Learn how to get a server from a hosting provider and set it up as a web server from the terminal command line, install the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySql, PHP), and how WordPress can be installed and used as a Content Management System. Setting up the MySql database and preparing it for WordPress, setting up phpMyAdmin, getting a domain name, getting an SSL Certificate. and combining all these technologies together to make a complete webserver ready for a website.
Whether you are a beginner getting into web development or a programmer, this tutorial fits all. We are going to go through the process step by step with pictures and source code to guide you. We will be using the terminal for setting up and installing the webserver packages.
Some information about webservers:
A web server is server software or hardware dedicated to running software, that can satisfy client requests on the World Wide Web. A web server can, in general, contain one or more websites. A web server processes incoming network requests over HTTP and several other related protocols.
The primary function of a web server is to store, process, and deliver web pages to clients. The communication between client and server takes place using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Pages delivered are most frequently HTML documents, which may include images, style sheets, and scripts in addition to the text content.
Many generic web servers also support server-side scripting using Active Server Pages (ASP), PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor), or other scripting languages. This means that the behavior of the webserver can be scripted in separate files, while the actual server software remains unchanged. Usually, this function is used to generate HTML documents dynamically ("on-the-fly") as opposed to returning static documents. The former is primarily used for retrieving or modifying information from databases. The latter is typically much faster and more easily cached but cannot deliver dynamic content.
An ever-growing set of tools and technologies have helped developers build more dynamic and interactive Web sites. Further, Web developers now help to deliver applications as Web services which were traditionally only available as applications on a desk-based computer.