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Old 06-12-2006, 06:55 AM   #1
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Default Easy virtual hosting (Mac)

If you have tried to use the OS X (Tiger) built-in web server and found it frustrating, Headdress (“Virtual hosting made easy”) from Twinsparc ($14, with a free demo) claims to make it really simple.

The software extends the Mac’s built-in networking, enabling you to develop multiple sites, offline, each with its own working URL. Designate any folder as the site root, and then the computer acts pretty much like a hosted server on the internet. Images and other links will work as if you were online.

Sites can be broadcast over your local network via Bonjour, or you can upload them to a regular server.

PHP and Apache are included with the Mac OS. I’m not sure whether you can also install MySQL for use with this. But for simple sites, it could be a great convenience, and it doesn’t cost much.

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