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Development Tools Console Foundations Installing Software Introduction to Package Managers

kabir k
kabir k
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Installing the software to host a basic website

What software do I need to install to host a basic website and not-so-basic website?

1 Answer

You would only need to install software to host a website if you:

a) Want to develop a dynamic site locally (on your own computer, not available to others)


b) Are using an unmanaged web host or VPS where you have to install and set up your server before it is capable of serving up a website

If a), I'd suggest looking into WAMP(windows), MAMP(mac), or LAMP(linux). This is a somewhat standard stack that many developers use. The W/M/L stands for the operation system, and the AMP stands for Apache(web server), MySQL(database), and PHP(and also sometimes Perl). This works great for static sites and/or dynamic sites using PHP or Perl (like Wordpress sites). I believe one of the treehouse courses I've taken suggests using XAMPP, which has packages available for all operating systems. You can find it here: https://www.apachefriends.org/index.html

If b), this is going to require considerably more setup and is delving more into web app territory instead of websites. If possible, I'd recommend avoiding this unless you are planning on hosting an application as this requires a good amount of hosting know-how and can be tricky even for experienced developers.

The easiest way, and way that most web developers use, is to just need to find a webhost and upload some files to the public_html directory. Treehouse recommends http://www.webhostingforstudents.com