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Today i am happy to announce i have built my first web server I used an old pc and was able to get apache, php, sql and phpadmin to work correctly and i could see everything in a browser by a localhost on the pc. Now here comes the bigger question. Where do i go from here?? I have always used hosting companies and just logged into the site and uploaded my html/css. I was hoping this computer would come in handy when testing sites and while i learn more about php and sql which i know NOTHING about yet. I would like to be able to load sites to the server and view them on other computers. How to do this the best way i dont know. On the pc i followed a manual instruction set on how to setup everything so my PC is not technically a wamp because i kept getting errors while trying to install it. I have setup a folder on my C: drive called websites per the instructions. How could i be able to see files in this folder from other computers on my network?? How could i be able to see files on this computer outside my network but secure it from other people hacking into my network?? I would love to be able to just type the folder's name on another computer in my network and be able to bring up the site for testing. Ideas on where to go are great. Tutorials, training and information will be appreciated and awarded This is a big step for me in web design!!!
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For a more secure web server, install Ubuntu server 10.10 and in the install process select LAMP for server option. LAMP will install apache, php5 and mysql. Then install webmin for browser interface. Its all free! To add files to the web folder use network shares ie samba for linux. It can be installed from webmin and editing the config for samba is easier to change ie add users and share folders.
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Wouldn't it effect what I've already done?
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Absolutely. You would be starting over from scratch.
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Absolutely. You would be starting over from scratch.
oh how i hate you, lol.... j/k.. shooting on trying to get this XAMPP installed. Then i will be able to get joomla running. the installer article is geared to XAMPP so.
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Also, Becareful hosting a true webserver on your ISP. Most if not all in America(unsure of other countries) actually have it in the TOS that hosting a webserver without having a business account, is a big NO NO. Regardless of the use or bandwidth used.

Other than that. Using a linux based server is your most secure option. Even if it is a pain to setup(in some cases). But for just starting off, and not worrying about outbound traffic, your on the right track.
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so should i stop and spend my tine trying to do a linux server?? i have microsft server and i just downloaded XAMPP and wanted to give it a shot
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You can always dual boot! or use a vm to test linux if the windows based stuff isn't working out like you want. In all reality linux almost always beats windows in most all fields. You just starting off, will be fine with windows. After you get bored with it and have it all figured out, move on the better/faster stuff.
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only thing with that is ive got so much imt rying to learn on my plate, the last thing i want to picup is that. I would just be happy to get everything to work on a PC side and go linux way down the road.
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WOW, f wamp, it took about a minute to get the XAMPP loaded and operational
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