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Hello!
There's something I don't understand...I use XP Pro and I had IIS.I used visual HTML editor Nvu to create a test web site (just most basic home page)...Then I removed IIS and by using Xampp,I installed Apache,My SQL,Php and Joomla! on my PC...Now there's a part that I can't figure out:
While installing Xampp-Joomla! I never input any info about my site's static IP or domain name etc.
So how come when I go to my web site it works on the IP and URL that it used to work with CONFIGURED IIS (I mean, I did configured the IIS so it worked,but I removed it from the system,but I never even touched Apache yet-well,I don't even know how to use it to begin with).
Well,when I think of it now...I don't recall configuring IP-domain name stuff on IIS either...What I was configuring was home directory etc.So possibly this question refers to BOTH IIS and Apache.The only thing I can think of is...since I defined DNS servers and they have my DNS A records connecting my IP and my domain name...and since I'm on that same IP...Apache kinda configures itself without my intervention.
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Right by default Apache will listen to *:80.
That is any address your computer has and on port 80.
It will answer the default server directory for any domain name that hits the IP.

When you need to configure Apache is when you are running multiple domains and/or IP's.
So you can tell Apache what directory to serve up and when.
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so there's no need to tweak Apache at all if all I have is just one web site?
And if I want to use also mail server like hMailServer or CommunigatePro? or those are not connected to Apache in any way?
And if I installed Apache under Xampp-would it mean that Apache is already configured right?
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