OS X Server generally does a good job of hiding the complexity of managing the Unix apps toiling away under its hood. One place where that breaks down a bit is with the Websites service, which attempts to put a pretty face on the industrial-strength Apache Web server. It’s not technically difficult to configure the Websites service, but there’s a lot to know, and that’s where Charles Edge focuses his advice in Chapter 10, “Web Services,” of the in-progress “Take Control of OS X Server.”
In particular, it’s a little tricky to tease out the difference between OS X Server’s default sites that answer to any hostname, and custom sites, which answer only to specific hostnames and can run on ports other than 80 and 443. Charles also explains redirects and aliases, access control via groups, and advanced options such as enabling server side includes and CGIs.
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