A Guide to Hosting Your Own Website at Home

Hosting Your Own Website at Home

Hosting inside your home is not an easy thing to do. For one, you need to surpass a number of hurdles such as bandwidth constraints, dynamic IP addresses, and the cost of electricity. There are also numerous disadvantages when using your PC as your server but why not try this out if it can be done.

This article will discuss the guidelines of hosting a website at home using the AMP web stack. There are two ways that can be done: either using Windows (WAMP) or Linux (LAMP) server. We will focus our discussion using the Windows Operating System.

Hosting a Website on Your Own PC through a WAMP Server

To do this, you simply have to follow these steps:

Installing the WAMP software

The WAMP software package that you will be using comes with the latest versions of MySQL, Apache, and PHP. It is important to follow the instructions so you can install the program with ease. Choose either the 32 or 64-bit binary depending on your system to start. Launch the WAMP server when the installation is finished.

Start Using the WAMP Server

Once the installation is finished, it will automatically create a www directory which you’ll find at c:\wamp\www. You may then create subdirectories where you can place HTML or PHP files. Open your internet browser and visit http://localhost to take you to WampServer’s main screen.

Test the WAMP Server by Starting an HTML Page

To do this, create an example file into the www-directory. Simply click the www directory which is located in the WAMP server menu, then proceed to create a file which contains the HTML code “<title>PHP Test</title>”. Make sure to save it afterward.

Start Configuring MYSQL

Clicking the phpMyAdmin menu will let you configure MySQL databases. This will let you create a new MYSQL database or edit the ones you already created. These databases will be needed once you start using a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress or Wix.

Publish Your Site

This means taking your site online for public viewing. To start, simply change the setting of your Apache configuration file. This is set by default to block incoming HTTP connections. Go to WampServer menu, click Apache, then select “httpd.conf”. You will notice these two lines:

Order Deny, Allow

Deny from all

Simply replace them with these lines:

Order Allow, Deny

Allow from all

After that, click “Restart all Services”.

Use a Domain Name

For this step, you’ll have to add a line from the selected domain name and IP address to C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file. After that, edit httpd.conf to let you add a virtual host. After that, place it manually in this location:

C:\wamp\bin\apache\Apache-VERSION\conf\extra\

Next, open notepad and place the following:

ServerAdmin mail@example.com

DocumentRoot “c:\wamp\www”

ServerName mysite.local

ErrorLog “logs/example.com.log”

CustomLog “logs/example.com-access.log” common

Make sure to save the file in your Apache directory. Go to the WampServer menu and click Restart All Services.

Hosting your website at home isn’t that easy, but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible. After all, it is what web hosting services do. Hopefully, the steps above will give you an idea on how you can do it.

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