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(b) Register or point a domain, sub-domain, or hostname to any Optimum Online IP address. Moreover, users may not have traffic redirected to The Service
that what it says
ummm..... nope .... you pay for a home connection which is for personal use. if you want to host websites from home / office etc, you need a different service, ie, leased line. your ISP will give you fixed IPs etc.
with web hosting costing as little as £20 / $30 a year, is there any point in trying to host from home?
is there any point in trying to host from home?
As a general matter, I would think that if you have to ask how then self-hosting probably isn't for you. Of course, if you're doing it with a domain that isn't critical to anything it can be a great learning experience. But the learning experience will not immediately result in a reliable domain.
you need a different service, ie, leased line. your ISP will give you fixed IPs etc.
you can always block access to the webserver from outside your own home either at the router your ISP has given you or on your computer itself.
ZoneAlarm can do that for your for instance if you at first can't find out how to do it in your sever configuration.
But to advise you further as to giving access to your potential webserver, I need to know more about you setup:
1) did your ISP give you a router to connect through
2) do you have a local LAN in you home
True, they do require a server environment to function, but it can be a remote server on the internet. I have extensive experience with SSI and cgi, and have never had a server installed on my machine.
It helps to have a fast connection, then you can learn a lot. Build it, upload it, rebuild it...