The neatComponents server software that powers clearString and hosts all your websites and web applications is installed on a machine, accessed either on the LAN (local network) or across the Internet in the Cloud or at a hosting company.
Operating System Requirements
neatComponents can be installed on the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:
Windows 10 Pro
Windows Home Server
Windows 2008 Server
Windows 2012 RC2 Server
Windows 2016 Server
Legacy Operating Systems
You can also install onto Windows 7 (Pro or Ult ) and Windows 8 (Pro)
You can even install onto XP (Pro) and Windows 2003 Server editions.
These Operating Systems are no longer supported for future development.
What type of machine to use?
You can install onto any of the following environments:
Remotely hosted server
neatComponents then provides a complete hosting environment with integrated codeless web development software from one download.
Advice: Use a 'clean' machine
For ease of installation we recommend using a machine that has not previously had database or webserver software installed on it, and is not being used for other server roles (such as a mail server) - what we call a 'clean' machine. Those other programs may have settings that conflict with your new installation.
See Advice on using a local/physical machine here...
If you do not have a spare 'clean' machine, then we recommend initially installing into a new AWS instance. Transferring sites that you create to another machine is easy.
You can also create a new virtual server and install onto that.
You will find detailed instructions on creating a virtual server here.
See Installation troubleshooting advice here...
Remember - ALL site building, data-management and server management are performed using your web-browser - Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari, which can be on Windows, Linux, Mac or whatever.
Adjust your Internet Security Settings
Internet Explorer comes with enhanced security in Server versions, so you will need to tell it to accept your neatComponents installation as 'Trusted'. IE should prompt you to do this.
Open the Control Panel | Internet Options
1: Select 'Trusted Sites' - Sites button: Add the download url to 'Trusted sites'.
2: Internet Zone | Custom Level button:
Enable "Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting".
Use Chrome or Firefox
As an alternative, you may install Chrome or Firefox and set them as the Default browser.
Now just follow the normal neatComponents installation procedure.
Why host yourself?
Control hosting costs
If your website or application is suitable, and you have a static IP address, neatComponents enables you to self-host on your own network eliminating external hosting costs.
A hosted dedicated server, or co-location, is often less expensive than Amazon AWS for larger volumes of traffic.
Self-hosting also ensures that you have total control over physical access to stored data - ideal for business process applications.