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Old 7th February 2009
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Default Running your own web server

Do any of you run and maintain your own web server? For a small to medium site (mostly a personal site) is it worth it or is it simpler to just go with commercial web hosting? Do you find that maintaining the server becomes a hassle?

I have a site (that will work if I ever finish writing the html) that is coming up for renewal. I am debating whether or not to remain with my web hosting company or to to host the site myself using dyndns. I currently have a spare PC that can be used for a server, so that's not an issue.

I did some quick calculations and the cost of my current hosting plan and the cost of just the electricity to run the server 24/7 (based on 50 watts usage - and 10 cents per kWh) comes out comparable.

On the one hand, I like the idea of hosting my own site and having it run on NetBSD (I don't know of that many - if any - commerical hosting that uses NetBSD) and having the learning experience, but I'm busy and I don't know how much maintenance is required (setting it up initially is fairly straightforward) and how much hassle keeping up with security would be.
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