Since I’ve been working a lot with Jekyll and static sites, I figured it was time I actually hosted one on my own. I recently built a wiki site for my company’s IT documentation and decided I needed to host it somewhere. We’re mainly a Microsoft shop, so to try something new, I deployed it with Apache on CentOS 7 Core.
This should be straightforward, you can download CentOS 7 Minimal here.
I installed CentOS on VMware. To install VMware Tools you’ll need to run:
yum install open-vm-tools
Next, you’ll need to configure your network. To view all devices run
nmcli d, which should return something like this:
DEVICE TYPE STATE CONNECTION ens192 ethernet connected Wired connection 1 lo loopback unmanaged --
Confirm your device is listed. If not you probably need to install drivers as I did with VMware Tools.
To configure your adaptor, run
Continue to Edit a connection:
Select your connection and then configure your settings as needed. I configured a static IP:
Finally, back on the main NetworkManager screen, select Activate a connection. On the next screen Deactivate and then Activate your connection. You could also run
service network restart.
To confirm your settings run
First make sure your CentOS install is up to date with:
sudo yum -y update
And then install Apache with:
sudo yum -y install httpd
First, we need to allow port 80 through the firewall:
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=80/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload
Next, we’ll configure Apache to start on boot:
sudo systemctl start httpd
sudo systemctl enable httpd
And confirm the status with:
sudo systemctl status httpd
You should now be able to browse to your server IP and view the default Apache website, confirming your configuration.
Upload Website Files
Finally, we’re ready to upload our website files. I used WinSCP to copy my files to
And that’s it! Your site should now be hosted on your new Apache server!