There are a lot of choices of how to go about it. It depends on how much time,
effort, and money your willing to shell out.
This is how my system is set up. Keep in mind that I'm running Windows 98
(this will work for win95 also)
The biggest cost would be a dedicated computer to be the server.
A 486 at 50 mhz would work, but you could probably find a used Pentium 2-300 for
You'll need a static IP address, but I think you have that area covered 8)
Next the http server. My choice is Apache. it's free, open source, and just
about any problem you run into can be addressed here. Lot's of helpful people
Then you'll want to register your domain name.
That will run you $15 a year... wo-who...
An FTP server-program would be a must. I'm using Serv-U and quite happy with it.
Very flexable- The registration fee is $40
You might want to run your own mail server too. This can cost you depending on
your company needs. Check out:
I've used MDaemon Pro-unlimited and it's awsome, but WAY out of my pocket book's
(hmmm- I just noticed thier resellers link...I might have to look into that 8)
If you decide that you might want to have more that one Domain name, you'll want
to get a DNS server-program. I just shelled out $80 for Simple DNS Plus
They should change the name to VERY Simple DNS Plus
A helpful link if you would like to see some different choices in servers (mail,
ftp, http, irc etc.,)
Or, you could just use one of the many free web page hosting services like
Netscape or bwnow
Free is good. Plus they have to deal with backing up their system, and
Anyway that's my 47 cents worth.
Maybe someone else will add some more choices for different OS machines.
>My boss has asked me to get information on setting up an Internet server. This
>would only be used to host the company's website and nothing else. Because we
>are a branch of a telecommunications industry, dropping fiber into the building
>is not a problem. We are trying to get a general idea on what we would need and
>how much it would cost to do it right.
>Can somebody please give me any information, or point me to the right direction
>on where to go, on how to proceed from start to finish?
>Thanks in advance,