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I'm attempting to load a site from home to the public. The site is functioning on the home network with apache.
I just need to setup the forwarding from the outside..i can probably take care of the firewall redirect but i'm not sure how to push the hostname b/c you need a nameserver. I did a reverse DNS on my public I.P and got the DNS name and attempted to use it as my nameserver but its being refused when I attempt to add it (im with namecheap). It doesn't take I.P's.. Is this the correct way? Any suggestions from ppl running sites from home?
I'm not exactly sure what you've done but it doesn't sound right.
Do you have a registered domain that you can use?
Unless your running a dns server on your machine, and it sounds like your not then you do not want to give your IP as the nameserver. Using namecheap's nameserver will be fine, simply add an A record to point your domain and any subdomains to your public IP. namecheap's control panel should have the functionality to accomplish this task.
You would need namecheaps to give you another domain name or any other DNS provider, and then if i was you look into virtualhosts with apache. This enables you to run several different websites all from the same host and apache server. Its not to difficult to set-up but does require some ground work. Just look at on google for apache virtual hosts.
It's all about marketing and pricing strategy. The logic for the ISP would simply be the level of service versus the price. At the low end, what they typically offer is a basic connection for browsing, e-mail, etc. They have no obligation to allow you to do something that goes beyond what they are agreeing to provide.
As long as there is no monopoly, then there is nothing wrong with an ISP setting any policy they want.