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eMac as web server

Hi guys,
does anyone know if / how to set up an eMac as a web server..? I just got 2 and want to start serving my own web sites, just playing at this stage but would like to have a few up and running ASAP. Later would like to run dynamic sites with PHP and mySQL.

I've done a few searches but haven't found a how to guide yet... I know Apache web server is built into MacOS X 10.3. so would be keen to use that and a couple of domain names I own. Also do I need to set anything special up with my ISP..?

Will be running on EMAC - PPC G4 - 1.25GHz - 768MB with Mac OS 10.3

Thanks again and as always your help is much appreciated.

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I think you'll get some better performance...

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out of that G4 if you install Linux without a GUI. OSX really requires more to run the GUI than you should be willing to sacrifice if you want to get the machine serving PHP code through Apache. I would recommend installing a LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) server. A really easy way to do this would be to go:

and download the server version compiled for PPC. Install this on your machine and you will be cookin' like crazy. It won't have a GUI so your config will need to be either 1) Command Line 2) Webmin ( really easy and full-featured browser-based config 3) Install a light-weight GUI like XFCE

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thanks, will check it out.
I'm starting the 2nd year of my Business Analysist - eCommerce degree shortly. I'm getting pretty good with design and functionality, but know nothing about server set ups and software. So I thought I'd have a crack at it before things got too busy.

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The ISP question

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Although your ISP may not find out for a while that you are using your domestic connection for a Web Server, they will eventually.
The other point is that for your Web Server to be found easily, it needs to have a static IP address that DNS point to. DHCP does not cut it for a Web Server.

Try looking in the Help file for the method of creating a web server


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ISP - business hosting

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I've just been reviewing my current hosting and looks like I'll be moving our business hosting up a few plans... which includes 2 static IPs, VoIP and 1 to 4 MB up stream. So next is to look for / plan for some new hardware to suit.

Great tip about the help file... I always forget Apple has all the answers ready for you..!!
The file is even called "Hosting a website on your computer" you click it and it pretty much does it for you.

I'm heading off for a few days, to grab some fresh air and sun. So will catch up next week with progress. Thanks again

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