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And when I have to view page on my browser, I'll have to type
After you've installed PWS, it's icon appears on your desktop, and at bottom right of your screen. Click or double-click on icon. On main window, you should see message:
Web publishing is on. Your Home page is available at http://servername
The servername is name you use instead of localhost. But if you are confused about this name game, just use localhost and it should always work if you haven't been naughty and messing around with your computer's basic setup.
Before you proceed further, open Windows Explorer, go to c:inetpubwwwroot and create a new folder here by name of "learnASP" (how boringly predictable! So you can name it something else). We'll be storing ALL our files in this folder.
Hence, whenever we want to run a newly created file, we'd type in location bar:
http://localhost/learnASP/newfile.asp and press Enter.
Ok, next, click on Advanced tab. Select Enable Default Document
In Default Document(s) box, type list of file names you would like to use as your default file once name of your site is type in browser.
If you have no idea what's default file, it is file that answers your call when you type a specific URL without a specific file. For instance, if I type http://www.bytesworth.com file that actually gets loaded by default is DEFAULT.ASP. This depends on setting. Some servers use INDEX.ASP or INDEX.HTML or INDEX.SHTML. It all depends on file parsing set up on your web-hosting server.
Then click on Edit Properties button, after selecting Home folder. There are three select boxes, viz., "Read", "Execute", "Script". Select all of them. The selections tell server that we want to execute server side scripts in our ASP pages. ASP pages won't run if server can't read and execute them.
Close window, and your PWS is running. Of course do not run two servers simultaneously. So if you installed Apache Web Server and left it running, and then loaded PWS, there is going to be some problem for you to sort out.
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