How To Install Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

In this tutorial will show you how to install Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Hiawatha is a web server built with a focus on security. It has built-in rules that can prevent cross-site scripting and forgery, SQL injections, and resource expenditure. Although its focus is on security, it also excels in performance due to its lightweight design. When combining the Hiawatha webserver with PHP-FPM and MySQL, you can have a powerful web server that is both lightweight and secure.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple. I will show you the step-by-step installation Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04  server.

Prerequisites

  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 14.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04

Step 1. First of all, make sure that all packages are up to date.

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade

Step 2. Install Hiawatha Web Server.

First, get and install the repository’s public key:

apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keys.gnupg.net 79AF54A9
nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following to sources.list:

deb http://mirror.tuxhelp.org/debian/ squeeze main

Install Hiawatha with the following command:

apt-get install hiawatha

Start Hiawatha and add it to automatically start on your system start-up using:

service hiawatha start

You can verify that the Hiawatha web server is really running by opening your favorite web browser and entering the URL http://your-IP-server if it is installed, then you will see this:

Install Hiawatha Web Server on Ubuntu 14.04
Hiawatha Default Page

Using the default settings, you can put your web content in the following directory:

/var/www/hiawatha

For any configuration changes that you may want to make, you can go to the following directory:

/etc/hiawatha

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Hiawatha. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Hiawatha web server in Ubuntu 14.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Hiawatha website.

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