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l0lpad 04-22-2013 04:10 AM

set up mailserver

I recently bought a domain at
It's a ".com" domain. Now I decided to set up my own server at home for the services of dns, email and ftp using this domain.I also would like to host a simple website on this domain using my own home server. To achieve this I'm thinking of using debian or ubuntu server, however if you think its better to use something else please tell me. I have minimal linux knowledge (two weeks in arch linux) and no to minimal networking knowledge.

Also I don't know where to start. Do I first have to set up a dns server that redirects the user to the files that make up the website on my home server? What should I do or read first?

acid_kewpie 04-22-2013 04:19 AM

don't do it yourself, use a hosting service, it's SO much safer and easier. If you don't know what you're doing already you WILL go wrong, and quite probably regret it. It's often just plain cheaper to use a paid service than spend the extra electricity running your own hardware.

l0lpad 04-22-2013 04:27 AM

Suppose security is not an issue meaning that I have nothing to hide.
Also suppose elecetrycity cost will not be an issue because my server will use about 13 watts.

acid_kewpie 04-22-2013 04:43 AM

Well, if you want to it's possible. You really can NOT host DNS though in most cases. if your address changes, then you can't reach the DNS server in the first place, I would recommend using a free dns service like instead. Everything else though, you're free to run wherever you want. Just start reading up about Apache and follow the many wonderful guides and tutorials online.

l0lpad 04-22-2013 05:09 AM

Ok, thank you!

l0lpad 04-22-2013 05:26 AM

My ISP is able to give me a static ip, can give me a free Dynamic DNS. is also offering a free Dynamic DNS service. Wich one should I pick?

acid_kewpie 04-22-2013 06:15 AM

whichever you want, as above, I like

descendant_command 04-22-2013 06:23 AM


Originally Posted by l0lpad (Post 4936366)
My ISP is able to give me a static ip, can give me a free Dynamic DNS. is also offering a free Dynamic DNS service. Wich one should I pick?

If you have a static IP and a domain name, then you don't need a dyndns service.
I agree that you should outsource your DNS because

no to minimal networking knowledge
If the DNS is wrong, nothing else will work.
I don't know Godaddy, but most registrars have DNS services and allow you to set it easily via a web form. Just put a A record for your domain pointing to your static IP.

l0lpad 04-22-2013 09:40 AM

Following the recommendations I tried to use but I could'nt login because I had no account. Then I decided to go with Now I have a domain using dns NS1-4.AFRAID.ORG. What should be the next step? Get ubuntu server up and running?

acid_kewpie 04-22-2013 10:34 AM

Oh, zoneedit have redesigned everything. Fair enough.

so you can certainly get the reset working in test without any DNS, but you might as well get all DNS entries resolving too your own IP. As for apache and whatever you want to host, standard docs apply.

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