Build a personal website with your phone line?
Build your own home website with your dialup connection! In the past this website was running on my home computer using a dialup connection. I was connected to the Internet through an Internet Service Provider ( ISP ) just like you. I was using a 56K modem which stays connected 24 hours a day. My ISP promised unlimited Internet access and I use it! I consider that this personal home website operates without cost. I would have an Internet connection just for every day usage. If you have Windows XP Pro, Windows 95 or Windows 98 you have everything you need for a home web site, except:
Please see my Home Web Site Status updates at the bottom of the page. Things have changed!
No static IP required!
The key secret or detail is Dynamic Domain Name Service ( Dynamic DNS ). This one key service is what makes a personal web site possible just using your ISP. If you have a cable modem or DSL you could still benefit from Dynamic DNS. It can enhance the security of your home computer by allowing you to change your Internet Protocol Address ( IP Address ) on a regular basis. There is no need to pay your ISP for a static IP address, basically this is a substitute for a static IP address. Make sure your ISP allows unlimited connection time especially if you hope to get a reliable listing on the search engines! My ISP does disconnect my PC sometimes, but a package like Direct Update will automatically reconnect for you. There is also a registry setting that will do this, but it has some drawbacks.
Basic Home Website components
Over time I will expand this page adding more details on the entire process. It is still not simple but it can be at virtually no cost.
And if you are building a website you should immediately look into affiliate programs so you may earn income, at least to support your sites expenses, your ISP, computer, backups, maintenance costs in general! Also a simple starting point to help your customer help you is accepting credit cards and E Checks through Paypal. Big new with Paypal credit card customers are no longer required to sign up when making a purchase!
Easy to build personal home web site:
These are the tools and some links to tools that let you create Hyper Text Markup Language ( HTML ). Unfortunately there is a lot more to do to publish your website on a personal web server.
Dynamic DNS, the key to a family home website:
I personally feel using "Web Forwarding" can give you problems in the long run. You can use web forwarding to have your DNS server forward requests to the URL you purchased, like "www.bobshowto.com", to your ISP's home page path, something like "home.epix.net/~johndoe". There is even something called cloaking that makes it look like you really are at "www.bobshowto.com", but I believe this can cause you big problems with search engines and directories in the long run, especially the Open Directory ( www.dmoz.org ). Go ahead and build your home website or experiment with low cost hosts using something like Front Page to make life easy.
I am fortunate to have another old PC to which I back up my web site content. I have studied quite a few "web hosts". A web host is, naturally, where you might publish your website if it is not on your home PC. Many of the low cost hosts may try hard to serve you, but if you have problems you are mostly on your own. You will find poor BBB reports for some of the lowest cost companies. Also see if you can at least find a mailing address for the host you are considering!
Now you are a Web Publisher or Webmaster!
Finally if you do become a "webmaster" with your own website you will be considered a "Web Publisher". If your doing it for a hobby or want to become a serious business merchant, you should definitely look into affiliate programs
There are many of these affiliate programs, each with many advertisers ready to pay you money for the service of showing their ads! And it is usually free!
If you need to accept Credit Cards, Paypal is certainly one very easy program to start with: With your new website accept payments through Paypal, sign up!
Hope you have found this useful! More in the future.
Date created: 15 Sep 2003
Date revised: 04/03/2017
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