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HI all,
I'm thinking about making my own web site. I went to and got a host name for my computer. Now i guess i need a web server. I can't seem to find any info of what the best ones are(free ones, preferably). I looked at apache's site, but I don't think it's free. BTW, i have Coldfusion too..should i use that? Do any of you know of any websites full of resources about this sort of stuff i.e. WebSites for Dummies.

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Apahce is Free...Its open source from what I understand.
You can also use the JavaWeb server which you can download from Sun. There is also the IBM webserver which is again just Apache.
If you have windows 2000 or Windows 98 you can use IIS 4 or IIS 5. Go to They have downloadable software for everything you can think of. Some is shareware, some is freeware, and some yo have to pay for.
Hope that helps.
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Are you thinking about setting up your own web server, or are you leaning towards having somebody else host a websight for you?
If you are thinking of setting up your own server, your choice would heavily depend on the OS you were using. I would recommend either Linux or NT. If Linux I would go with Apache. If NT I would go with *cringe* IIS. Keep in mind that you are going to need a connection to the internet naturally. Most cable ISPs don't look too kindly on their residential customers running web servers. With the cost of a dedicated connection, and all the work that will be required configuring your server and keeping it secure, perhaps having somebody else hosting your web site might be a better option?
If you are looking for a good host there are many. The best bet is to go with one where the current users have a good opinion of it. Your choice of web host will be greatly affected by what capabilities you require. For example, do you want servlets, jsps, php, etc... I have used cwi hosting before and found that they offer great value. Things to consider in looking for a host are how much traffic your site can get before they charge you extra, how much disk space they give you, whether they are using Apache or IIS, as well as other features you require.
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