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I have been developing a business website that will exceed 100 pages and hopefully will continue to grow. I am close to going on line. Is it necessary or advisable for me to take the time and expense to set up a local server? What disadvantages do I risk if I proceed as I have in the past?
If that's the case then there isn't much need to set up a server as it'd be the same as clicking on index.htm within a folder on your desktop and browsing from there.
time and expense
Learning more about the server side environment may help you achieve your site goals quicker too.
However, if your sites work as intended, it's really up to you whether the extra time setting up a server and learning about it is warranted.
Meanwhile the time consumption penalty of testing without a local server nags at me.
I've found a web master who provides a description of setting up a server (with Apache) on my existing PC. It sounds relatively straight forward and inexpensive.
What disadvantages might this approach entail. Could it be a worthwhile step toward a separate local server if that becomes necessary?
In short you can test things localy without having to upload them for testing purposes on your web server.
My test server is an old pc, simply formated the HD and installed Linux. It can be a bit of a learning curv, but IMO very worth it.
Actually since Brotherhood's message I have decided to add a PC and establish a two computer network. I have done that for several reasons including the age of the old machine.
But I also wanted to take a step closer to a local server. However, I understand that I can use Apache server software with my windows operating system. If true this is what I would be inclined to do.
Do you know anything about this?