[Freedombox-discuss] Personal Web Server

Joseph Nuthalapati njoseph at thoughtworks.com
Thu Dec 7 05:52:03 UTC 2017

Adding to Daddy's reply.

We have plans for including a blog application with FreedomBox, but if
you want to host a website, you can simply host it from Apache by adding
the files in /var/www/html.

FreedomBox serves Plinth by default. This configuration is in
/etc/apache2/conf-available/freedombox.conf. Delete the following line
from the file and Apache will serve your website files instead. You can
still access Plinth from /plinth.

RedirectMatch "^/$" "/plinth"


On Monday 04 December 2017 01:44 PM, Daddy wrote:
> Hi,
> I, too would be interested in this.  I think that simple answer is
> that Freedombox does not support this (yet?), so we have to treat is
> as a Debian system for the sake of this problem.
> I guess all one needs to achieve this is place the website somewhere
> in the filesystem and create new config files in the
> /etc/apache2/sites-*
> folders.
> Their contents depend on the inner workings of the website we are
> trying to run, which fall into one of two basic scenarios:
> 1. Simple website which can be interpreted and served by Apache (html,
> php sites mostly).
> In this case we just need to point the Apache to the directory
> containing the site.
> 2. Website running its own webserver demon (node, java etc).
> In this case, we need to configure 'reverse proxy' in Apache, so it
> forwards the traffic to the demon. There are some limitations of this
> (for example, websocket forwarding support is imperfect and depends on
> the version of apache), but should also be straightforward.
> That's the theory. As for practice, the exact syntax of these
> configuration files eludes me - general examples should be easily
> found on the web, but I don't know if there are any
> Freedombox-specific needs. Also, I have no idea how to configure ssl
> for these pages (ideally using included Let's encrypt demon).
> D.
> On 03.12.2017 22:02, Marc Draco wrote:
>> Hopefully this is one that someone will be able to go ... "D'uh" but
>> I'm a little confused as to how we put a personal web page on our
>> Freedombox.
>> When I say a personal page, I don't mean a blog (found that) or a
>> Wiki (hate them) but an actual webpage(s) of stuff. I don't find
>> blogs particularly helpful and Wikis often look messy.
>> Presumably we could use an existing CMS like Wordpress or Joomla, but
>> I find those overrated - I did a fair bit of work with the older
>> version of CodeIgniter and I still like it for speed and efficiency.
>> The gotcha is it can't interfere with the existing web UI - I hope
>> you'll all forgive my ignorance, I'm coming back to all this after a
>> very lengthy hiatus and I was never very good at the nuts and bolts.
>> Marc
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