I have been doing site design/maintence now for around three years, still learning every day ;).
I have also been hosted on a shared Win2k/NT IIS4/5 enviorments. I have two new sites that I am going to do for some clients. I was thinking it is time to broaden my horizons and immerse myself in the unfamiliar, I think it will be a good change.
I am thinking about getting these sites hosted on a shared Apache platform. Now I have always used CP to administor functions for my past sites. I have been reading on apache.org and have been getting a little overwhelmed. I know I should make this jump but need a little pointing I guess.
What are some good BEGINNER sites or books to get up to speed with. I never have believed in the "dummy" books with the yellow covers but am seriously wondering if I need one ;).
No you don't need a "dummy" book. They are really and truly for ... well.....dummies. I personally hate the condescending tone and futile attempt at humor.
Anyway, since you already have experience with IIS, you don't need a dummy book or any book for that matter. You can download a free copy of Apache, install it on your Windows box, and play with the manual and forums. You'll learn it in no time.
When you're ready to go public, you'll have a decent fluency with it.