Apache Essentials: Install, Configure, Maintain

Overview

Apache is the most widely used web server on the Internet today, and that comes as no surprise—it’s open source and therefore free of charge, not to mention gloriously extensible. And it’s much more secure than other web servers.

So you’ve picked this book up and youre wondering what exactly makes it different from all those other Apache books? There are hundreds of books about Apache; books that promise to unleash its power, provide a complete...

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Overview

Apache is the most widely used web server on the Internet today, and that comes as no surprise—it’s open source and therefore free of charge, not to mention gloriously extensible. And it’s much more secure than other web servers.

So you’ve picked this book up and youre wondering what exactly makes it different from all those other Apache books? There are hundreds of books about Apache; books that promise to unleash its power, provide a complete reference for it, or delve into the most miniscule corners of its functionality.

The problem is that none of them talks to the average web designer or developer. Most books on Apache are written by propellerheads for propellerheads. None of them explain how to configure Apache using plain language, giving examples that matter to you—but Apache Essentials does!

In Apache Essentials, I’ll show you how to install, configure, and maintain Apache. The key features that you’ll use on a daily basis will be emphasized. You’ll learn how to host secure (SSL) sites, optimize key Apache modules, use Apache with Perl and PHP, work with Server Side Includes (SSI), and take advantage of the information contained in log files.

By the time you’re done reading this book, you’ll be an Apache superstar!

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Apache
  2. Installing Apache
  3. Basic Directives
  4. Virtual Hosts
  5. Modules
  6. Scripting Languages & Server Side Includes
  7. Secure Web (Secure Sockets Layer)
  8. Log Files
  9. Sample Apache Configurations
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590593554
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/4/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,240,863
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren James Harkness is a creative engineer by day and a gypsy knife-eater by night. He's an old-school web developer who has been hand-developing quality, content-driven sites since 1995. He has an instinctive understanding of web standards and graphic design, along with a solid understanding of back-end development. You can find Darren online at http://staticred.net.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to Apache 1
Ch. 2 Installing Apache 15
Ch. 3 Basic directives 25
Ch. 4 Virtual hosts 47
Ch. 5 Modules 59
Ch. 6 Scripting languages & server side includes 71
Ch. 7 Secure web (secure sockets layer) 85
Ch. 8 Log files 107
Ch. 9 Sample Apache configurations 133
Afterword : you are an Apache guru 155
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2004

    Concise coverage

    Harkness and Steer do a nice job of two things. First, in arguing persuasively that you should use Apache as your web server. They cite the massive installed base; the largest of any web server. The only major competitor is Microsoft's Internet Information Server. But IIS has been continuously riddled with bugs. Whereas for Apache, these are rare. Plus, the Apache open source community can respond within a few days to a discovered bug. With IIS, you are dependent on Microsoft's schedule for a patch. The second reason offered by them takes up the bulk of the book. Namely, how to install and maintain it. But this is not a bulky book. As they show, the Apache community has expended serious effort in making this as painless as possible. Even for the tyro sysadmin, if that happens to be you. They give details on how to use Secure Sockets Layer, and making log files, for example. In the latter case, they don't seem to say explicitly, but the log files still are not the easiest thing to analyse, even with what Apache offers you. There are independent programs that do a neat job of analysing and summarising those files. But these are not part of Apache, and so outside the book's purview. The good news is that if you get to this point in your usage, you will be very familiar with Apache.

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