how to setup a web service on a mac

i don't know the best programs to do this on a mac so i need help.  
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nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
Are you looking to host websites from your Mac? Is it OS X Server?
BTMExpertAuthor Commented:
yes.  i'm going to have to  guess.  I dont have OS X Server.  It there any thing i could do that's free like IIS7?  I'm new to the mac
nappy_dThere are a 1000 ways to skin the technology cat.Commented:
OS X uses Apache for its built-in web service.  To enable it:
- Open your system preferences
- Click on the sharing pref pane
- put a check mark in the box "web sharing"
- now to view your default page go to http://computerIP/~"yourUserName"

To modify the content, do to the root of your home directory.  You will see a folder called sites.  This is where your webpage is served up from.

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