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    Question Remote Testing Server Instead?

    Hello Everyone!

    I've been having trouble setting up a web testing server on my home computer and I found out that my ISP provider, Verizon Fios, has been blocking port 80. The only way they will unblock it is for me to spend $100 a month extra in order to get a business account and static ip. I am NOT doing this. I only need to test websites and templates for my future clients and it doesn't make sense to pay so much more when I'm not earning any money yet.

    I tried to use different solutions such as port forwarding through No-IP, and I have used Simple Port Forwarding software without success. I am also a little reluctant to create a server on my computer because I heard that it goes against Verizon's terms of service. I don't want to risk having my account shut down.

    But I thought of a solution. I have a VPS account with 1 & 1 and I was thinking about testing out my websites remotely instead of locally. Has anyone done this before? If so, what was your experience? Does anyone have any advice for me?

    I'd really appreciate any advice that anyone may have.

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    It depends if you want the world to see your creations or not.

    If only you want to see them, do it locally with something like WAMP or XAMPP (if you're a windows user).

    If you want the world to see it then yep getting a VPS and a domain name are the easiest way to go, if you get one with CPanel or Plesk it's pretty easy to manage for the basic stuff. Just create a new sub domain for each site you want to test.

    I would avoid trying to circumvent your ISP's port 80 block for 2 reasons:

    If you're with an ISP which assigns IPs dynamically it'll get tricky pointing your clients to the right place.

    If they find out they'll most likely just kick you off the internet.

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    Thanks for your reply Mark. I am unable to setup a testing server on my computer so I will have to test on my server until I can afford to get a business account with Verizon.

    And thanks for the warning about forwarding my port. I had a feeling this wasn't a good idea and I notice a lot of software vendors provide services for this. But I'd like to keep my account with Verizon intact.

    I hope you have a great day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misstheresa2009 View Post
    I am unable to setup a testing server on my computer
    Curious why you can't. I've not met an operating system more recent that Windows 98 that you couldn't use as a server to test with locally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djm0219 View Post
    Curious why you can't. I've not met an operating system more recent that Windows 98 that you couldn't use as a server to test with locally.
    Hi DJM,

    I tried everything to get my local testing server to work. I've used No-IP, Simple Port Forwarding, and Port Forward. I changed the host file, I changed the config file, I used Xampp, Wampserver, Ampps, Vertrigo AND Server2Go. Nothing works! I have spent a whole week on this and in the meantime my work goes unfinished.

    This has been a real headache for me and I give up. It's obvious to me that Verizon has blocked several ports. I don't like the idea of having to pay extra just to test some templates and when I do get a business account I'm going to use a different service provider.

    I'd rather not test remotely but right now I have no choice. Have you or anyone else had this experience? If so, do you know what they did to correct it? Maybe I'll try one more time but for now I have to finish my work and I don't want to waste anymore time on this.

    Best Regards

    misstheresa2009

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    Sounds like you're not using it locally regardless of if you are at the machine or not. If you use it at a local machine level, simply attach to it via 127.0.0.1 or localhost and it will loopback. No ISP involved there, and if they are blocking it I'd be curious what type of software and why its been installed on your machine.

    Pretty sad you have it blocked by an ISP; I know what I'd be doing with them. No matter though, if you intend to use it for testing remotely (ie, using this machine for testing, while attaching to it from a remote machine), then you can simply change the port config in httpd.conf to point at a different port than 80. The only difference is that you need to target it (port forwarded perhaps), in the URL, so you can type in your ip:port instead of just the ip.

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    Smile

    I finally got Xampp working! What I did was uninstall Windows 7 and go back to Vista. I don't know what was wrong with Windows 7 but this operating system has been giving me a headache since I installed it a year ago.

    I want to thank everyone for their input. Like Fou Li said, the problem wasn't caused by my ISP at all.

    Regards!


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