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Designers Corner

By the time this book hits the shelves, two high-speed connections, cable and ADSL, will be available in several areas. This could influence your decision to host your own web. Before you buy an account with a cable or ADSL provider, however, ask questions. For the first while, they won't likely let you serve webs from your own machine; instead, you'll have to buy hosting accounts on their servers. Usually a small amount of server space comes with a connection account, but sometimes you can't serve this space with an individual domain name.

The ability to host a web through a dial-in account might be possible with the release of Windows 2000. If your ISP adopts Windows 2000 Server, you should be able to reroute your domain name using Dynamic DNS. Dynamic DNS, in effect, tells the Internet whenever your domain name is associated with a new IP number, letting you host a web even if your IP address changes, as it does when you dial in to most ISPs. However, Win2000's features are far from final at the time of this writing, and ISPs might choose not to allow this, so don't count on it. Besides, you'd have to stay connected at high speed, and if your site had any significant traffic at all, even ADSL wouldn't be fast enough to serve it properly.


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