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    Educational Webspace hosting?

    I have been given the task of finding webspace and domain name hosting for our new school website, and I have no idea where to start!

    Any Suggestions?

    Lots of space needed, lots of bandwidth, good price etc, ftp access and all the whistles and bells, (CGI PHP etc)

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    Re: Educational Webspace hosting?

    Internally?

    All you need is to get some static IP addresses from your ISP, sign up for a Domain Name somewhere, get the appropriate ports opened up in firewalls and either use IIS on your Windows Servers, or set up a Linux Distro.

    A lot better, cheaper and manageable than external hosting )

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    Re: Educational Webspace hosting?

    I'll second mrforgetful's suggestion

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    Re: Educational Webspace hosting?

    LEA? Our's provide everything like that - wanted to set it up internally but LEA said it was a muck on (because of the security measures they have in place) and needed 'x' amount of extra boxes to do certain jobs which i would of had to provide. When I asked who they could recommend for web hosting then they replied with "we do all of that" FREE

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    Re: Educational Webspace hosting?

    > Lots of space needed, lots of bandwidth, good price etc, ftp access and
    > all the whistles and bells, (CGI PHP etc)

    Definatly internally if you can, then you can do snazzy high-bandwidth stuff on local machines. You might find this limits the bandwidth when off site, though, depending on the type of Internet connection you have. I use the Positive Internet Company for external hosting, myself - shared or dedicated Linux shell accounts, flexible bandwidth limits, cissy stuff like PHP and /real/ programming languages like Lisp!

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    Re: Educational Webspace hosting?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    Internally?

    All you need is to get some static IP addresses from your ISP, sign up for a Domain Name somewhere, get the appropriate ports opened up in firewalls and either use IIS on your Windows Servers, or set up a Linux Distro.

    A lot better, cheaper and manageable than external hosting )
    Erm... I really wouldn't open ports to your schools curriculum or management server (I'm assuming mrforgetful wasn't suggesting that either).

    An oldish box is easy enough to come by and Linux (ubuntu gets my vote).. Spend a little time securing it and then away you go.

    Alternatively look for something like this will cost next to nothing and lets someone else suffer all the hassle of securing it. That and I'm sure if you ask nice and mention you're doing this for a school, Flump will give you a discount.

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    Re: Educational Webspace hosting?

    I think we are going to go the hosting internally route.

    As said, get it secure and away you go. You could even do a Ghost Image type backup so that restoring is a 10min job.

    My options are;

    Have 2 internal facing NICs on the router, one being the DMZ
    Have 1 NIC going to a managed switch, with a sperate VLAN for the DMZ - our RBCs prefered method (cant quite work out why mind)

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    Re: Educational Webspace hosting?

    I have my own web server I use Slackware Linux with apache.

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    Re: Educational Webspace hosting?

    We use a win 23k box with dual xeons and its only job is hosting three web systems so its good. Downsides of it is that its internet connection goes through the LEA so if its down at the council all our web apps / sites are down as well. ;(

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