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Question:

Can't I just get a DSL line or a cable modem and host the site or my own computer?

Answer by Web Hosting Ratings:

Sure, you could do that, but it's not a good idea for several reasons.  First, vast majority of ISPs won't let you legally use a residential cable modem or a DSL line to host a public server.  You would have to get a more expensive business package.  Second, ADSL and cable lines usually have lower upstream bandwidth than downstream bandwidth, so your site may appear to be sluggish under heavy traffic.  Third, DSL and cable lines have a much lower reliability than dedicated T1 or better lines.  Fourth, you wouldn't have the benefit of data security, data backup, UPS power, and technical support that a host can provide.
 


 
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