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    I have an idea for a web site and I would like to be able to do all of the ground work on my local machine. Is Win2000/NT capable. I would like to utilize ssi,php, and some cgi stuff. I would like to be able to do all of these things without having to shell out any cash for a host....


    If anyone has any experience or any ideas, help would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks
    dav

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    yes - thats all possible.

    SSI comes preinstalled on NT.

    CGI does too - if you need Perl you can install that from activestate.com

    PHP also has a version for NT available.

    If you want to use MySQL however I believe its $200.
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    I am familiar with free hosts and ftp and the locations of perl and sendmail.....and all that jargon, but how do I do the same type of stuff on my machine. The Windows help hasn't been that useful.

    One other thing....

    What is PHP? I know that I can use stuff like vbulletin which is coded in php...but don't you have to use Mysql with that.

    I know I might be rushing things, its one of my faults.
    I have huge Ideas. I just always want them to happen now. You can see how that could become a problem.

    thanks for the help.
    dav

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    Originally posted by aspen
    If you want to use MySQL however I believe its $200.
    Correction : MySQL is free for Windoze now since it became GPLed/Open Source quite a few months ago.

    For more information regarding PHP/MySQL, have a look at Kevin Yank's article on a PHP/MySQL database-driven site and you'll find plenty of information. Otherwise, check out PHP.net for info on PHP.
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    how do you know you want PHP support if you don't even know what it is?

    http://www.webmasterbase.com/article.php?aid=295

    In this article I describe scripting languages working with databases but you don't need a database to use a server side scripting language - its just the best/most common use of one.

    When using perl on a windows machine you just need to make sure the perl file (.pl) has the right permissions and you just run it - you dont need !#usr/bin/perl or whatever.

    As for how to do it go to your control panel/administrator tools/ that is where you can administer your web server. Then your web root is usually something like c:webshare:wwwroot. Any files in there will be available on the internet if your server is running and you go to http://youripaddress.com
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    Thanks for the advice, The articles were definately helpful.

    Everything is working like clockwork, so far.

    Have you ever noticed that when everything is working just fine, life is just not as exciting.

    thanks again

    dav


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