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Naresh Bafna
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Hi All,

One of my cousins has asked to make an e-commerce web site with the paypal feature. Since I am a J2EE developer I can somehow manage to create the application.
but the part I am not aware of is how to host the application on the web? or in other words how to make my web application a web site?
Any help or pointers would be very helpful.

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Brad Stratt
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Naresh,

You will need to have a web server with the website on it. You can do this through hosting services or through your own personal server. There are many hosting services, some free and some you pay for. But remember, you will get what you pay for if you choose to go free, there may not be support for the functions you need.

If you do a search for "web hosting" you will find a lot of links. My best suggestion is to check out as many as you can for the cost and then call them or use their contact emails to get more information from the hosts themselves. Yahoo web hosting has always been good to me and I use them to manage my domains because they have given me excellent support in the past. Other people have their own ideas about different hosts depending on their experiences. For web hosts with better service or more bandwidth there will probably be a monthly charge.

On another note, I'm not sure if J2EE is what your cousin should be looking for, it sounds like he or she probably needs a web developer or designer to create a site of which the application would only be a small part.

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Brad
 
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The best option, for commerce related web sites, is to host them yourself. This is the most secure option and gives you, the site developer, the most control. In regards to hosting the site, you need a few things. Below is a list:

1. an ISP account (you get this from phone service provider)
2. a router
3. a load balancer
4. two or three servers for the application/database/backup machine
5. a development server (optional)
6. a DNS server
7. firewall software
8. email server
9. SSL Certificate(s)
10. External Power Supply (UPS device)

With the ISP account, you will get a set of IP addresses that you map to your router. Your router then forwards to a load balancer which redirects HTTP requests to a web server on one of your machines.

You will need to register a domain name and have the name point to your network.

In regards to the e-commece operations, I would stay away from PayPal, unless you want to deal with hassles and hackers on a regular basis. Check out CC Bill (http://www.ccbill.com/) as an alternative.

Good luck!

 
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James Clark wrote:The best option, for commerce related web sites, is to host them yourself.

Not necessarily. If the site becomes popular, the bandwidth provided by the ISP will probably not be enough. You would really need a fiber connection or something with similar speed. Getting a good hosting company can help you out with that. You can even have your own server located at a hosting company. Then issues like a steady power supply and internet connection can be guaranteed by the hoster.

This is the most secure option

Also not necessarily. You will have to update your machine regularly with all (security) fixes, something that a hoster will do for you.

6. a DNS server

Can be handled externally.
 
Naresh Bafna
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I thank all of you for the advice given.

I will try to host on one of the cheaper options as a beta test, and then, if it my cousin is happy with what i have done, then I can move on to a proper/fully featured host.

Just one more question, since I am doing this on a trial basis, is there a low cost/no cost option of getting a domain name?

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Domain names will probably cost you $10-$25 per year, with an initial similar setup fee. I believe my .com address costs me €15 plus taxes.
 
Naresh Bafna
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Thank you everyone for helping me out.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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