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Beginners Guides: Website Hosting With Apache

Beginners Guides: Website Hosting With Apache - PCSTATS
Abstract: Apache has been around since 1995 and is the main alternative to Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) web hosting technology.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 11 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Part 2: Installing and using Apache Web server

Now that PCSTATS has walked you the steps of acquiring a DNS name (or not) and preparing the computer for hosting a web page, it's finally time to get the Apache web server up and running. This is actually a very simple process, so follow along and that web site will be live in no time.

Installing Apache

Apache HTTP server can be downloaded from the Apache Foundation website here, there is no fee. Make sure to download the WIN32 Binary file, which comes as an executable MSI file. The un-compiled source code is also available due to the open source nature of the project. At the time of writing, the latest version of Apache HTTP server was 2.0.54.

Once that executable file is downloaded, start the installation by double clicking on the MSI file. Hit 'next' until the server information screen is displayed (at left).

Apache wants three pieces of information here. The domain name and server name (URL) of the website, as well as an email address where the program can send alerts and notifications.

If you're not sure, the domain name is the Internet name space that was registered or obtained, like pcstats.com for example, while the server name is the name of the machine that is hosting the actual website in that domain.

In most cases, WWW is the standard name used for web servers, so if your domain was Pcstats.com, the server name would be www.pcstats.com . If you used a free DNS or dynamic DNS service to acquire the domain name, you most likely chose a different server name as part of the process, so use that.

All three of these entries must be filled out to continue the installation process. If you do not currently have a domain name, either through a domain registrar or a dynamic DNS service like No-IP.com, enter fictional addresses like (yourname).com and www.(yourname).com for now. We will change these once the Apache server program is installed and a domain and server name have been acquired. Of course, it's better to start the whole installation process with a valid domain name, so it would be better if you obtained one now.

Choose the typical installation option and accept the default installation folder. Hit 'install' to begin the install process.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Website Hosting With Apache
 Pg 2.  Can anyone host a website?
 Pg 3.  A Networks' Default Gateway
 Pg 4.  Acquiring a DNS Domain Name (URL) for a Website
 Pg 5.  Configuring firewalls for website hosting
 Pg 6.  Creating a Virtual Server
 Pg 7.  — Part 2: Installing and using Apache Web server
 Pg 8.  Apache Status and Services
 Pg 9.  Basic Apache configuration
 Pg 10.  Domain and Server Name

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