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Setting up a web server from scratch

Date Tuesday 10th March 2020
Time 6:30pm
Location The Avalon Lounge, 25 Kent Rd, Glasgow, G3 7EH
Meetup link

What we'll do

We'll aim to teach:

  1. How to set up an Amazon EC2 instance (a free private server you can start developing on)
  2. How to securely access your server
  3. Install a web server (apache2) and database (MySQL) on your server
  4. Install a GUI tool for administering your database
  5. How to upload and edit files on your webserver
  6. How to create a basic HTML page
  7. If there's time, create a “Hello world” PHP program and some other basics

Whatever your level - you are very welcome to come along. We'll find some time to answer questions and if you are able to help newcomers with any issues they might have, all the better!

What you'll need

  1. A laptop
  2. An account on AWS (visit Amazon Web Services and create an account You will have to put credit card details in, but you won't be charged for your first year). This is optional but might save some time on the night. If you'd rather use a different service (like Google or Digital Ocean) then feel free to go with them rather than AWS. We'll try to assist you on the night.

Getting Started

See the Guides:Web server page for the list of instructions we'll work through to complete the objectives above.


An opportunity to make some new friends with common interests! Follow us on the Fediverse at (create an account on or on any Fediverse connected site) so you can keep in touch with everyone you meet tonight. Let me know if you want to share your Fediverse address so I can add the details below.

  1. Dave Potter
  2. Eugene
  3. Graham Twaddle
  4. John Arvanitis
  5. Manuel Portero
  6. Sam Bratton
  7. Yiannis Chantolios

Signed up, but didn't show

  1. Caitlin Hamilton
  2. Martin Priest
  3. Rahul Ranjan
  4. Victor Obonyo
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