How to Build a Web Hosting Server: A Guide for Absolute Beginners

How to Build a Web Hosting Server: A Guide for Absolute Beginners

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When it comes to building a hosting server, there are many different options. You can buy a single server or rent one from the cloud. You may want to purchase your own hardware or go with a virtualized machine. You can also get many software packages for free, which could be part of your decision-making process. However, if you’re starting out, it might be best to use something that’s already set up for you. This blog will explore how to build a web hosting server using an Ubuntu Linux distribution and the Apache webserver.

Installing Linux and web server software

The first thing you’ll need to do is download and install Ubuntu Linux. The OS is available for multiple versions of both desktops and laptops. The OS should be located in either the distribution’s official repository or your download folder.

Assuming that you’re starting from scratch, install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This version is based on Ubuntu’s Karmic Koala release. You can find installation guides for Karmic at Ubuntu’s wiki.

Once your system is ready, you’ll need to make a few other adjustments. For example, be sure to secure your username and password. Next, you’ll need to select which web server software you want to use for your server. Most web hosting services use Apache as their default web server.

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Configuring Apache, MySQL, and phpMyAdmin

As you begin to explore web hosting options, you should first go through the process of figuring out the software package that best suits your needs. This will likely involve purchasing hardware, installing it, and configuring it.

Name your hostname and domain name.

In order to access your hosting server, you need to have a web hostname that is easy for you to remember. For example, my hostname is If you’re a beginner, you may not want to go as far as having your hostname, your server’s name, your domain name, and your web address all the same. You may also want to create a custom name for your server. If you’re going to go with something more generic, I recommend emailing your host, asking them what name you should choose. Your host may tell you that they’re against the practice, but you can always find other hosts that allow this. If you’re not familiar with how to properly set up an email, you can also do it manually.

Install Apache for your virtual host

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To install the Apache webserver on Ubuntu Linux, you’ll first need to install some necessary packages for the webserver. You’ll need to install the kernel packages for the webserver, or your machine may not be able to connect to the webserver when it is running. The following packages are needed for the webserver:



apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0 php7.0-cgi php7.0-gd php7.0-mysql php7.0-zip php7.0-curl php7.0-cli php7.0-zip-dev

In addition to installing the required packages, you’ll also need to set a password for the virtual host. To set a password, execute the following command:


When this command is executed, the word “PASSWORD” is displayed on the screen.

Configure the virtual host

There are a few different ways to host a website. You can go with a dedicated server, which is a dedicated server that’s dedicated to your website. This type of server is limited in its support and can be costly. You can also go with shared hosting, where you can share the server with many other websites. With shared hosting, there are many server resources you’ll have to share.

One thing you won’t find in a shared hosting package is a dedicated web server. This is where you host a website for one or more websites that you want to support at once. With a dedicated server, you can pay for the server yourself or use it with the help of a web hosting company. It’s a much higher-performance version of shared hosting.

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