I have a Mid 2011 MacMini Server & use Apple's iWeb software to create websites. I haven't tried hosting my website on my computer (though it is possible) when I can get reiliable web hosting for $48 a year I'd rather save my self the headache.
You may be able to find mor info on hosting your site localy in the Lion Server section of the forum:
Some of what I have done with iWeb:
Mak Book wrote:
I understand that if I am able to host the web site, that I will not be able to use that particular Mac for any other purposes or the web site will not be available online....
Totally untrue. OSX is a fully multitasking/multithreaded operating
system. Once the web server is up and running it is like any other
task on a computer,
I will say that if you are working on any app that uses lots of CPU,
lots of memory, lots of disk access, or lots of network bandwidth
it will slow down access to the website. This would be true of any
server, beit Mac, Windows, or Linux.
Also, with that said, if you do intend multiple uses, max out
the RAM and get faster hard drive (maybe even SSD).
Also, Jeff's approach is quite attractive and there are a
multitude of hosting services out there. The biggest advatage
of that approach, all you need to deal with is the code for the
Thanks Jeff! I viewed your website, and found it extremely helpful, especially what you did with iweb. If you ever decide to host your site on your Mac mini, update me on that status. Actually, it would not be a headache for me, it would be a challenging learning experience, but I may defeat my purpose, and end up paying for reliable hosting anyway.
Mak Book wrote:
... I simply want a small website to begin web developing and hosting.
If that is the case, you will be much better served by a
web hosting service to start.
Your internet connection to your own server can be
costly and just a real pain depending on your ISP.
The ISPs do not really like having people running websites
on their networks and not getting revenue for it, so they
make it difficult and force you to pay extra for things like
a fixed IP address.
Cable companies change your IP address periodically to
defeat non-commercial subscribers from website hosting.
You will also be on your own for getting and maintaining
your unique domain as well.
The various web hosting services supply all this at a pretty
low monthly fee, some including domain name.
So, you will have to weigh, not just the costs, but the headaches
involved in webhosting locally or with a service.
Thanks Woodmeister50 and Jeff Nitschke for replying to my post. Your replies have been extremely helpful. I did a little more research and found that I can use the Server App to configure, start and stop, two or more websites on any OS Server computer, including a Mac Mini. Additionally, there are at least three methods for hosting websites on an OS Server computer: IP address, domain name, and Port Number.
Now that I know that I can host a website on a Mac Mini. Can anyone tell me if OS X Server comes with a built in web site developer or would it be best to use software such as Dreamweaver. Since iWeb is no longer supported by Apple, can someone reccommend an alternative web development software to build this website on a Mac Mini. (familiar, but not expert with coding)