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Starting out and Seeking a host Macintosh Specific

8:32 pm on Jun 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member eliteweb is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

I usually don't mind hosting my content on UNIX or Wintel based servers however with this new project I am working on it would be enjoyable to host it on a Macintosh. I don't have my own connection right now to serve from and do not have a mac web server.

I've seen a few sites that have the webhost searches but I have not found any to search for Macintosh web hosts. Its there a more well known place, are there only few and used privatly or is it a well known and talked about topic?

10:15 am on Jun 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi EliteWeb,

I just did a search for "Mac hosting" with 431,000 results. So there are a couple of mac hosts out there.

I heard 4 or 5 years ago that the US Army did some research about web server security after their web site was hacked. They found the Mac to be the safest and switched. I also read about sites hosted on Macs launching contests. They where offering up to 10 000 $ to the first hacker who could deface the site. From what I know thoses contests where never won.

I don't know much about web hosting at all. Always left hosting to specialists. Can Mac run PERL?

Else from security, what could be the adventages of hosting on a Mac? Can any shed some light?

11:30 am on Jun 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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MacPerl is available and runs fine on macs:

Here is another goodie:

I'm not sure about OSX, but the big disadvantage of mac (classic) hosting is concurrent users, there is not a true industrial strength server for mac. You are also limited with database capabilities, there is not a MySql port for mac. You have to use some fairly obscure databases to "make it happen" on a mac (4D).

If you are going to be serving static pages, mac is okay, but scripting/programming capability is limited by server software.

I always thought that FMpro would be a nice db for web development, but unless you spend big dollars for the enterprise stuff, you are hobbled by the concurrent user issue, I think the default is less than 10 users. I use FM to model db locally and then move it to MySql or flat files for web use.


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