Hosting a Website in a VPS (Virtual Private Servers) / Dedicated Server
This article tries to address steps or the processes undertaken to convert a bare metal VPS or dedicated server to be a web server. – Hosting ready.
Install the operating System – in this case we recommend Centos 7 operating. To install centos 7 operating system, use the iso template as provided by the server hosting company or request the server hosting company to install 64 bit centos 7.
Install WHM/Cpanel from the script provided at the Cpanel website. We recommend Cpanel for its rich functionality, user friendliness; – Cpanel installation comes with 15 days trial.
You can also use Plesk control panel – it’s also features –rich and user friendly.
Cpanel installs the following important software
Apache – web server
Install postgre sql in case you need postgre sql.
Install CSF firewall and configure it for use to secure your server.
Important Plugins that you can consider installing in your server. These plugins are freely available for Cpanel.
Cpanel plugin for SEO tools. Provides important tools for submitting website to google and other search engine.
Generating Sitemap, checking for Google blacklist and submitting keywords.
Cloudflare is a CDN service plugin available on Cpanel, its important and provides free CDN services.
Spam Assassin ensures controlled spamming for the mailing within the server.
Clam AV antivirus
Provides some antimalware technology to protect the server against malware attack.
Mod security config
Consider configuring Mod Security for additional security through the mod security rule set.
You consider configuring SSH by changing a few settings including port number.
At that point the server is ready to host your websites…it’s a ready webserver.