The Raspberry Pi 4 is powerful enough to run a web server to host multiple websites. At least the 8Gb version is. That’s the version I use for this very purpose. As a web designer and developer, I like to host my own websites on my own server. You can find lots of articles which give you bits and bobs of how to setup a web server but this guide is specifically tailored to guide you through not only the server setup – including Apache, MySQL, PHP, virtual hosts configuration and WordPress installation. But also how to configure your web hosting domain, home router and dynamic DNS, in this complete guide to running a live web server on a Raspberry Pi from home.
You have landed here because you are interested in small business website design and hosting, presumably for your own business. At least, I hope you want to learn more about starting your own website, as I am about to guide you on how you can do this professionally and in a way that will ensure you make a potent impact on your potential clients. So let’s get into it.
What is a virtual machine (VM)? A virtual machine is a fresh install of an operating system into a container on your main operating system (OS). This VM doesn’t replace your existing OS install, it sits on top of your current OS and is a walled garden. Changes made in the VM do not affect your OS on your PC.
For the past few years, I have run a few websites on a Raspberry Pi 3B at home. I decided to do this just because I like to do some general tinkering with gadgets, but also because I thought it would be a cheaper way of hosting websites. But is the Raspberry Pi web server performance adequate?