This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of OS X Server,” by Charles Edge, scheduled for public release later in 2014. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing OS X Server, and Chapter 2: Choosing Server Hardware, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of OS X Server” Streaming in TidBITS for details.
The World Wide Web has untold millions of Web sites providing information and interactive services to billions of users. There are many ways to create and host a Web site these days, whether for an individual, family, club, school, or business—or as a staging site for another site to be hosted elsewhere. With OS X Server and a few minutes of configuration, you can have your own Web server.
Although Server’s Web services rely on the industrial-strength Apache Web server software, setting up Server on your own Mac to serve a Web site has a few issues that you should consider before diving in:
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