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    Has anyone come across anywhere that you can host student websites preferably for free?
    The IT Teacher in charge wants the students to be able to create a link from their blogs to their websites that they have created, but obviously the websites need to be hosted somewhere first...

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    Found this site that has a list of what the acticale says is free hosting websites.

    Top 10 Free Web Hosting sites

    May be a start but best to research them if I was you. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfarmilo View Post
    Hello,

    Has anyone come across anywhere that you can host student websites preferably for free?
    The IT Teacher in charge wants the students to be able to create a link from their blogs to their websites that they have created, but obviously the websites need to be hosted somewhere first...
    Do they need to be available outside of the school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevehill06 View Post
    Do they need to be available outside of the school?
    Yes, they have to update their blogs as part of their homework so would also need to be able to open their websites from home.

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    We have a linux server set up with EHCP for this purpose.
    Each student is give a username and password, ftp and mysql DB that maps to http://students.domain/studentname

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    I have seen it all hosted in house, students can access it form anywhere they like if you host it yourself you also have full control.

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    I setup the following:

    Ubuntu Server joined to domain
    FTP Installed
    Apache etc installed.

    When a student logged in Via ftp they where given

    /home/domain/username/ as a directory

    Apache was configured with /home/domain/ as the root directory so all a student had to do was go to domain.com/Username/ and that was there website

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    I don't think in house hosting is really an option, have spoken to the network manager before and he doesn't really want to go down that route...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfarmilo View Post
    I don't think in house hosting is really an option, have spoken to the network manager before and he doesn't really want to go down that route...
    I don't see why not - its not as if a webserver takes much looking after or space.

    I would say an externally hosted system would take longer to configure than an internal one

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfarmilo View Post
    I don't think in house hosting is really an option, have spoken to the network manager before and he doesn't really want to go down that route...
    You may find the Network Manager doesn't have the full knowledge to get this kind of system up and running hence he doesn't want to go down that route? I have to say from my past doing this in house is the way to go, you have more control, and you have to remember that student privacy is something to think about here, and where the content the kids are posting is been stored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Ubuntu Server joined to domain
    FTP Installed
    Apache etc installed.
    I've done much tha same, but on a Debian machine joined to the domain via Samba (see this thread: Configuring Samba). Pupils (and staff) can acccess a file share on that server via the file browser on Windows (mount the share as a drive, if you like) and use whatever GUI tool they like to edit web pages, or if they want they can log in to the server via SSH and edit stuff on there. If you have your own local server you can add whatever services you like - Python instead of PHP for CGI scripts, or add a Tomcat server or similar for Java servlets, or whatever you want.

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    I think I will discuss again with the Network Manager and see if I can convince him to have an in house server. I think that would be the better route to go, it's just the cost and hassle of configuring it that I think is his issue with it.

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    the box doesnt really need to be that powerful as its unlikely to have alot of connections all at once.
    for example the school website is hosted on a P3 and does a cracking job

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    I still don't think personally I'd be confident enough to configure something like that, I'm hoping that the network manager might be...

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    When we did this we just took one of the student PCs that was been using in the classroom and used that. As SHimmer45 says its not like your going to host the next youtube or something like that.

    Entry lvl I3 desktop, with maybe 8GB RAM, and IIS, or Apache installed would be more than enough to run what you need. As for time, to get something like this up and running, your only really looking at a few hours max.

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