How Do I Setup a Web Server in Windows 11?


Angela Bailey

Setting Up a Web Server in Windows 11

Are you looking to set up your own web server in Windows 11? Whether you’re a developer, a small business owner, or just someone who wants to learn more about web hosting, this tutorial will guide you through the process step by step. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Install Internet Information Services (IIS)

To begin, we need to install Internet Information Services (IIS), which is the web server software provided by Microsoft. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Start menu
  • Type “Turn Windows features on or off” and press Enter
  • In the Windows Features window that appears, scroll down and find “Internet Information Services”
  • Check the box next to it
  • Click “OK” and wait for the installation process to complete

Congratulations! You now have IIS installed on your Windows 11 machine.

Step 2: Configure IIS for Web Hosting

The next step is to configure IIS for web hosting. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
    • Type “Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager” in the Start menu and click on it when it appears

  • Create a new website
    1. In the IIS Manager window, expand your computer’s name in the left-hand pane
    2. Right-click on “Sites” and select “Add Website”
    3. Fill in the necessary information, such as the site name, physical path, and port number

  • Test your website
    • Open a web browser and enter “http://localhost:{port number}” (replace {port number} with the actual port number you specified earlier)
    • If everything is set up correctly, you should see your website’s content

You have now successfully configured IIS for web hosting on your Windows 11 machine. Isn’t that exciting?

Step 3: Publish Your Website

Now that your web server is up and running, it’s time to publish your website. Here are a few ways you can do this:

  • Copy files to the website’s physical path
    • Navigate to the physical path you specified when creating the website in IIS Manager
    • Copy all your website files into this folder

  • Use FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
    1. If you prefer using FTP to upload your files, you can set up an FTP server in IIS Manager and connect to it using an FTP client like FileZilla
    2. This allows you to easily transfer files between your computer and the web server

That’s it! You have successfully set up a web server in Windows 11 and published your website. Now anyone can access your site using its URL or IP address.


Setting up a web server in Windows 11 may seem daunting at first, but with the right guidance, it becomes a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you now have your own web server up and running. Take this opportunity to experiment, learn, and showcase your website to the world!

Happy hosting!

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