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    Hosting Advice?

    Currently my site is freely hosted by 000webhost.com, but for some reason when a user uploads a new recipe with a custom image or the default no image image the mysql database is corrupting the file and my showimage.php script can't display it. Thus I am looking into new web hosts. I am open to all possibilities whether they be paid hosting or free hosting. I am just looking for a few places to start looking in.

    As well if anyone knows of any way to use a desktop running Ubuntu server as a professional production server I would really like to know if it is possible. As well, does anyone know if it is possible to register a domain personally for free. If so, please explain how? Back to the Ubuntu server install info. I am wondering about if Ubuntu server is capable of being used as a production server because my parents have an old Compaq desktop in the basement that if possible I would like to use as a production server. Right now it is not being used at all. If I can use it as a production server for my site I will just do that instead of paying for hosting and save my money to upgrade the server hard drive and other equipment.

    I thank you for all the information you can give me.

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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    For a free solution you could always host the website from any linux server from home the problem is if you want a domain name you are going to have to pay no matter what... on the free side you can always just get to your website with the IP and port... but no baisically you will rely on crappy free hosts or pay money for the good stuff...

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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianBlaze View Post
    For a free solution you could always host the website from any linux server from home the problem is if you want a domain name you are going to have to pay no matter what... on the free side you can always just get to your website with the IP and port... but no baisically you will rely on crappy free hosts or pay money for the good stuff...
    So Basically, what your saying is that ubuntu server can be used to publicly host my site. But I will still need to pay to obtain a professional domain. Have I understood what your saying correctly?

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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    Sure you can use that old PC. You don't need the Desktop version. Can install ubuntu server.

    You will need to install a lamp server and a ssh server so you can login into your PC/Server remotely.

    Create a no-ip account, or other, and install the client in your server, or check if your router supports it.
    You will need a place where you can manage your dns. But probably you got your domain in godaddy or something like that, so you can manage it there.
    Create a CNAME entry, pointing for the no-ip (or other) domain name your created. Of course, if you don't have any domain, you can use that one that you created in no-ip! No problem.

    So, without great tears, after you got ubuntu server installed:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    sudo apt-get install openssh-server
    sudo apt-get install lamp-server^

    Now you can access you webserver placing the private server IP on a browser.
    Next step, port forwarding in your router. port 80 TCP for server private IP. You need to give a static IP to server.
    Also, port forwarding port 22 TCP, so you can access server CLI from outside.

    Now, place your code in folder /var/www/
    and restore a dump from your database.

    This it's a very simple guide, as I don't know what's your skills, so if you need help in any of this, just tell and we help!

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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    All I can add is that your old host probably used phpmyadmin

    So if you run

    "apt-get install phpmyadmin"

    You can access it via http://localhost/phpmyadmin if you're on your server
    or
    xx.xxx.xxx.xx/phpmyadmin

    x's being your IP or domain name

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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterProgram View Post
    Currently my site is freely hosted by 000webhost.com, but for some reason when a user uploads a new recipe with a custom image or the default no image image the mysql database is corrupting the file and my showimage.php script can't display it. Thus I am looking into new web hosts. I am open to all possibilities whether they be paid hosting or free hosting. I am just looking for a few places to start looking in.

    As well if anyone knows of any way to use a desktop running Ubuntu server as a professional production server I would really like to know if it is possible. As well, does anyone know if it is possible to register a domain personally for free. If so, please explain how? Back to the Ubuntu server install info. I am wondering about if Ubuntu server is capable of being used as a production server because my parents have an old Compaq desktop in the basement that if possible I would like to use as a production server. Right now it is not being used at all. If I can use it as a production server for my site I will just do that instead of paying for hosting and save my money to upgrade the server hard drive and other equipment.

    I thank you for all the information you can give me.
    Shared
    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4

    VPS
    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=104

    If your going for a Shared web host, check out Stablehost, MDDhosting, HawkHost, MediaLayer and A Small Orange

    If you are going to a VPS, check the stickies at the top of the forum. I would probably check out WizzSupport (they have a promo going on here, and its fully managed), OneProvider, StyleX networks, BuyVM, Direct Space, and SecuredDragon
    Last edited by sandyd; September 29th, 2012 at 08:12 PM.
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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mmmbopdowedop View Post
    All I can add is that your old host probably used phpmyadmin

    So if you run

    "apt-get install phpmyadmin"

    You can access it via http://localhost/phpmyadmin if you're on your server
    or
    xx.xxx.xxx.xx/phpmyadmin

    x's being your IP or domain name
    just don't dl phpmyadmin from sourceforge - one of their mirrors is compromised, and dropped some real nasty stuff into phpmyadmin that allows others to execute sql queries.

    Im pretty sure you don't want that.
    Last edited by sandyd; September 26th, 2012 at 01:07 AM.
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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    just don't dl phpmyadmin from sourceforge - one of their mirrors is compromised, and dropped some real nasty stuff into phpmyadmin
    This. If you are going to run phpmyadmin, just install it from the repos.

    Either that or just learn how to use sql itself, it isn't that difficult.

    Also: Make sure it is not accessible from the internet.
    Last edited by CharlesA; September 26th, 2012 at 12:49 AM.
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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    As well that old pc in the basement I also have a 1TB WesternDigital External Harddrive. Would that be able to be used as a public hosting server, using ubuntu server. My router has a usb connectivity option, so I would just probably plug-it directly into the router once everthing is set-up.

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    Re: Hosting Advice?

    I doubt your router would work for hosting a website. Normally those with USB support are for file sharing only.

    Just use an old machine and secure it and you should be good to go.
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