How do i host a website on my mac

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by virgil, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. virgil macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2006
    I know that apple has a built in personal web sharing tab in system preferences but i do not know how do get it so that anyone can see the website that i am hosting? do i have to have a static ip? And if this can work so that others can see my website how can i change the site name? thanks
  2. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    just so you know it is going to be unbearably slow.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Firstly, you search the forums because we've answered this a couple of times just in the last week

    2) Check your ISP contract to see if you are permitted to run a server
    3) Buy a static IP address or investigate a Dynamic DNS service (do your googling, I'm not gonna type it all out here)
    4) Set up port forwarding on your router to your Mac, which has to have a static internal address within your home (assuming you have a broadband connection and a firewall/router device) Read the manuals to learn how.
    5) Set up your Mac to do web serving (RTM and Google)
    6) Buy a domain name to use, hook it up through your ISP if permitted, or through an outside dynamic DNS service.
  4. theappleguy macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2005
    Just pay for shared hosting. It will be much faster and more reliable than using a residential broadband connection to host your site. :)

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