We have recently rented a Windows 2003 Cloud Server to publish our website online and after about 30 hours continual work (I am completely new to all of this) I seem to be no closer to accessing my website via the world wide web.
The website was developed in XXAMP and uses Mysql and Apache. I have managed to install XXAMP on to the server and provided apache and mysql services are "running" the website and database work fine locally on the server.
If I try to go to my website however using www.websitename.com or even http://188.8.131.52 (ip address of the server) I just get "page can not be displayed" in IE, or "safari can not connect to the server".
This is sapping all of my energy and motivation, I am so close yet so far. There seem to be a billion ways to "configure a windows 2003 server" to do a billion different functions, and after 30 odd hours of trawling through guide after guide, none of them talk about Apache and Mysql, only IIS and SQL Server 2008.
Please please help. I don't know if it's a firewall issue, a port forwarding issue, a domain registration issue. I've no idea who to turn to or what to do to veryify anything. I expect that if I do get it working I will have done it in an unsecure way and it will be about a day before some hacker steals all of our year's work.