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i need help self hosting

1:27 am on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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i found a site selfhosting and leaned that i could self host but i need help setup up my computer to self host.i useing win xp.i want to set up my computer to self host my web pages that im working on.if any 1 can please help me thank you
6:14 pm on Mar 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I used to do it the same way, build it, upload it, test it, fix it, upload it, test it etc....

This is a big pain in the butt, not to mention that you are using up your bandwidth limits. (yes FTP counts against your limits)

I have since setup Apache [apache.org] on my machine as a localhost and added PHP [php.net]as well.

Now I don't upload anything until I know it is working correcly, upload it, final test it and done!


3:09 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You deffinitely *can* do server side stuff without a local server environment, but it's much faster with one. The difference between a save-upload-test-fix-repeat cycle and a save-test-fix-repeat cycle adds up over a bunch of iterations. I wouldn't develop any other way.
5:27 pm on Mar 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If you *really* want to learn to mess around with setting up a server, there's no way around installing a server (or two) on your own computer. That way you *really* have the complete control over the system that you need to really mess things up and can install anything you want to experiment and play with.

Most ISPs wont allow you to install anything beyond what they deem safe. This is particularly the case for things that have to go into the cgi-bin. MySQL and PHP are usually the limit, and you are usually *not* allowed to modify http.conf and .htaccess files.

Also, you might want to configure PHP differently than what's available on your ISP and compile and install PHP all by yourself.

Now, if you don't want your apache server to be seen by any other computer than the one you are running it on (localhost or modify http.conf at around line 405 to read :

Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from

this will make sure that only you yourself on your own computer will be able to access the website - everybody else will just get a 401 - access denied :-)

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