I am having trouble with what is the proper name for the desktop version of a web site. I've been unable to find any on-line help, and I'm thinking that maybe it's because I don't know the correct name (for technocrats, "geeks" etc.) to use for the desktop version.
I'm referring to the version of my website which I can use as a test folder, before actually uploading changes to my website.
(My problem began, I BELIEVE, but am not sure--with an upgrade of Java for Macs, after which my website still works correctly, but the desktop versions do not open.)
I'd love any help here!
well your thinking is slightly off what usually happens during the development/deployment process.
Try to think of it this way:
(hence forth the word 'site' indicates all files, and folders in their specific order and structure).
1) a site stored in a machine that is not a server or is not connected to the internet is usually refereed to as "local"
2) if the machine is running as a server, it CAN the site can be referred to as a "locally hosted site". For example: http:// localhost/MySite/somePage.html or http:// 184.108.40.206/MySite/somePage.html. Note that Internet useres may or may not be able to view your site, but in either case you are reaching it via the HTTP protocol and not "file://" like the 'local' site.
3) the "LIVE" ( or "hosted") site is usually your final product and usually resides on a PUBLIC server or a HOSTING service, an thus is generally accessible to all via an internet connection using http.
hope that clears things up.
Something like that. Pretty much when the word *local is used it means working off local hardware rather than directly on a dedicated/shared live, qa, etc public/private server
Thanks, for that phrase, oddz. I now feel a bit braver about posting a more specific question. (Sorry for the delay in responding--can't explain it.)
I always call it "localhost" because that's how I get to my computer's Apache server using a browser. (though 127.0.0.1 works too) eg.
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