self hosting

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self hosting is the practice of running the software for your personal website on hardware under your own physical control, typically on a server at home, or sometimes refers to only the aspect of running web applications on a server under your control but not necessarily in your home.

The IndieWeb principles do not make any requirement or even recommendation that this is a good or bad practice. As long as you have your own domain and can export your data, you can move between hosting companies and locations without needing to tell people who visit your website that anything has changed.

IndieWeb Examples

In the broader sense, everyone with a personal website is already an example of self-hosting their web presence, but not necessarily on a server (hardware) in their home.

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Challenges

  • You have to be your own sysadmin. This means that if the server goes down, you are responsible.
  • You have to run your server 24/7 in your home.
    • If you are environmentally conscious, it may be difficult to justify having another computer running all the time when you could use a shared hosting service that is already live.
  • You have to open up network ports to run a public web server.
    • This makes it difficult to retain your anonymity because your IP address may be tied to your physical location.
    • Some ISPs may not provide the functionality necessary to run a web server from home, or have restrictions in their terms of service.

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