the link i think your referring to...

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I just thought the same

I just thought the same off-topic link in your post AND in your signature was a bit too much. The rules allow it, though.

Cheers

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Looks as though no point now!!

Looks as though no point now in building a server as my isp will get stuffy with me and block me or charge hefty price.. I'm gonna have to try and find a host that is cheap but good where i can host 2-3 sites with different ips...

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I would recommend VPS for

I would recommend VPS for that. One I use currently and think is quite good is Slicehost, but there are others. They offer you a choice of a distro, don't overload their servers and don't seem too expensive so you might want to consider them.

About that link, tbuitenh is right that it looked a bit spammy and it gave me a bit of a pause too, but your post looked honest so I replied neutrally. Anyway, thank you for removing it. Sure signature link should be enough. Eye

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Thanks i will look into vps

Thanks i will look into vps and see what comes up, although google is a bit of a pain right now showing up trash results...

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Here are some potentially

Here are some potentially useful links regarding VPS:

VPS on wikipedia
"Do you Need a Virtual Private Server?" article from SitePoint.com

Linode - another reputable GNU/Linux based VPS provider. They even have an IRC channel at irc.freenode.net, like Slicehost I mentioned earlier.

Positive Internet - heard good things about them and they seem quite honest. They don't seem to offer VPS, but might be interesting in case you need really flexible and quality shared hosting or dedicated. I didn't try them myself though.

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