Phil's Rambling Rants
Tigertoy Digital Photography|
|Date:||December 15th, 2004 05:34 am (UTC)|| |
Almost sounds like my last line of work, except that I haven't done a lot of web server administration or hosting -- mostly the programming end of it.
Many ISPs -- and I'm reasonably sure yours does -- offer web hosting services. You'll have some disk space on the server to hold your files. It's probably not that much more -- about $5/month -- to upgrade from mail-only to mail-and-web.
As for uploading your files there, it can be done with an ftp (file transfer protocol) progam. Windows has a rudimentary one; there are shareware versions available as well. Note that if your ISP is security-conscious and uses secure FTP (like mine does), ask them for a copy of the program or where it could be found.
The biggest expense is the personalized domain name, if you choose to obtain one. That can run up to $50/year, but it can be had for less.
I can understand your aversion to Microsoft's products. I used an early version of FrontPage on a job and hated how it munged my hand-crafted HTML code into something it thought was better. Feh. Also find out if your ISP uses IIS (Microsoft's web server), Apache (nice open-source web server), or some other web server program.
If you're going to really delve into it and have online ordering, then it starts to get more complicated and expensive.