[Centos] Web & Mail

Christopher Blume godsmoke at godsmoke.com
Wed Sep 22 20:52:08 UTC 2004

Hello Beth,

First of all, no, the hostname will not affect the computer's ability to 
be a web server.  If you want to host websites from this computer, 
you'll likely be using the Apache web server -- there is a package in 
CentOS for apache, and more information on it can be found on Apache's 
website: http://httpd.apache.org/

I'm not sure what you meant that you had to "load" the html document 
"from cd directly" -- if you could explain, it would help me answer your 

No, you do not need to set up an ftp server on this computer to transfer 
files to it -- although it is a common method.  There are other 
applications, like scp that allow you to transfer files, with enhanced 
security -- although an ftp server may better meet your needs.

Yes, the fact that this computer is NATed is important.  If you expect 
to access the mail/web/ftp servers hosted on this machine from outside 
of the NAT network, you will need to forward the needed ports through 
your firewall/router (that handles the NAT).


Beth Curotto wrote:
> I have just set up a box - HOSTNAME mail.abni.com
> It has Qmail setup.
> I also want this box to serve as the host for our website - abni.com
> Can someone point me in the direction of where to go next.
> I am unsure if HOSTNAME will be a problem as a web server.
> Currently I have loaded a html doc in - /var/www/html, but I had to load 
> from cd directly on this machine.
> Is is neccessary to setup ftp to be able to upload html from remote system?
> Don't know if this is important at this point - but this system is NAT'd 
> to an internal ip.
> Heck of a 1st Linux project, huh. That's for all the advice.
> Beth

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