Welcome to my diy cloud project in which I will give you the steps to build your own cloud server for nearly any budget. Originally this project was going to be a inexpensive NAS server, however my usage now mostly revolves around the cloud functions. As such I will now focus primarily on the cloud server functions. You can still easily enable NAS features which I will touch on briefly when we get that far. Some of the greatest parts of running your own private cloud are not only do I get nearly unlimited storage, as long as I add more drives, I also get complete control over how my data is stored. To make it even better you can replace dependence on third party services such as Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and many other web based cloud services. You can even decrease the amount of programs you have to install per computer. There are mobile apps to let you sync your private cloud services with your mobile devices as well letting it come with you on the go.

Those are not the only features you can even run a web based email client sort of similar to Thunderbird or Outlook from your cloud. Then all your email addresses become easily accessible from any device anywhere. There is even an option to host your own web based KeePass password database so you can access your password database on any device with a web browser. Unlike services that charge you like LastPass you have complete control over it and never have to pay for it. To make it even better if you mix your cloud storage with PortableApps you will have your programs with you on any desktop computer!

So without further ado let me welcome you to my project on building your own DIY Cloud Server. I have greatly enjoyed building plus running my cloud server, its always a journey with its ups and downs but that's half of the enjoyment. Hopefully I can help inspire you to embark on your own similar project and make your own cloud server as well! I will share various tips and suggestions I have learned in doing this project that will save you both time and money. Now let us dive right in and get started.

P.S. I constantly am improving this project as I go along so on occasion check out the already posted sections you've read as I may have added more or tweaked them to make it better!

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