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Is there anyway I can test a Web Page I'm making locally?

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I am in the process of designing a web page, but I want to access it from an older weaker computer to ensure it's in good running condition, how could I go about hosting it on a local LAN?

I have a wifi router (wifi is turned off), which I connect all the computers to locally by Ethernet cable to share the internet, but I only want to access the web page locally...

Sorry for such a newb question...
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post #2 of 11
-install apache
-set it to port 80
-open port 80 in firewall
-plonk website into the htdocs folder
-navigate to the ip address of the computer running apache from any computer within your network (assuming you're using NAT)

This should work for HTML documents
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Is Apache proprietary software?

Also, by port forwarding to port 80, would that be extremely risky (security wise)?
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http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache is free

and port forwarding port 80 SHOULD be fine
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Apache doesn't look very user friendly..

I was hoping for an easier solution, this looks very technical and requires a serious learning curve, or am I being too assumptive here?
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by _GTech View Post
Is Apache proprietary software?

Also, by port forwarding to port 80, would that be extremely risky (security wise)?
You won't need to do any port forwarding unless you want to access the website using the public IP assigned to your router/modem.

EDIT: if you are looking for something simple install XAMPP, it comes with Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl already integrated and mostly set up!

http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
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Looks like I better dig deeper in my studies some more...

Thanks for the tips guys, +Reps..
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As stated, you can install any type of webserver, open port 80 on the firewall that is local to the computer you are on, and any LAN client can browse to that computer's IP and see the website (assuming you put the documents in the correct path).

No port forwarding needed since you're not going to be serving any page to internet users.

Something like IIS should be easy to install on your OS (MS web server).
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933700
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For the very few sites I've built, I've just used WAMP. Point and click for the win..
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XAMPP, WAMP they are very good choices. Although they will load the PHP engine, which you prolly don't need it's great
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