I've set up my Apache server, and the PHP/MySQL works well!
But the issue is, how do I keep this private, since it's a development-only server? The only reason for keeping the content private is if a script went wrong, I don't want Apache errors showing up if it became a public-facing site (and the fact others share the same network too!), and I'm less likely to use my PC as a webhost - I'm more likely to go down using the webhosting provider route for an actual live site.
Currently I can access it three ways:
http 192.168.0.1 (my router's IP)
http pc-name-here (name of my PC, obviously this varies between Windows PCs!)
[note, can't post links, so for the other two you'd have to insert the colon/forward slash as in the first one].
However, I only want to access it via the first one. It's listening on port 80 (and I don't want to change that). Is this not possible, or am I mistaken? I know a bit more about PHP/webdesign than the network side of things, so this is a first for me!
Basically, I want it to be only accessible via localhost on that machine, and not the external IP address, or 192.168.0.1 .
Would I need to edit httpd.conf and use deny on every testbed site, or is there any other solution?
<Directory /www/vhosts/localhost/> Options All AllowOverride All order allow,deny allow from 127.0.0.1 deny from 192.168.0.1 deny from my-pc-name </Directory>
- that's an example but I'm not sure what's right or wrong here!
My operating system is Windows 7 Ultimate.
I did have a look round the 'net, but some of it seemed a bit technical for me.
What would you recommend?