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With Mac OS X out on the prowl it makes it nice and easy to host websites on the Mac platform with OS X running and supporting Apache/mySQL/PHP
For the Macintosh Web Hosting here is a list of servers I have seen used or have used myself.
Quid Pro Quo
Tenon WebTen (Apache web server for Mac OS)
Microsoft Personal Web Server
HTTPd for Mac
Personally you can't beat Photoshop on the Mac, Quark et al but for servers/hosting forget it, even if their new rack mount looks seriously good!
I've run my personal academic website on my Mac since people first had websites (I actually had a Gopher server running on my Mac before that), and from the beginning to this day I have used Chuck Shotton's wonderful and free MacHTTP. It is the archetypal Mac application: assuming you have a live Internet connection, just download, unstuff, double click, and in literally 60 seconds your machine is a webserver. The basic template files are there and you just edit them with a simple text editor (even Apple's old SimpleText will work fine). This personal site (my username here plus .net) has been running uninterruptedly on an old PowerPC 6100 under MacHTTP 2.4 (total size, 275K) for years without a hitch.
Now, this is a low-volume site (maybe 300 hits/day), but most sites on the web are. If you work for a school, college, non-profit org, or just do it for fun, there isn't anything easier or cheaper. That being said, I've just never run MacHTTP on a big machine like a G4 or something, and it may well be able to run a high-volume site perfectly well. It does have all the bells and whistles and can handle cgi, passwords, domain security, etc.; I just don't happen to use those so can't advise about them.
Chuck is close to releasing version 2.5 which is supposed to be a major upgrade. It's also open source if you're a techie who likes to poke around with such things. Pay a visit to [machttp.org...]