In this article, we are going to see how to set up a web server in Ubuntu Server. Before that, I want to give credit for this article to Mike of www.funwithlinux.net. I learnt how to install the web server from this article, made some mistakes initially but finally successful.
What is a web server? It is a server which hosts websites. Each and every website has a server. Most web servers are set up on Linux for the primary reason that it is free. I am going to set up my web server on Ubuntu Server 12.04.
To set up a web server we are going to install four components, Apache (server software), PHP (scripting language used to create webpages), MYSQL (database), PHP-MYSQL (MySQL support in PHP ). Login as root into Ubuntu server.
In the terminal type “apt-get install apache2″ to install Apache package. Type ‘Y’ when system prompts you to continue.
To check whether apache packages have been installed or not type the command “wget localhost index.html” in the terminal. This will download the index.html file to the local directory. Type “ls” to see if the file has been downloaded or not. If it is present, apache has been correctly installed.
The apache2 config file is located at “/etc/apache2/”. In this same directory we have a directory named ‘conf.d’. Configuration files( files with the suffix .conf ) in this directory will be parsed by apache2 during startup. If we intend to run multiple sites from the same server, we need to put our config files here. Let’s create a file name “shunya.com.conf”.
In the file shunya.com.conf, add the following text and save the file. The first line tells Apache to listen on port 80. The second line shows the ServerAdmin and is optional. The third line shows our web server’s root directory. The fourth line is host header Apache2 will listen for, as sent by the end user’s browser. The fifth line is the file used for logging errors. This line is also optional but is very helpful. The settings not configured under <VirtualHost> tags will be inherited from apache2.conf or other configuration files. Close the file by typing “:wq”.
As we created the config file of our host, we need to create our root directory referenced in the config file i.e “/var/www/shunya.com”. Navigate to the directory by typing “cd /var/www/”. Create new directory named ‘shunya.com’ by typing “mkdir shunya.com”. Make the root user the owner of the directory by typing the command “chown root:www-data /var/www/shunya.com -R”. Make this directory readable and executable by typing the command “chmod 550 /var/www/shunya.com -R”.
Create a file named index.php in our root directory shunya.com.
Edit the file as below. We will echo some Archimedes in our index.php file. Save and exit the file.
Next, we have to install PHP. Type the command “apt-get install php5″. Type Y at appropriate prompts.
Reload the apache config file by typing “service apache2 reload”. Then restart the apache service using “service apache2 restart”.
Let’s see if our website is working. From a remote machine which has access to your web server open the browser and type the IP address of the web server. If we get “Eureka Eureka” displayed, then our server is working.
Install MySQL server by typing “apt-get install mysql-server”.
The system will prompt you to set a root user password for MYSQL. Set the password and confirm it again.
Type the command “apt-get install php5-mysql” to install MySQL support for PHP.
We have set up our web server successfully.