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Your Own Web Server By: Kevin Yank June 14th, 2010 Reader Rating: Not yet rated

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If you’re lucky, your current web host’s web server already has PHP and MySQL installed. Most do—that’s one of the reasons why PHP and MySQL are so popular. If your web host is so equipped, the good news is that you’ll be able to publish your first database driven web site without having to shop for a web host that supports the right technologies.

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The bad news is that you’re still going to need to install PHP and MySQL yourself. That’s because you need your own PHP-and-MySQL-equipped web server to test your database driven web site on before you publish it for all the world to see. When developing static web sites, you can often load your HTML files directly from your hard disk into your browser to see how they look. There’s no web server software involved when you do this, which is fine, because web browsers can understand HTML code all by themselves.

Kevin began developing for the Web in 1995 and is a highly respected technical author. He wrote Build your own Database Driven Website using PHP and MySQL, a practical step-by-step guide published by SitePoint, and he's co-author of the SitePoint Tech Times, a bi-weekly newsletter for technically-minded web developers. Kev believes that any good webmaster should have seen at least one episode of MacGyver. View all articles by Kevin Y ank...

When it comes to dynamic web sites built using PHP and MySQL, however, your web browser needs some help! Web browsers are unable to understand PHP scripts; rather, PHP scripts contain instructions for a PHP-savvy web server to execute in order to generate the HTML code that browsers can understand. So in addition to the web server that will host your site publicly, you also need your own private web server to use in the development of your site. If you work for a company that has an especially helpful IT department, you may find that there’s already a development web server provided for you. The typical setup is that you must work on your site’s files on a network drive that’s hosted by an internal web server that can be safely used for development. When you’re ready to deploy the site to the public, your files are copied from that network drive to the public web server. If you’re lucky enough to work in this kind of environment, you can skip most of today’s lesson. However, you’ll want to ask the IT boffins responsible for the development server for a MySQL username and password. You’ll need to have that critical information handy when you start using the PHP and MySQL support they’ve so helpfully provided.

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