posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 06:28 AM
Yes, you can. And there's no need for any fancy programs and stuff. All you need is some sort of Web Server software, which is freely available. XP
Prof comes with IIS - Internet Information Services. (I doubt if it comes with home ed.). You need to start the service with a base/default home page.
Then you need to open up a port to incoming traffic - port 80 by default. Find your IP address. And you're set.
Easy, yes? Not exactly - I just make it sound easy.
You just opened up your PC to countless attacks from viruses, Bots and all kinds of nasty critters. You need a serious firewall between you and the
incoming packets. Linux is the best option, but then you'll probably need a second PC just to act as firewall.
Also, people will have to know your IP address to enter "your domain". Most ISP's use dynamic IP's, so people visiting your home website will have
to be kept up to date with your IP sometimes on a daily basis. If you want a stable environment, you'll have to apply for a static IP - and they
don't come cheap. Then you'll probably want to register a domain to make access even more stable.
And to top it all, most ISP's don't want you hosting your own little website from home - for various reasons, thus their gateways prevent incoming
traffic from visiting you.
In short. The answer is yes, but it's more trouble than it's worth. Err... My personal opinion.