Originally Posted by Erock
Is there some way I test run my website on my PC before I pay for a host and all that. Like, I think it will probably take a couple months before my site is ready for the real internet, and I don't want to pay for hosting for 3 months if I could just create it on my computer. What would be a good program to do that, like Frontpage or something?
Thanks a ton
No! frontpage evil!
I'm not a fan of Microsoft or the markup (HTML) that their products produce. Then again, frontpage might make it easier if you don't already have experience with authoring tools.
If you want free, this is the open-source Dreamweaver replacement: Nvu
And XAMPP for Windows
will let you run an Apache web server on your machine with goodies like PHP and mySQL. (I assume you're running Win32)
If you're doing a simple HTML-only site, you won't need a web server. If you want to use an open source CMS (geeklog, joomla, drupal, and many others) you're going to need the webserver, PHP, and mySQL.