So. I registered the domain villaindiv.com to get extra credit for a class. At first I sorta thought it was $18 for 20 extra credit points but ended up being useful because I missed the first 2 weeks of class lol.
But after researching DNS stuff.(honestly I have no idea what dns means). lol. I figured out that as owner of that domain I can use it for more than just my website.
I know that I can set A records for my domain(ill explain in a but) but I didn’t know where on WordPress since I registered this domain through them. In settings however, I did find it:
as you can see I’ve made 2 new A records on this domain. This version of A records makes it so I can write something like: balls.villaindiv.com and it forwards the user to some ip that I choose.
One is pointed to the public ip of my ftp and storage server and one is pointed toward my teamspeak server. This is nice because if I want to invite someone to my teamspeak server, I don’t have to give them my public IP.(because that’s dangerous.)
-also, teamspeak is a low footprint/low latency talk hoster, sorta like skype, exept it doesn’t feed off of your computer like skype does.(just in case you didnt know, skype hosts other calls off your computer when it’s open, BAAAADDD)
-yes I know the beginning of one of the servers is only censored 2 characters so that isn’t very secure, i don’t care. there’s 1296 combinations so go for it.
This makes the server look a lot more professional. Now onto the storage/ftp side. I am always on my computer. either at home or school. Everyone knows what dropbox is. It’s the prime example of an ftp server. It’s available ALL of the time. It also works no matter what network you are on. If you have the dropbox client installed on your computer, It shows up as a normal folder that automatically updates if you put anything in your dropbox anywhere in the world.
I made my own “dropbox” sort of thing. By starting an ftp server on my server computer and sharing a specific folder on the server, I can make anyone with a username and password able to access the server’s folder. On a windows computer I can “Map Network Drive” and enter the username and password and it’ll make a folder on my computer that is constantly connected to the server. This works no matter what network I am on. Its like a network thumb drive. It works great and the only bottleneck in the system is the server’s network speed and the client’s network speed. otherwise its pretty awesome. You can even type the server’s address in a browser window and view the files if you have a password. On an android or iphone you can access the ftp server and read and write files also.
here’s a pic from my laptop while I’m at school:
The A record on the domain comes in at this point. If I leave my laptop on a table and someone looks at it, it wont show my server’s ip. It’ll say something like balls.villaindiv.com. lmao
Now the reason I made this ftp server isn’t cause I’m one of those people that think that having crap online in a place like dropbox is dangerous. I honestly don’t care if someone wants my homework. I did it because I have an unlimited amount of storage and well… cause I wanted to lol. dropbox is free yes. but 2gb is $99 a year and 5tb is $750 a year…
its like….. are you serious dropbox?
If I wanted 2 more gb I could rummage around the house, find a thumb drive, and plug it into my server for more storage.
If I wanted 18tb I could buy 3 6tb nas drives from newegg for $750 and plug it into the server. (A nas drive has an average manufacturer run time of 1,000,000 hours or over 100 years lol)
You make your money back as long as the drives last 1% into their lifespan lol.
dropbox however, makes a ton of redundant copies of your data just in case they have a server issue or something. You could run a raid setup so that all of your data is copied to two or more different drives in case of drive failure. There’s also the issue of power. If it goes out, so does your server. You also don’t pay for electricity with dropbox, I have a computer running 24/7 in my hallway that I’m paying for that luckily only uses about $3 a month in power. Also how often do you have network outages or you need to reset your router? It all stops there.
I have pretty reliable internet and power so I’m not really worried about it. The server has only been down once and that was because I accidentally stepped on the power adapter when I was drunk. lol.
This setup is really good, In a few months I’m moving into Sacramento to live with my friends. All 4 of us have lived together before and We’ve known eachother for 8ish years or more. All of us are techies, and we’re always online. Now we can all use my storage server to host homework files from class or even just as storage to keep our personal computer hard drives empty and fast.
I used my server to host all of my regular programs and drivers because as a person that redoes his operating system often, its nice to not have to re-download EVERYTHING over again.
Another server I will be making will host the Teamspeak server, Counterstrike server, Minecraft Server, and pretty much anything else I want. The two servers are separated for security reasons.
I estimate that it’ll take about $10 a month in electricity to run both servers. To rent these servers from an online host, you’d usually pay $5 for minecraft, $5 for counterstrike, $5 for teamspeak, and so on. We already talked about the price of storage servers online lol.
I recommend anyone that has the ability to do this to take this on. Its super cheap, It’s reliable(as long as you raid your drives), and it just useful.
Glenn if you’re reading this, thank you for making the domain extra credit :D