Apache server not working (yes i know this is vague, explanation in message)
Lately I've gotten reasonably interested in web design, and I've wanted to start my own server for some time. At the moment, I'm on my regular computer and I'm going to use my ip address instead of a domain name. I know this is a security risk, but I'm planning to get a domain name, and make another older computer a server once I have it nicely configured on this computer. I decided to go with apache 1 after trying with no success to install apache 2 for an hour.
Ok, so my server is configured, and I'm trying to access it in a browser.
On my computer, I can access my website by typing localhost in the address bar. If I type in my ip address I get the following error (ip address changed):
An error occurred while loading http://188.8.131.52:
Timeout on server
Connection was to 184.108.40.206 at port 80
I'm assuming that I have the right ip of my computer, I got it from this website: http://whatismyip.co.uk/
I put my httpd.conf (with ip address changed) on my old website, in case you want to look at it if you have an idea if some screw up there is causing this: http://mysite.verizon.net/vzep38ie/httpd(mod).txt
Now, from what I can figure out, my server should be running, because it shows up if I type localhost on my computer, however I can't access it by typing in my ip address in the address bar on my browser.
I believe that the following could be problems.
1.) I may not actually know my ip address; the website that gave it to me might be wrong. (I doubt this about 4 other similar sites gave my the same answer) and I'm trying to access the wrong address.
2.) My ISP, Verizon, is blocking outgoing messages for port 80. (I know that some ISP's block ports so you can't set up servers)
3.) My httpd.conf file is somehow screwed up (I am a newb at this and I didn't change hardly any of the options, so this seems likely)
Basically, I'm completely stuck because I don't know what's wrong with my server. I've tried researching all of the following likely problems, and have come up with nothing. I know this is a complicated and vague question, but I've documented my problem the best I can, and I hope that someone will take the time to answer it.