Host your own website using IIS7.5
Windows 7 comes with a very handy application/tool set called Internet Information Services 7.5 which allows you to use any PC (Home or on a Network) as a server for your newly created website
You will need to register a DNS Host from here
, purchasing a Domain
You can host a website without the need to register a Dynamic DNS host name. If you visit YouGetSignal
it will give an External Address
which can be used instead of the host name. For example, typing "http://x.xxx.xx.xxx" into your browser address bar will gain you access to the site you're hosting.
You can only host 1 website by using this method unless you add "/[new folder]/" to the end of the address
You will also need your IPv4 address, run command prompt (type cmd into the Start Menu) and type ipconfig, scroll up slightly & take note of your IPv4 address. This will be used to configure your router.
Special thanks goes to z3r010 for the majority of this information
Here's How: Part 1: Acquiring the DNS Host
Part 2: Installing & Using IIS7.5
Go to www.no-ip.com and register for free. Click the 'Add Host' button and you will be give the option to name your host.
Just enter the name of your website and choose a prefix then click 'Create Host' (highlighted in image)
That is all the info you need to enter to create your DNS Host. It is also recommended that you download their NO-IP software too, as this will manage/sync your host.
Step 3: Router/Windows Firewall exception
1, Access 'Control Panel, and click 'Programs' followed by 'Turn Windows features on or off'.
2, Click the checkbox for each of the Internet Information Service toolsets then click 'OK'
Note: A system restart may be required
3, Run the IIS Manager - in the Start Menu type "IIS"
4, Right-Click on 'Sites' and click 'Add Web Site'
Note: You may need to 'Expand' the explorer branch to allow you to see 'Sites'
5, Enter a 'Site Name', this can be anything (E.g. My New Site), 'Phisical Path' (E.g. C:\MY_SITE) and 'HOST Address', this is the address of the HOST you created in step 1 (e.g. my-new-site.no-ip.org) and click OK
The 2 exceptions you will need to configure areNow when you type the HOST address, e.g. no-ip.org, you, and others, will be able to access your site.
1, In the Start Menu, type "firewall" and click 'Windows Firewall with Advanced Settings'
2, Click 'Inbound Rules' then 'New Rule' to start the 'New Rule Wizard. Click 'Port' then 'Next'
Click 'TCP' and enter port '80' then click 'Next'
Click 'Allow the connection' then click 'Next'
Click the rules that apply, then 'Next'
Lastly, name the new fule & click 'Finish'
You will see that the new rule has now been created and you can close Windows firewall
You will need to consult your router documentation for details on how to allow firewall exceptions