Opera Unite For Your Own Web Hosting

Opera Unite reinvents the Web, according to Opera who feel that cloud computing and Web-based applications will never be the same.

Seth Rosenblatt at Cnet thinks Opera may have something interesting as it tries to Unite users across browsers.

The Web server is interesting, as well. Being able to host a Web page from your desktop computer, without having to worry about paying somebody for the privilege, has the potential to usher in a new age of Web hosting where the only cost is what you pay your ISP and there’s no middle-man to go through. However, the most popular things to do online that require your own site–sharing media and writing blogs–can be done effectively and cheaply from third-party hosts. Still, Unite-based Web-serving has potential.

What as yet has not been sufficiently discussed are the security aspects of allowing others to use your computer as a server.  Some feel that Opera’s Unite Is One Incredibly Bad Idea

Then there are the security implications. Unite lets users set permission levels for who can access their files, but one of these levels appears to be "completely open." That doesn’t sound good. Ostensibly, you’re sharing files with people you know, but I could envision someone setting up a link to their Opera Unite service that leads people to a file that’s really malware.

For most of us, we will stick to traditional web hosting. There are many fine hosting services that are economical and reliable throughout North America. Even if we all become confident that Opera Unite can be the way we share some of our online properties, undoubtedly this will be complemented by a standard web hosting arrangement.

11 thoughts on “Opera Unite For Your Own Web Hosting”

  1. I think it’s just a replacement for people sharing photos using yahoo messenger etc. There is no php support (atleast directly) and of course people at other end will also require Opera.

    A good attempt from Opera (it’s already a good browser) to get some eyeballs; but it’s not something that’s really all that useful.

  2. Web hosting is so cheap that it wouldn’t even be worth it to self-host. I’d much rather leave the burden of responsibility on a reliable hosting company and pay a few bucks a month than take on all the security risks associated with using one of my machines as a server. It sounds like an idea that is doomed to fail unless they can really back it up with some hefty security measures.

  3. I agree with Jay, the low security of self-hosted sites will quickly entice hackers and various exploits to the point where it may actually increase business for hosting companies because of the masses of people flocking to a more secure host.

  4. Web hosting evolves as the years pass. Cloud computing will elevate web hosting services to a whole new level. Faster servers, larger hard disks, more processes executed per sec and other pc technologies are pushing web hosting industry forward.

    Prices are going down, but unfortunately support and overall quality of the average web hosting firm is also declining. This is done because almost everyone is searching for the cheapest web hosting provider and not for the most reliable and affordable.

  5. Investing in a server and buying the bandwidth is just too expensive. I would rather pay 15 bucks a month for web hosting and get 1000 gigs of bandwidth and 500 gigs of space. Its easier to manage with dreamweaver and i’m 100% sure I wont get downtime. And like Jay said its almost impossible to hack with secure ssl.

  6. Available Web hosting services are mostly the same. The technology to support web hosting is available to just about all of the hosting providers. I think that the only differentiating factor is tech support.

  7. Prices are going down, but unfortunately support and overall quality of the average web hosting firm is also declining. This is done because almost everyone is searching for the cheapest web hosting provider and not for the most reliable and affordable.

  8. However, the most popular things to do online that require your own site–sharing media and writing blogs–can be done effectively and cheaply from third-party hosts. Still, Unite-based Web-serving has potential.

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