What is the Sites folder for?

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  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

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    Home>Sites - what's it for? It's always empty.
     
  2. uaecasher macrumors 65816

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    this is used for saving sites if you want to use localhost i.e make your computer a server and people can see the website through your IP address
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It's for your web sites; e.g., iWeb and local folder publishing.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    If you enable internet sharing under  -> System Preferences -> Sharing, other people on your local network will be able to see stuff in that folder by navigating to http://yourcomputername.local/~yourname/ in their web browser, and you can do so at http://localhost/~yourname/. The stuff displayed at http://yourcomputername.local/ is located on your hard drive under /Library/WebServer/Documents.

    You can also install PHP/MySQL/Ruby/whatever and use your computer as a local testing server if you swing that way.
     
  5. Peace macrumors Core

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    Apache web server is great for large families that need to look at daily family related info. I have a main system that puts up daily info and everybody can check out the calendar..appointments menus etc..

    The site folder is great.
     
  6. MKSinSA macrumors regular

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    A great little intranet built right in, eh? This is a good feature to know about.
     
  7. chkdg8 macrumors 6502

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    If I don't use this feature, is it okay to delete it?
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I don't see why not. If you need it, you can always recreate the folder.
     
  9. chkdg8 macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the quick response.

    EDIT: spoke too soon.
     

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  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yeah, OS X is whinier these days. I doubt anything would happen if you deleted it from the command line, aside from a few errors if you do start the web server. But I know people have accidentally deleted their ~/Desktop folder, and recovered simply by creating a new folder with the same name.
     

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