Starting and Stopping Apache Web Server:
Whenerver you make changes to your apache, such as the httpd.conf, or the apache.conf, you then need to restart apache so that it may load the newest changes that you've made. Or if this isnt the case, and you have just had a problem with the apache stopping on it own, or whatever the case might be that you need to start and then restart the apache, this article will explain to you how to do this proceedure. You can do this without rebooting your computer.
The proper way to STOP your httpd is by giving it the following command as root :
To get further information on the apachectl commands, you can do the following command at a prompt "apachectl" and it will give you the help screen that looks like this :