Testing WebTen via Loopback

Webmasters often want to test, evaluate and experiment with WebTen before deploying it as a live Web server. WebTen's evaluators often choose to perform their tests entirely in a loopback environment (with both the Web server and the Web browser running on the same machine). WebTen's installation is designed to provide the easiest process and fewest steps to set up a real, live Web server. Thus, configuring WebTen for the degenerate, loopback-only case may require additional steps.

Loopback-only mode may be required to support various situations. The Macintosh used to evaluate WebTen may not have a networking interface. The networking interface may be a dial-up PPP connection with a dynamic IP address assignment. The networking interfaces may exist but they may not be properly configured. Whatever the reason, the steps for configuring your system for loopback-only mode are given below.

The simplest environment for testing WebTen is one with a permanently assigned IP address on a properly configured network. In this situation, WebTen will install easily and it can be tested either via a browser running on the same Macintosh as WebTen or via a browser running elsewhere. If this is your current situation and you wish to test WebTen in a loopback-only mode because of some security concerns about running a Web server, don't worry about it. The default WebTen installation contains no sensitive information that would empower anyone else to compromise your system, nor will it serve anything that you don't explicitly put into the WebTen folders for Web service.

Before you start, if you have a G3, and are using a system prior to 8.5:

You should download Apple's G3 Ethernet (Built-In) driver version 2.0.4 and install it. This fixes problems with the ethernet driver that came with many G3s.

Here is how to set up your system for loopback-only testing:

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