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Day 3. Setting Up ColdFusion and Definin... > Deciding What to Buy or Not to Buy

Deciding What to Buy or Not to Buy

If you've made your decision to host your ColdFusion site with a remote provider, you face a dilemma. Because ColdFusion only works in conjunction with a Web server, you can't simply preview CF templates in your browser as you can with standard HTML pages. You'd really like the ability to try out templates on your computer before uploading them to your provider's server, but for all its benefits ColdFusion Server is a pretty pricey purchase if you're just using it to test templates.

Allaire provides a solution with a special development package for Windows users, called ColdFusion Studio. It sells for a fraction of the price of the fully blown ColdFusion Server applications, and it comes with a special single-user server. This mini-ColdFusion server runs just fine alongside the freebie Microsoft Personal Web Server that comes bundled with several Microsoft products, such as FrontPage and Windows 98. It provides a fully featured and relatively inexpensive way to test CF templates on your local computer before uploading them to a remote Web host.


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