Hosting a website on a personal computer

It is possible to host a website on a personal computer for testing purposes by installing the Apache Webserver, and accessing the site via the loopback address: http://127.0.0.1 or http://localhost.

If the computer is connected to a local area network, it may be possible to access the site using the host computer’s IP addresss – usually 192.168.XXX.YYY. ¬†If the computer is connected directly to the internet, it may be possible to access the site on the web using the computer’s (external) IP addresss. ¬†However, some internet service providers block web hosting from residential accounts.

For Mac users:

http://igerry.com/desktop/apple-os/enable-apache-web-server-os-x-mavericks.html

For Windows users:

http://www.wikihow.com/Install-the-Apache-Web-Server-on-a-Windows-PC

 

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