On my computer I have been learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript and have made a web app for the iPad, however I have no way of visiting the site on Safari. I have an external Network drive however when I try that address, Safari alerts "Cannot open the page because it is a local file". I know I could get web hosting but this is not ideal.

Is it possible to do this?

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  • I don't know how many ISP's still do this but don't you get some free webspace with your internet subscription? – ZippyV Jun 9 '13 at 9:28
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about iPad, but not interacting with a PC. – gronostaj Jul 9 '13 at 8:02
  • Try here: apple.stackexchange.com – LawrenceC Jul 11 '13 at 14:15
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Normally HTML, CSS and Javascript shouldnt need a websserver.

How are you accessing the file?

Try installing apache on your computer, place the files in webroot and visit the computers IP from the Ipad ( something like 192.168.1.x).

I think that would work for you.

  • I've installed XAMPP so I could learn PHP and SQL and when I access the files on the computer the address is localhost/ – curioususer Jun 9 '13 at 9:35
  • It works! I just used my local IP address then the file path following localhost – curioususer Jun 9 '13 at 9:39

You can also use Dropbox for hosting online...

It has a public folder where you can host your files and the whole public>website folder, with index.html page acts as a website. And it's free! 5GB of cloud storage free on dropbox.

5GB free on Google drive too, and that too can be used as a webserver by setting the folder properties to public.

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