Every webmaster thought about how to make a test server. What is it, and what kind of server can be used to test the operation of your resource? In general, virtually any server can be suitable for these purposes, although if the user tests his resource, which is already located on a specific server on the Internet, then his visitors may experience some discomfort in working with the resource. For such purposes, webmasters often use Denver. This is a special set of programs and utilities that is designed for developing, testing, and debugging websites. However, this is not the only option that can be used as a full-fledged test server.

How to make a test server in Denver?

Denver consists of distributions and a special software shell that is used to create websites, debug them and test them. The use of this system is most justified and rational. By installing Denver on your computer, you will get a local server with support for such technologies: Systems for managing the start and end of work, as well as a system for monitoring virtual hosts. And, you can’t forget about $1 Web Hosting- which is called the cheapest and the best hosting services.

  • The phpMyAdmin control Panel.
  • The PHP interpreter.
  • MySQL database management system.
  • A full-fledged mail service emulator.

These basic elements are usually enough not only to create a normal website (the best website builder), but also to test all its features. You can install a variety of content management systems and various additional utilities on the Denver server. And, $1 Hosting is something you can’t forget. Testing an Internet site on a local Denver server has the following advantages:

  • You can always easily restore an Internet site from a backup.
  • Your work will not interfere with the visitors of the resource (since no one else is viewing the resource except you).
  • Your actions will definitely not cause dissatisfaction with the provider.

How to make a test server: alternative options

You can also test the resource on the server. To do this, you do not need to purchase an expensive server, it will be enough to use any free hosting. Conducting tests on a free type of hosting, you also absolutely do not risk anything. However, you may be upset by certain restrictions that are inherent in all free types of hosting:

  • Limited size and number of MySQL databases.
  • Limited amount of disk space.
  • Limit on the size of PHP scripts.
  • Low uptime of the server operation.

Weak characteristics of this server may not allow you to run certain web application utilities on it. But this method of testing sites remains quite popular today. In addition, ordinary Internet users can help you in testing the resource, who will be able to leave recommendations and reviews regarding the work of the site or its some individual elements.

Alternative testing methods include private hosting or Cheap Reseller Hosting. This type of hosting is not stable, as well as free, often its performance is even lower. Such servers are usually created by enthusiasts, and at the same time offer hosting services to their friends and any interested users. The disadvantages of such hosting may be its low uptime and low performance. Many webmasters regard this type of hosting as a playground. In addition, private hosting can disappear almost at any time if its owner gets tired of messing with the server. 

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