I am interested in setting up a webserver(from home), with the ultimate goal of hosting my own e-commerce site(with shopping cart) in about 6-12 months.
There is so much info online, it's somewhat bewildering. I would like to hear from people who have done this: what were some of the challenges that you've encountered, namely security, as well as downtime due to hackers/hardware failure.
Personally, I prefer to go down the Windows Server 2008 RC2/IIS instead of the linux/apache path(minimal experience with linux, none for apache). I have no networking skills(TCP/IP), and a 512kbs ADSL internet connection. Once I host the e-commerce site, I'll be getting better hardware and internet connection.
Anyway, hope to hear from people who have already gone down this path.
EDIT: Oh yeah, I am also looking at using established hosting companies(cheaper) in the short term, but eventually want to run it all myself, with my own hardware. More fun. So that gives me 6-12 months to learn and practice.