Will it be possible to link my personal hosted website into Rails
running on my home computer running XP and Instant Rails? I’m not
expecting lightning fast speed in any sense, but will I be able to
dish out some pages from home to the world?
Yep, no problem. Any files in your rails/public directory will get
served. Drop your website in there. Beware that if you have a page
named the same as something that should route to the rails app you
will be served the static page not the rails page. i.e. in config/
routes.rb you route the root ‘welcome’ to the some rails controller
and you also have public/welcome.html. You will not see your rails
page, only welcome.html will be served.
That said, I assume you are adding dynamic pages (i.e. a rails
application) in addition to your static pages… If you are just
looking to serve your pages you should just use Apache/IIS etc…
another thing… your other site should conisit of static pages – I
don’t believe theres any way to have (for example) PHP pages served
from your public folder.
I do have dynamic IP so I will have to send some sort of update to my
hosted account so it knows where I am. Any thoughts on accomplishing
that as well?
I use http://www.no-ip.com and have had zero problems. They have a
free plan you can try out, and the next step up is really cheap.
Generally these services provide some sort of client that updates them
on any changes to your dynamic IP. I’m using this with OS X and Ubuntu
linux (also have a win machine, but havnen’t installed the client on
Other options to consider – check out VMware Server (http://
vmware.com - free) It’s great for setting up low hassle experimental
machines (for example linux) that run within your XP box.