How Does one host a WordPress Server at Home you may ask?

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Now that is a reasonable question. Because you are thinking, “well this jackass Tim is hosting his server and even offering to host other folks on his computer”. How in the hell is he doing that?

It is relatively easy and here are the steps necessary.

  • Step 1, you usually need a cable host with relatively decent upload speeds. Mediacom gives me roughly 7 mbps uploads and that is plenty.
  • Step 2 you will need some DNS services. There are quite a few, but if you are at home stick to those offering Dynamic DNS. I use ChangeIP.com which as of today works fantastic! There are others, so feel free to look around.
  • Step 3, you will need to set up a server, with Apache, or similar and php 5 and MySQL and a few dozen other minor items. If you are a Linux geek, this will be easily done.  If not, well I am not here to teach, just tell you the basics.
  • Step 4, once you have some sort of web server installed you will need to configure to accept connections to the specified domain and point them to the correct folder. (it’s getting complicated now, ain’t it?)
  • Step 5, you will need to upload your WordPress install files to the correct folder and set permissions correctly. (this is called chmod)
  • Step 6,  you will need to set up server aliases in case folks still type in ‘www’ before your hostname. Oh, yeah, you will need to set those up in DNS also.
  • Step 7, you will need to create a database, set permissions and then remember the username/pass for said database when installing WordPress.
  • Step 8, there is the mail server. Trust me, use Sendgrid if at all possible.
  • Step 9, did I forget to mention forwarding all the needed ports on your router. Yeah, you need to do that too. You also need to reserve that IP for that Ethernet connection so it doesn’t change.
  • Step 10, if are trying to do this via a Windows-based server I can’t help you….you are doomed. Please run your web server using a Virtual Machine such as Turnkey Linux LAMP stack.

If all the above stuff has you confused and bewildered, worry not, it took me only a few years to get good at it. But if you still want a free WordPress server to learn on….well…read the signup/rules link .


Follow Tim on Twitter @tl1000rzx2
Or check out my other blog: THE Tablet Test Server
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I guess I am missing my target audience…or the world is content to be restricted.

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So while I didn’t exactly expect a thousand requests for a free WordPress server, it simply confuses me that no one, as of this moment, has chosen to register on this site and request to either be a helpful admin or run their own little WordPress server.

Perhaps I am giving the human race far too much credit for wanting to try new things and/or do a wee bit of their own thinking and learning.

After all you can get a free domain and a WP server elsewhere with all thos restrictions that prevent you from learning. If that is your path, you have chosen poorly, but you go right ahead and enjoy it.

Tim


Follow Tim on Twitter @tl1000rzx2
Or check out my other blog: THE Tablet Test Server
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Geek(s) Needed…

web-geek-geeks-21693472-900-563This site will never be super-fast, nor super huge, but I sure could use help with the admin chores on it.

This is your chance to play admin/god on a web site with very little oversight from me. Restrictions are simple, you must be someone I know , a conservative, pro-gun, anti-global warming and hate CNN. Pretty simple, because most of the folks in my G+ circles are all that.

The job….pays nada, takes only a few minutes per day and requires basic computer skills. The goal, find 3-5 folks who want to learn wordPress and help them do just that.

That is all…leave comments below if interested.


Follow Tim on Twitter @tl1000rzx2
Or check out my other blog: THE Tablet Test Server
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Welcome to your very own Free WordPress site with no restrictions.

screenshot_01This site is designed to tell you about our little server. You need to simply apply for access and if deemed worthy you will get your own WordPress powered server to edit and play with.

Certainly there are restrictions. But most will be minimal. If you don’t use up all my bandwidth, you can have yourself a nice little WordPress test site here.

Consider it an opportunity to learn how to use WordPress without any sales hype or restrictions on what you can install. Of course, you abuse it and poof, you will be gone like a bad dream on a cold morning.

That is today’s only message.

Tim


Follow Tim on Twitter @tl1000rzx2
Or check out my other blog: THE Tablet Test Server
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