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Written By Sam on 31 October 2012
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While most web publishers will be be happy with using a just about any online web host, some power users will also want to take advantage of running a personal web server. It’s not for everyone, but it can be useful if your circumstances require it.

Personal web servers are physical computers in your home or office that serve up webpages to the internet. Instead of hosting your files at an online host, a personal web server is an actual computer that you have to keep online 24/7. Anytime you go to a webpage on your personal web server, you will literally be pulling the file from this dedicated machine. Obviously, running a personal web server is not something to be taken lightly. Still, it has several benefits.

When creating a complete overhaul of an existing site, sometimes it can be useful to use a personal web server to host the site for presentation. Although bandwidth will be limited by your upstream connection speed, the site will be identical to the live version while remaining relatively inaccessible to the public. The main benefit to using a personal web server for this instead of an online host lies in not having to upload another instance of your site to a different location. Also, online hosts regularly back up files you upload; by using a personal web server, you can relatively limit how many copies of these files get distributed across the internet.

Some people also use a personal web server as a way to store files for use from any internet connection. While it is difficult to keep what files you store there private, this can be very useful if you wish to make it easy to access your public files at a distance, like a music or movie collection. Your personal web server won’t be able to handle a large load unless you have an unusually high upstream connection speed, but if you’re only sharing these files with a few friends, it can be rather convenient.

Of course, running a personal web server is not the kind of thing that beginners should attempt. If you’re not fully comfortable with exposing port 80 to the internet (or if you don’t know what this implies), then it is strongly recommended that you do not attempt to set up a personal web server.

This is a Guest Post written by Sam Peters, who frequently blogs about ways to successfully increase traffic on your website such as upgrading to faster hosting like SiteGround.com.

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