Apache is the most popular web server software being used today. Its popularity is earned through its stability, fast service, and security. Most likely if you are building out a web page or any public facing app, you’ll be using Apache to display it. At the time of writing, the most current offering of Apache is 2.4.38, and it is the version we will be using to install on our Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Update and Upgrade the apt tool to ensure we are working with the latest and greatest.
sudo apt update && upgrade
Step 2: Install Apache and select Y when prompted.
sudo apt install apache2
Step 3: Now that we have installed Apache we have to start the service.
systemctl start apache2
Step 4: Enabling Apache will automatically start the web server whenever the server is turned on.
systemctl enable apache2
Verify Apache by visiting the server’s IP or hostname; you’ll see Apache’s default page.
Optional: Install and Enable PHP
Depending on your needs, say a website that has PHP code, you may also want to install and enable PHP.
apt install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysqlSpoiler alert, Ubuntu 18.04’s default is PHP is 7.2, the latest and greatest. You’ll see this value reflected when using:
PHP 7.2.15-0ubuntu0.18.04.2 (cli) (built: Mar 22 2019 17:05:14) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies
with Zend OPcache v7.2.15-0ubuntu0.18.04.2, Copyright (c) 1999-2018, by Zend Technologies
Where Are Apache’s Configuration Files?
You may be curious as to what to do next, as said before, Apache can be a pre-requisite for another app or it may be where you host your website(s). Some important files to note are actually on the default page of Apache, but a small snippet description is below.
There’s many ways to set Apache specifically to your taste and needs. As a Liquid Web customers you’ll enjoy the 24/7 support and a knowledgable tech at your fingertips. Check out what we can do for you!