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Unread 01-11-2010, 09:25 PM   #10
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Any person developing a web site can benefit from having a web server installed on their own computer. The locally installed server can act as a convenient way to do all your design, development and other sand-box work before uploading to your actual host.

"If you would like to build your own website, you can do it on your own computer without putting it online. This can be useful for a number of reasons:

1. You don’t have your own web hosting but you want the experience of complete access.
2. You want to test a website before you put it online.
3. You want to start a website that helps you organize your life, for example, but you don’t always have access to the internet."

Here are two of the more popular server packages:

XAMPP from Apache Friends for both Linux and Windows (my personal favorite)

WampServer - Windows only
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