To Serve or Not To Serve
Hi everyone, I am having a difficult time determining if I should attempt to serve my own webpage again or continue with a paid hosting company. I own my domain and had been serving the site from a gentoo box in a closet with the help of dyndns. Didn't really have any problems with it except for one which I will mention later. But a tornado tore through my town and damaged that particular computer. I then set up a paid account through Omnis to host the site while repairing the box.
I now have the box set back up and its just about ready to take over hosting again but I'm starting to wonder if I'm better off keeping it on a paid provider. I liked being able to access any of my linux computers from any internet terminal with ssh, I liked not having to wait on an email back from the provider to find out if they have XXX configured so a webapp would work correctly. I guess my two biggest concerns on hosting it myself is (a)Will it put a real noticible drain on my bandwith (I use 3Mbps(Down)/512Kbps(Up) DSL). My site is just a small hobby site with negligable traffic. (b)Setting up Outbound mail, I dont need it to be a full-fledged mail server, just be able to send out an email if someone fills out a comment form, wants to contact me, etc... Postfix/Qmail/Etc... are sooooo overkill. I just need somthing that can send through an SMTP server like any email client program can.
I know its ultimatly my choice on self-serve or continue through Omnis, I'm just looking for a little input.