posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 03:25 PM
and that doesn't sound moronic at all - you mentioned having no experience and I just forgot to explain the necessary stuff
So here's a quick run-through: the computer that runs the website (stores the files & serves them) is the server/host, although a virtual computer
(running within a program like VMWare) can be called a server as well. The program running on the server that actually serves the files when we ask
for it is called the HTTP daemon; daemon being the default term for any such service. Apache is a HTTP daemon; it's not only open source/completely
free, it also runs on most platforms (Windows & Linux are fully supported, for example) and is fully functional (PHP/perl/MySQL/etc.). You can
download Apache from www.apache.org...
(or in Linux through synaptics/apt/etc.). There are others out there, like IIS (from Microsoft); Apache
seems to be the most common, however. I guess that's what you meant with isp?
I'm not sure whether I'm the best person to suggest a hosting provider - sometimes it's nice to have it local & small so you can easily contact
your providers in case anything is screwed up, budgetwise it may be better to join a huge hosting provider selling accounts for a few dollars. What I
can tell you is that the above works on hosts with Apache
For a suiting provider, check some hosting review sites like hosting-review.com
. I'm not sure how objective those are, but at least they'll be able to give you a more
comprehensive list then I can.
Finally if you can't wait to play around with stuff, just give Apache a try - shouldn't take long to download & install. It would give you the
opportunity to check how the htaccess and htpasswd files work - if it works on your computer, it works on any other server with Apache (.. as long as
it hasn't disabled the use of those files, of course). If you can configure your router to forward to your computer (or use direct dial-up ;P) you
could even make your own computer host the files.. but unless you never shut down your computer, it's only good for fun ;D
Please don't refrain from asking 'simple' questions as I'm somewhat struggling with what is common knowledge and what isn't