Personal Web Server (PWS)

PWS, an abbreviation for Personal Web Server, is Microsoft's version of a Web server program for individual PC users who want to share Web pages and other files from their hard drive.

PWS, an abbreviation for Personal Web Server, is Microsoft's version of a Web server program for individual PC users who want to share Web pages and other files from their hard drive. PWS is a scaled-down version of Microsoft's more robust Web server, Internet Information Server IIS. PWS can be used with a full-time Internet connection to serve Web pages for a Web site with limited traffic. It can also be used for testing a Web site offline or from a "staging" site before putting it on a main Web site that is exposed to larger traffic.

PWS can be used together with Microsoft's FrontPage, a Web site design product, to upload Web pages from a remote location or to the local hard drive; to check for dead links; to create directories; and to set permissions. PWS is frequently used as part of the trend toward peer-to-peer exchange and publishing.

The equivalent program for the Macintosh is called Personal Web Sharing.

This was first published in September 2005

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