The purpose of the course is to teach you how to setup a Web server. This means you will be learning how to use tools to deliver content for the World Wide Web, not to create content.
The Rutgers Internet Institute offers many other courses designed to teach you how to create content for the World Wide Web: World Wide Web Publisher (I & II) Certificates and World Wide Web Developer Certificate.
Grew out of the Internet, a network of networks designed that began in the early 1970’s and was used to support a variety of services (including telnet, ftp, Usenet, email, and gopher) that communicated via TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol).
In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee at CERN developed a new system to simplify document distribution and to allow documents to be linked together. Called the “WorldWideWeb.”
What kind of Operating System will the hardware run?
What Web server software will you use?
What domain name will your site use?
Answers to above questions usually determined by budget, staffing, and existing infrastructure of your organization.
Hosting Your Server: Use an ISP (Internet Service Provider)
Free Page Site – For personal use, limited space and tools, adds advertisements. (examples: Yahoo, Tripod, Xoom, etc.)
Personal Page Site – For personal use, usually included with dialup account (about $20 per month), 2-20 MB disk space, none or limited access to server-based technologies for delivering dynamic content, generally under your ISP’s domain. (Website URL usually looks something like: http://www.yourisp.com/~yourusername)
Virtual Host – For business or personal use, share a machine with other domains, can use your own domain (http://www.yourdomain.com), should provide a fairly wide range of tools for building more complex Websites, costs based on disk usage and traffic, ranges from $10 to several hundreds of dollars a month. Generally available through all ISPs and Hosting-only providors such as Highway Technologies ( http://www.hway.net ) and YourDomainHost ( http://www. yourdomainhost .com )
Dedicated Server – For business use, ISP owns and runs the machine, your organization dictates the configuration and has exclusive access to the system, expensive.
Co-Located Server – For business use, your organization owns the hardware and software and is responsible for maintaining it, ISP houses the system and provides a network connection, pricing determined by bandwidth requirements.
Hosting Your Server: Do It Yourself: Networking Options
For an Intranet Server– Need a LAN (local area network).
For an Internet Server – Need a dedicated Internet connection. Internet Connectivity Options:
POTS (up to 56Kbps) – not practical for business use
ISDN (128Kbps) – only a good choice if cable or DSL is not available
Cable (512Kbps – 10Mbps)
DSL (128kps – 1.54 Mbps+)
T-1 (up to 1.54Mbps) – full, fractional, or burstable