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Charter - Apache Web Server

Forum: Apache Web Server
Category: The Webmaster World
Moderators: incrediBILL, Ocean10000 and phranque
Previous Moderators: jdMorgan
Founded: October 20, 2003
Description: All things Apache


Apache is, by some arguments, the most successful example of open source software in history. Widely regarded as the best web server available today.

Posting Topics:

We focus on Apache httpd.conf and .htaccess configuration files, including mod_rewrite questions. Discussions and questions which are wider in scope (e.g. those concerning PHP configuration, Tomcat installation, etc.) may get better responses in our Website Technology forum or in one of our server-side scripting forums.

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  • Don't get upset if someone has the answer but wants to provide you with resources and material to help you solve it on your own. After all, the most educational threads are those where members learn how to help themselves. Such threads also prove to be of most value the next time someone has a similar question.

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  • Please describe your server environment and include whatever research and testing you've done so far. This will help the members who are willing to help you, and increase their number, too. Better, more-detailed questions get faster, better, and more-detailed answers, since the other members won't have to ask you for more information.

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  • We understand that it is often necessary to provide code samples. Just keep them short and focused please; Excessive code dumps will be edited or deleted.

  • Please do not post copyrighted code. We respect the rights of authors; In accordance with law, posts containing copyrighted code will be deleted if found in this forum.

  • Code posted in response to a question, but with no explanation offered, may be edited. "I fixed your code" posts with no additional explanation add little or no educational value to the discussion.

"Fix my code" and "Do my homework for me" threads:

This is a discussion forum, not a help desk or a free code-writing service; If you have a problem, please try to research it and then phrase your post in a manner conducive to general discussion of the issue. Rather than providing one-off solutions, we prefer to help people find resources to help themselves.

A general guideline for code-related problems is: Post your own code and describe what you hoped it would accomplish. Then describe how it fails and include all relevant information from your server error logs. Too-general posts in the form of "What code do I use to do this?" often go unanswered for a long time.

The following resources are often referenced in our Apache forum, and may help to answer or focus your questions.

Frequently-cited resources:

Thanks for reading our charter, and welcome to the Apache forum!