Over the weekend I had some time and then decided to do something I had always wanted to do: create an http server. I was using my desktop, which runs Arch of course, and went through several of these links and set my desktop up with Apache, PHP, and MySQL. Also, I installed vsftp as an FTP server.
I even signed up with DynDNS so that my dynamic IP can be updated to a (sub)domain and etc etc.
Once I had everything set up and working—which turned out to be amazingly simple by the way—…I asked myself “to what end?”
You know what, I don’t know. I guess just to do it. I won’t USE the webserver, being I use wordpress here (with a top-level domain for $9 a YEAR! for a TLD at dynDNS it would be $30), and as long as it is flexible enough for me, I’ll keep it.
Also, I have my account at X10hosting where my code site (jrob.co.cc) is hosted and I could use it instead of my own desktop—I’m sure it would be faster, more reliable, and have about the same flexibility.
All-in-all, I think I could possibly use the FTP server, for backing up files and accessing them remotely. But that is about it.
I also thought about setting up an email server, but while possible, I don’t think I would get much benefit out of it. gmail does a pretty good job, with no maintenance from me (as much as I hate to admit, since google is taking over the world).
It was a good experience, and I am glad that I did it—I may set up something similar (but dedicated) at work sometime in the future. It’s good knowing how to do something like that, whether or not there is a feasible application for it.
Posted by: jamba
Tags: #apache #ftp #http #linux #mysql #php #server #www
Published Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 12:33:40 +0000
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