Originally posted by Rhymester
1. Is it just software that turns a computer into a server? If so,
At risk of appearing like the village idiot I'm going to ask the
questions that have been building up in the deep recesses of my grey
matter for some time now...
Any machine can be a server, regardless of the software on it. It is
just how you use a machine that makes it a server, not what it is.
In the real world though, operating systems are optimized/installed
for one role or another. [e.g. Win 2k Server would be used for most
file servers in a Microsoft biased office]
2. Is a server connected to the web via a normal telephone line?
No, it is down to the ISP. They normally sit on some super fast
connection, it is generally our server speed that slows things down,
not the available bandwidth of our hosts.
3. If so, is this like making a 24 hour a day, every day, telephone
call with the associated call charges?
Um, kind of. (but not really 😉 )
4. Does having a web site 'open' but not active have any effect on
Not sure what you mean on this one.
5. Can anyone set up a server in their home home, load web sites
onto it and become their own ISP?
Not really an ISP, but you can host stuff on your own machine. (I do
on mine for development purposes - and it is available on the web)
BUT most ISP's change your IP address each time you connect - so
hosting in this situation can be difficult, and it is not a permanent
6. What factors decide how many users can access a web site at
Really down to the capabilities of the server.
7. How many users can a site like RHP cope with at any one time?
You know what, I really don't know! 😳 But this site does get VERY
busy - it is the number of requests (page impressions) that cause the
problem, not the number of users.
8. Are there any really good, free or inexpensive web site hosting
sites? Are there any catches?
Lots. Free ones do exists, but they may put adverts on your site.
One that used to be free for people playing around (they hope you
will sign up as a paying member if your site gets big) is
www.brinkster.com. You can use ASP and an access DB, for free -
great for getting
Hope this helps.