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    what's proper term for desktop version of a website?

    I am having trouble with what is the proper name for the desktop version of a web site. I've been unable to find any on-line help, and I'm thinking that maybe it's because I don't know the correct name (for technocrats, "geeks" etc.) to use for the desktop version.

    I'm referring to the version of my website which I can use as a test folder, before actually uploading changes to my website.

    (My problem began, I BELIEVE, but am not sure--with an upgrade of Java for Macs, after which my website still works correctly, but the desktop versions do not open.)

    I'd love any help here!

    Alinde

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    well your thinking is slightly off what usually happens during the development/deployment process.

    Try to think of it this way:
    (hence forth the word 'site' indicates all files, and folders in their specific order and structure).


    1) a site stored in a machine that is not a server or is not connected to the internet is usually refereed to as "local"
    2) if the machine is running as a server, it CAN the site can be referred to as a "locally hosted site". For example: http:// localhost/MySite/somePage.html or http:// 192.1.100.125/MySite/somePage.html. Note that Internet useres may or may not be able to view your site, but in either case you are reaching it via the HTTP protocol and not "file://" like the 'local' site.
    3) the "LIVE" ( or "hosted") site is usually your final product and usually resides on a PUBLIC server or a HOSTING service, an thus is generally accessible to all via an internet connection using http.

    hope that clears things up.

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    local environment
    local copy

    Something like that. Pretty much when the word *local is used it means working off local hardware rather than directly on a dedicated/shared live, qa, etc public/private server
    The only code I hate more than my own is everyone else's.

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    Thanks, for that phrase, oddz. I now feel a bit braver about posting a more specific question. (Sorry for the delay in responding--can't explain it.)

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    I always call it "localhost" because that's how I get to my computer's Apache server using a browser. (though 127.0.0.1 works too) eg.
    http://localhost/testsite/index.php


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