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Part III : Networks and Internet > The Personal Web Server

Chapter 15. The Personal Web Server

Chapter 12 explained how to configure and use file sharing in the traditional sense, by mounting shared volumes over a network by using the OS X Connect to Server command. This type of file sharing provides read/write access to the files and directories in shared volumes of folders, but can be overkill if you just want to give other people a way to view information on your machine over a network.

The World Wide Web is the definitive mechanism for sharing information with people over TCP/IP networks such as the Internet. As a well-connected, network-ready operating system, Mac OS X makes it easy for you to share files over the Web, with almost no work beyond setting a few system preferences and creating the files and folders that you want to let people access. This easy and powerful sharing of files over the Web is possible because the Apache Web server is included with Mac OS X. The Apache Web server and its configuration was discussed in Chapter 13, “Network Administration.”


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