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That's right, you can run a webserver on your home PC, create your own website and host it at home :)  Save big bucks on website hosting by using your own computer !

I'll show you some free webserver software for Windows so that you can run your website. I'll explain how to easily defeat your internet access provider's attempt at breaking the link to your website's domain name.

What is an IP Address? (Internet Protocol Address)

Wow, you really want to know! I guess that's a given, considering you were trying to look up your mystical IP Address by visiting this website.

Your computer has an IP address, every machine connected to the internet has an IP address. In today's world that could be your home computer, your tablet PC, your cell phone, home alarm system and even your Xbox game.

Think of the IP address as a street address for your computer. It's how your computer is found on the internet, it's also how you find all those other computers running websites. A unique identifying number given to every single computer on the internet. Like a car license plate, an IP address is a special serial number used for identification. It's how computers talk to each other and route information. Without an address, there would be no one to talk to :-(

IP addresses are comprised of four numbers separated by dots. Here are some examples:


Each number separated by dots can be no larger than 256, for a worldwide maximum of 4.3 billion different IP addresses! That sounds like a lot but they have actually been all used up!

An IP address is not the same as www 'domain name' addresses.

For nearly every web server, the IP address is invisibly translated into a natural English "domain name" for ease of use. Humans are better at remembering friendly words than esoteric numbers. But technically speaking, the IP address is the true identifier of a web server, the domain name is simply a redirector to help people find the web server.

Here are three IP addresses, with their corresponding domain names. Both the IP address and domain name URL can be used to connect to the same web server:

Your internet access provider has a large group of IP addresses to lend out, when you sign-up with an internet access provider, they assign one to your internet router.

Sometimes they randomly refresh your IP address and assign a new one every 30 to 90 days. The do this to prevent customers from running web servers on their home computers, and having to deal with all that extra traffic on the network that it would create... assuming you created a popular website! If the IP address is randomly changed by your internet access provider, it breaks the connection to the web server's friendly 'domain name' that we spoke about above. However, there are many ways around this!

Geek note:

The internet governing body has quietly been upgrading this IP Addressing scheme to allow for an almost unlimited number of IP addresses. This new IP scheme is called IP 6 (pronounced Eye Pea Six).


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