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    Web server/Broadband

    I am going to have a go at setting up a web server using Apache2 on Windows 2000 in my house/office in the UK with a NTL broadband connection to Web. I will initially just host my own web site - but depending on difficulties/practicalities I may look to add others.
    Based on what is written below I will probably use PHP/MYSQL for serverside applications. Has anybody been through this process or something similar and like to offer any words of warning/advice?

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    only advice is if you want to use PHP then don't use apache2 use apache1.* or maybe even something like sambar server, in fact for serious hosting, until apache2 is stable then you may even consider IIS (the dark side I know) which for all its pitfalls is a fair but faster than apache on win32

    Obviously I would suggest *NIX for any type of web-hosting, then you get apache/PHP/MySQL at their best, though I appreciate that that might not be an option.
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    MVC is the current buzz in web application architectures. It comes from event-driven desktop application design and doesn't fit into web application design very well. But luckily nobody really knows what MVC means, so we can call our presentation layer separation mechanism MVC and move on. (Rasmus Lerdorf)

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    firepages thanks for that

    main problem with IIS is cost - Licensing etc v. expensive. Was thinking of PHP because it seemed to be only "simple" option with Apache given the JAVA option requires addition of Tomcat - and that presumably adds extra difficulties? Any thought on that ?

    I have now read your comments on PHP forum. The key question is what is currently the best/most reliable server side language to use with Apache 2 to do database retrieval/update and have reasonable security.

    I am using Apache 2 because of windows compatability and using windows because of familiarity - enough stuff to get to know without adding in OS.

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    If you have Windows 2000 than IIS is free. I am not a apache or php expert but I tried installing php with apache2 the other week.....now I am just using IIS.

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    allida77, my understanding is that you need a license to use IIS if your webserver is connected to Internet and this is not cheap.

    IIS is only comes with Windows 2k server. This OS is not "free" , with standard PC - Win 2k professional comes free with standard PC which can run Apache.

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    Hi , not sure if you actually need a liscence for IIS if you have the OS liscence ??? I dunno , just the impression I was under.

    Tomcat is not too bad to set up (I have never actually tried with apache2! but assume its the same) but JAVA/JSP does not lend itself well to rapid application development

    If you want stable apache2 then mod_perl is perhaps worth a looksee ? again I dont really know just what I have heard.

    but.... also worth a looklee cos its very fast and lets you use PHP/PERL/etc & the free version is fine ... sambar
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    the search for stability continues

    Thanks for that firepages.

    I am trying to cheat and find a route that's tried and tested but will nose around and find out if there are any problems with Windows2000/Apache2/mod_Perl.


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