If you just want some personal web site, you may want to check with your Internet service provider. If you have broadband, you may already have
webspace you dont know about. Most broadband providers throw this into the package, and people are just not aware of it even though they are paying
for it. (well, in the U.S. anyway).
If that is the case, you need to read their instructions, but the work will mostly be making your pictures and text, (use your prefered software for
creating web pages) and using an ftp program to upload them. The drawback is this usually does not come with much space. But if your already paying
for it, what the heck.
You can run it from your own pc, if you choose. I am sure that you are aware of most of the risks, bus since it is your second pc, I doubt you would
have any private info on there anyway, right? One of the bummers is most broadband connections are not a static address, so your webpage doesnt get
resolved properly when people try to access it because your IP has changed. There are free ways around this though.
Probably your best bet is to have 12 help you out. I doubt if you get a better deal, plus great tech support judging by the posts in the computer help
forum on BTS.
But if you REALLY want to do if from your pc, heres a basic start.
XP home edition doesn't come with a web server, but you can get one from
It doesnt have all the bells and whistles but its free, easy and
If your running XP PRO you can install IIS
Make up your web site using your favorite software, add it to your c:\inetpub\wwwroot folder, or add it to IIS on your pc.
Register with a free DNS service that will act like a static address.
Use that service to provide a static weblink.
Shhh. Dont tell anyone the basics are that easy!
Best of Luck.
[edit on 8/18/06 by makeitso]