Hosting a Website with Raspberry Pi

Whoever said 'small is beautiful' knew what they were talking about. The Raspbery Pi could provide the perfect solution as a cost-effective way of hosting your own website. It is more than capable of running the necessary software to create a basic site or blog. You could also use it as a test machine for running a WordPress development system.

Many of us dream of creating and running our own blog, but are put off by the hassle of finding the right hosting solution. Let’s take a look at the practicalities of a DIY workaround with your Raspberry Pi. You might be surprised at just how straightforward it can be.

Why Pi?

Many people are surprised to hear something so small, inexpensive and simple can be used as a web server. But there are several factors that make it a perfect choice. Your desktop machine might not have sufficient system resources to perform the role reliably, and there is the fact that if you are seeking an always-on web server, the low energy footprint of the Raspberry Pi can really come into its own.

Getting started

Before you begin, make sure the hardware is all in order. Check you have been through the basic setup procedure, and that you have all the essential hardware. Naturally, you also need to have a suitable operating system installed. For the following purposes, we will assume you have the latest version of Raspbian installed.

The next step is to setup SSH if you have not already done so.  Then it is just a case of configuring your Raspberry Pi by installing an appropriate web server application such as Apache and you are ready to start uploading HTML pages.
You will find that life is much easier if you also set up FTP on your device. This greatly simplifies the process of replacing the basic placeholder with your own PHP or HTML content.

Your own personal website

Let’s get one thing straight, you are never going to be hosting games and video content using your Raspberry Pi, but for a simple website or blog, the potential is considerable. Armed with only a battery pack and an internet dongle, you have the power to host a website from anywhere in the world. And best of all, you have complete control and no reliance on anyone else.