I went to a business seminar a few days ago, and while I was there several people asked for my advice concerning whether or not they should set up their very own web server -- probably because I don't personally own a web server and therefore could be trusted to give them a fairly objective answer on recommended solutions and providers. Well, I was a bit nervous, and I probably didn't explain myself very well...so here it is--free of charge--for anyone who is interested. (Told in proper storytelling form per special request!)
Let's say that you don't particularly like milk, and seldom drink it. Now let's say you got up this morning and saw someone on TV eating a bowl of cereal, and that bowl of cereal really looked good...and you really wanted a bowl of cereal of your very own--but you didn't have any milk in the house. Now, as I see it, there is one of two ways to proceed here...depending upon your personal inclinations.
1. If you are the really adventurous sort, you can buy a cow.
2. Or you can buy a pint of milk.
And, of course, the moral of this story is ...unless you've got a real hankering to be a dairy farmer--don't buy a cow when the milk's dirt cheap!
Seriously folks, either way you get your bowl of cereal. A web server is
realistically going to cost you several thousand dollars just to set up, not
to mention maintenance costs; and therefore, conventional wisdom pretty
much decrees that you shouldn't even consider setting up your own web
server unless your current on-line costs total at least $1,000.00 per
month. Or, unless you really want to try your hand at the serious business
of hosting other web sites. Or, you're making so much money that you
really need the tax deduction. Only you can decide how adventurous you
really are.... However; feel free to call me if you need any help, either being
talked out of it, or talked through it.
NOTE: This was written about 14 years ago, and although the principle remains the same, the internet in general and the world of server providers have taken great strides in complexity. However, my very best advice to you is...
Let Spun Silk professionally host your website.
I've been designing and hosting sites for almost fifteen years now. Thanks to the virtual wonders of the Internet, email, and third party payment guarantors, I've had customers from a variety of states, countries and continents...and I've never had a single complaint from any any of my clients! I work hard to be good service provider and give inexpensive, yet top notch quality service and value....and you won't have to waste your valuable time trying figure how to do it yourself.
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