How to Install Apache

Level of difficulty: Easy

The Apache is a Web server noted for its key role in the growth of the World Wide Web. It is also known as the Apache HTTP Server, and was the first feasible alternative to the Netscape Communications Corporation Web server. People using Linux Web servers are the usual users of Apache, and they are one of the most popular HTTP servers in the World Wide Web, serving 49% of all websites.

Materials Needed:
- Operating Systems such as eComStation
- Mac OS X
- Unix
- GNU
- Solaris
- Linux
- TPF
- OS/2
- Novell NetWare
- FreeBSD
- Windows 98
- Windows NT 4.0
- Windows 98
- or Windows 2000
- installed TCP/IP networking
- Winsock2 (if using Apache 1.3.7 or later versions)
Step 1
Download the version of Apache you want to use. It can be seen at http://httpd.apache.org/. A Microsoft Installer .msi file will appear on your screen when the download is finished.
Step 2
Run the downloaded Apache .msi file by double-clicking the icon. Upon opening, the prompt will ask whether the user would want to install Apache for all users or run it in a console window when the Start Apache shortcut is used.
Step 3
After, the prompt will ask for the user's server name, domain name, and administrative email account, which should be filled up with the appropriate data. Next, the prompt will ask for the directory where the Apache will be installed. The default address is C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache.
Step 4
The prompt will then ask for the installation type the user would want. If the user chooses the 'Complete' option, all the files including the source code will be installed. The user may opt to choose the 'Custom' option so as not to include the documentation or the source code of the package.
Step 5
The Apache will now start the installation. During this period, the application will configure the files in the conf directory indicated by the user. It is advised to manually check the file default.conf. in order to see whether it is necessary to update the existing configuration files.
Step 6
Set the options of the Apache before using it. This will depend on the user’s preferences.
Step 7
In the event that the user would want to remove the Apache application, the installation directory tree (('C:\Program Files\Apache Group') must be removed, especially if the user does not want to keep the configuration and other Web files. This will hold true for all other files the user has created, and the log files the application has made.


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