MAMP has been plagued by giant security problems although I hear that 5 years in they are getting a handle on it.
Snow Leopard & Lion Server are good servers but lack DNS. The DNS in Snow Leopard & Lion Server is the caching variety that only answers to computers in the same subnet so it is useless if you want a real www server. There are a number of ways around Apple Server DNS deficiencies and the current one I use as I can run it on the same CPUs is Parallels with 64bit Ubuntu Server 10.0.4 with WebMin install on the Ubuntu so I can manage my DNS from any computer.
Here is another fairly easy to use alternative to Snow Leopard or Lion Servers: http://www.tenon.com/ http://www.tenon.com/products/itools/done.html
Tenon is good if you have a support contract and their Forum is moderated so 90% of the posts never make it to the group.
They have iTools, MySQL, PHP, Tomcat, Wordpress & phpBB
Personally I would avoid Tenon as their support drove me nuts. I used to run two CPUs with iTools along side my two Apple Servers just to handle DNS until one day my DNS went south on my “NS1” server and it took me two days to get the problem identified and fixed and not a single one of my 20 cries for help to the forum got posted. When I found and fixed the problem my post letting the forum group know what to look for was posted.
Dale Josephson Consulting
Apple Developer & Support
I recommend and use EasyDNS. Inexpensive ~$30/year to have real hosted
DNS with an easy control panel and very fast updates – and very good
geographical and network distribution for quick replies to requests.
I believe very strongly in distributing the tasks among multiple
vendors – I don’t ask my hosting provider to do DNS for me, likewise
I don’t let my registrar do ANYTHING beside register my domains. I pay
more, but I have redundancy and distribution of potential failure
I used to run my entire domain – everything – out of a single server
in my attic. One day, it got very popular, the log file filled up, and
I was off the air. Another time, the hard drive decided to weld its
platters to the heads, and I was off the air. Again.
I got the hint.
On Sep 11, 2011, at 11:15 AM, Dale Josephson wrote:
Snow Leopard & Lion Server are good servers but lack DNS. The DNS
in Snow Leopard & Lion Server is the caching variety that only
answers to computers in the same subnet so it is useless if you want
a real www server.