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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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Apache Status and Services

Once the installation has completed, the Apache Status Monitor program will start, indicated by the icon in the taskbar.

Apache creates a service called Apache2 in Windows 2000/XP to allow itself to run in the background, serving the website. Double click the Apache manager icon to make sure the service is running. You should see something like the following:

If you do not see the Apache2 service in the manager window, chances are you have a conflict with IIS or another web hosting program. Follow the instructions listed above for stopping the default IIS website hosting service. Once you have made sure that IIS is stopped, restart the Apache service manually by opening a command prompt window (go to 'start\run' and type 'cmd') and navigating to the 'c:\program files\apache group\apache2\bin' directory and typing: apache -k install

This will create the Apache2 service, allowing the Apache web server to run correctly.

Testing the Apache web server

Now that the Apache2 service is successfully installed, the Apache server should be hosting a basic welcome web page on the host PC. To test this, open a web browser and type the following in the address bar:http://localhost

This tells the browser to check port 80 of the localhost, which is physically on the computer. The Apache welcome page should be visible if everything has gone smoothly, as pictured below.

If not, check to make sure the Apache2 service is up and running, and that the default IIS website is not live as detailed above.

If there is another computer on the same network as the Apache server, open a browser on that other system and type the IP address of the Apache server computer to get to the same welcome page. If the welcome page is not visible after doing this, chances are the Apache server computer has a software firewall that has disabled access to port 80 across the network. If this happens, follow the steps listed above for allowing port 80 access through a firewall.

The final step in testing is to attempt to access the Apache web server from the Internet.

If you've already registered a domain name (or acquired one from a dynamic DNS service), attempt to access that website directly from a browser by typing in the URL address. If everything is configured correctly, this should bring you back to the same introductory Apache page. Now move to another Internet-enabled computer on a separate connection and try the same thing. If you see the welcome page again, the Apache server is working fine and publicly accessible. If not, look at the router settings or Internet sharing device to make sure it is correctly configured to pass port 80 traffic through to the Apache web server on the host computer, as we have detailed above.

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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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