I would like to host a few simple pages on my server in the office. I have Leopard Server runner on a Mac Pro; I have an airport extreme basestation (mushroom shaped one); I have an ISP that has given us 5 static IP addresses; I own a domain name and have a website (using this domain name) currently running on a commercially hosted server outside of the office. I created a subdomain (subdomain.mydomain.com) and I would like to host that subdomain on my server in the office. I know my host will create an A record and "point" that subdomain to wherever I ask them, as I have done something like this before.
I understand the basic concept I need to accomplish: outside world types subdomain --> a nameserver somewhere sends the request to my office --> my router sees request and through a port forward, that request is sent to the server in my office where the pages are sitting.
I am a bit of a beginner when it comes to networking, so here are some questions:
(1) When I set up port forwarding, is the static IP address to which I am assigning the subdomain the IP address of my router? Is it the server? My ISP gave us 5 static IP's. I don't know exactly which one to use. If I go to the web and find one of those "what is my IP", I get what looks like a static IP. Is that the one I should be using?
(2) Also, I am trying to make these pages secure using ssl, so I assume the port I want to forward on my router is 443? When I discuss this with the company hosting my domain, and I tell them I want to create an A record to a certain IP address, do I tell the 188.8.131.529:443? Or, is that not necessary?
I hope this makes sense.