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hpr0910 :: Introduction to Pagekite.

Software that gives your localhost servers names and makes them globally visible

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Welcome to my awkward second episode.
Today I'll be introducing you to pagekite, a service for giving a public face to your local servers.
Check it out at

Bring your localhost servers on-line.

PageKite is software that gives your localhost servers names and makes them globally visible. It works with any computer and any Internet connection. It's so easy you'll never want to think about routers, IP addresses or other technicalities again. It's open source, too!


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Comment #1 posted on 2012-01-27T20:55:08Z by Deltaray

Another way

Sorry to be a wet blanket, but you can also do this in 3 easy steps using an SSH tunnel:

1. Turn on GatewayPorts and PermitRootLogin in sshd_config on remote.server.hostname where you want the website to appear on the net.
2. Open up port 80 in firewall on remote.server.hostname
3. from your home machine, run ssh -R *:80:localhost:80 root@remote.server.hostname

Then people can go to http://remote.server.hostname/ and it will go to the webserver on your local computer. Remember though, either way, you're still allowing access to your computer on the public internet and if that gets compromised, your local network. May not be what you expected.

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