our First Step: A Personal Web Server
- If you want other people to view your pages, you must publish them.
- To publish your work, you have to copy your files to a web server.
- Your own PC can act as a web server if it is connected to a network.
- If you are running Windows 98, you can use the PWS (Personal Web Server).
- PWS is hiding in the PWS folder in your Windows CD.
Personal Web Server (PWS)
PWS turns any Windows computer into a Web server. PWS is easy to install and ideal for developing and testing Web applications. PWS has been optimized for workstation use, but has all the requirements of a full Web server. It also runs Active Server Pages (ASP) just like its larger brother IIS.
How to Install a Personal Web Server (PWS):
- Browse your Windows installation to see if you have installed PWS.
- If not, install PWS from the PWS directory on your Windows CD.
- Follow the instructions and get your Personal Web Server up and running.
Note: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition does not come with the option to turn your computer into a PWS!
Internet Information Server (IIS)
Windows 2000’s built-in Web server IIS, makes it easy to build large applications for the Web. Both PWS and IIS include ASP, a server-side scripting standard that can be used to create dynamic and interactive Web applications. IIS is also available for Windows NT.
Your Next Step: A Professional Web Server
- If you do not want to use PWS or IIS, you must upload your files to a public server.
- Most Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) will offer to host your web pages.
- If your employer has an Internet Server, you can ask him to host your Web site.
- If you are really serious about this, you should install your own Internet Server.