Web Server Configuration Help

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by digisavvy, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. digisavvy macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2011
    Hello all,
    I'm a first timer to these forums and I have a question for the community.

    I want to know the 'best-practice' method of hosting websites from my mac mini server.

    Here's what I have
    - 2011 Mac Mini Server running Lion (with server admin tools and such)
    - The server is running in my home.
    - It will run as a development web server for a number of websites and server as a git repository for versioning purposes.
    - I have a static IP assigned from my ISP.
    - I've registered a domain name from a registrar and changed the A record to point to my static IP.
    - Installed MAMP, though, not sure that's the way to go...

    digilab.co does resolve and right now you can see MAMP does throw up a sort of 'welcome page.'

    - Is MAMP really the best way to go about hosting websites on this public facing home-web-server? IF not, what are some alternatives?
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    MAMP would be the right choice if you didn't have Lion server. You need to remove that and use the built-in version of Apache. You will likely need to use some of the advanced server management tools if you need to get a specific module installed. But, thats pretty manageable.

    You will likely want and\or need to install MYSQL and\or PHP. Google for a couple of guides on how to do that for Lion. You'll then have a self-managed web server.

    I'll throw in a plug for my host. I love Liquidweb and their prices are very reasonable. Plus, you get the benefits of their management and security teams and the available bandwidth far exceeds what you could get from any home or even business internet connection. $50 a month for a vps\cloud server is a deal, in my opinion.
  3. digisavvy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2011
    Hey there,
    Thanks for the reply. This is a little personal project of mine, it's not really a money thing per se. =)

    Thanks for the tip with MAMP, i'll be uninstalling that in short order and do a manual install of MySQL and PHP and PHPMyAdmin.
  4. digisavvy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2011
    Got the web server up and running based on the feedback from DustinT. You rock, man. Thanks!
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cool, glad that worked out so well. Post back if you need anything else, I'm sure we can help.

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