Setting up a Mini Mac Web Server...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nate, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. nate macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2003
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    I was thinking of hosting my own Web sites, instead of going out of my way and paying someone else to host them for me... They are just simple sites, and I have a few small projects that I'd like to host.

    At first, I was thinking that I had get an Xserve machine, which I don't have the money for. But then, a friend of mine is just using an older Windows computer to host a couple of his sites.

    So, I thought, there must be a way to do it with Mac without having to buy expensive hardware...

    And I found a few sites that claimed OS X has Apache built right into it and they gave instructions on how to set up your own personal web server. Really neat!

    The pages didn't show how to do it in Tiger, but I think it must be similar. It didn't look hard: click a box, download PHP and MySLQ (if you want) and get a DNS name. Stuff you can do in less than an hour and you are ready.

    But, there is one question -- what is the Difference between my Copy of Tiger (normal) and Tiger Server OS?

    Do I need Tiger Server OS?

    on that note: for some reason, I cannot buy a copy of it (only with a 10 user licence). It Tiger server worth it for something small?

    I don't think I need Web Objects and other things, which are expensive. I'm mainly using HTML, Java, and Flash... probably PHP and MySLQ for things like a message board.

    ... I figure that it can't be that difficult or expensive to set up something simple -- other wise I can pick up a cheap PC and do it (but it looks more complex on a PC than a Mac).

    Also, if I end up making a Mini Mac Web server to host several of my sites, what kind of performance can I expect?

    Will Window's users have any problems accessing the sites?

    ... and, one more thing: are there any updated sites on setting up your own server with Tiger?

    I just think it would be neat to set up a web server with a Mini Mac -- it is so idea! Just a tiny little box, and it won't take up much room, and I don't have to pay someone to host several sites for me. It is also cheap, and I won't need to use the mini mac as my primary computer.

    Just a fun, little project I had in mind. :)

    --nate :)
  2. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005

    No they shouldn't have any

    Open your Sites folder (Home/Sites), open index.html and read how to set up yor own server
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Not sure if it supports Tiger yet, but I used this AMP installer to make life easy as it even provides System Preferences to start/stop all the services. Best part is it doesn't touch your existing Apache/PHP install, either.
  4. Kelmon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2005
    United Kingdom
    From an ease of use (assuming that you don't need the latest versions), Server Logistics provides nice free packaged downloads of Apache 2 (Tiger only includes version 1.3 for some reason), php (version 4.3.9), mySQL (version 4.0.21), and Jakarta Tomcat (version 4.1.24). What's kinda neat about these packages is that not only do they provide you with a nice installer, but they also configure the connections between themselves and Apache 2. Personally, I'm still having a 'mare trying to configure Apache 2 with the current version of Tomcat for my JSP/Servlets powered application...

    Anyway, you can certainly install these applications on the Mac Mini and, as noted by others, the Mac Mini already comes with Apache (I wasn't aware that php was included by am not surprised). The only potential problem you might have is the Mini not being able to cope with all your traffic and bandwidth restrictions imposed by your ISP for uploads. This, of course, depends on how nice your ISP is...
  5. Toe macrumors 65816


    Mar 25, 2002
    The main difference is in the configuration and in the configuration tools. OSXS includes Server Admin which allows you "easy" access to setting up all kinds of powerful server services.

    But many of those services are available in the Client, and most of the rest can be installed. In terms of web serving, there is no real difference... both run Apache, the most popular/powerful web serving engine on the internet. It just seems odd that that is what you are launching when you click on "Personal Web Sharing" in the Sharing pane.

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