After running the web server here for a day or so I have decided that I’m pretty much going to leave the web server permanently on my Asus tablet and run a semi-permanent blog covering all the software I’ll be testing on here.
I think my next attempt will be to try Joomla or Drupal and see how they work out. I am also thinking of trying some CGI based software to see how that works.
Stay tuned to see what’s next. Of course I will eventually blow up the server, but that is no big deal.
So today I set up this tablet with a server app from Google Play called KSWeb. This is a short follow up to my earlier post. It is obviously doing the job or you would not be reading this article. [Yes, you are reading this post from a server located on an Asus MeMo Pad HD7.] I found it easier to set up than a Linux virtual machine. Considering my regular WordPress site runs on an ancient Duron powered Linux box, this server is a comparative power house. A quad-core processor is obviously much faster than a single old AMD Duron.
So having a spare little server that runs on just about anything Android is a handy tool indeed. I get to play with themes and different type CMS systems to see what I like and don’t like. File permissions are not an issue as they sometimes can be in Linux.
If you have even a slim understanding of how to set up your router and use port forwarding then it is very simple to be up and running in less than 15 minutes.
It is sort of a must have for geeks. Those who don’t speak geek simply won’t understand, but at least now you know that next time you are reading a wordpress type blog site, it might just be running on your neighbor’s $50 droid tablet or on someone’s old android phone.
There are downsides of course. You would pretty much have to leave your tablet or phone always plugged in to a charger to keep your site online. On the other hand if you want to show a computer client something, it is rather handy to have your web server with you.
I was bored last night so I decided to check on running a web server on my android tablet. I really didn’t expect to find anything but I was mildly surprised to find that you certainly could run one on a tablet or even on your smartphone.
So I went ahead and installed the KSWeb server on my tablet. I then installed WordPress on the tablet. The Ksweb app has Mysql, php5 , ftp and phpmyadmin and a web interface to edit settings.
It works amazingly well. If you are reading this you are accessing my tablet’s web server. Pretty slick isn’t it? I am using it to test some themes for a web site I manage for a local car dealer. Makes it rather easy to play around.
If you would like some serious info and tips on how to accomplish this stuff on your phone or tablet check out this website at blog.laptopmag.com.
Obviously some features won’t work, such as email (that might be the next project). Below is a shot of the web interface for changing your settings via browser.