How Do I Use a Synology Web Server?


Larry Thompson

Are you looking to set up your own web server using Synology? You’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of using a Synology web server step by step.

Step 1: Set up your Synology NAS

Before you can use the web server feature, you need to make sure that your Synology NAS is properly set up. Connect it to your network and access the DiskStation Manager (DSM) interface. If you are unsure how to do this, refer to the user manual provided by Synology.

Step 2: Enable the Web Station package

To use the web server feature, you need to enable the Web Station package on your Synology NAS. Start by logging into DSM and opening the Package Center. Search for “Web Station” and install it if it’s not already installed.

Note: Some older models may require you to install Apache HTTP Server or Nginx instead of Web Station. The process may vary slightly for these models.

Step 3: Configure Web Station

Once Web Station is installed, open it from the main menu. In the General Settings tab, make sure that “Enable Web Station” is checked. You can also configure other settings here, such as the default website folder and PHP version.

Step 4: Set up websites

To start hosting websites on your Synology NAS, click on the “Virtual Host” tab in Web Station. Here you can create virtual hosts for different websites.

  • Create a new virtual host: Click on “Create” and enter a name for your website. You can also specify a custom folder for the website files.
  • Configure website settings: After creating a virtual host, you can configure various settings such as the type of website (static or dynamic), the default page, and SSL certificates if needed.

Step 5: Upload website files

Now that you have set up your websites, it’s time to upload your website files. You can do this using various methods:

  • File Station: Access your Synology NAS using File Station and upload your website files to the appropriate folder specified in the virtual host settings.
  • SFTP/FTP: If you prefer using an FTP client, you can connect to your Synology NAS using SFTP or FTP and upload your files to the designated folder.

Step 6: Test your websites

Your websites are now up and running on your Synology web server. To test them, simply enter the domain name or IP address associated with each virtual host in a web browser. If everything is set up correctly, you should see your website displayed.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues when using a Synology web server, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Check permissions: Ensure that the website files and folders have appropriate read and write permissions for the web server user.
  • Verify port forwarding: If accessing your websites from outside your local network, make sure that port forwarding is properly configured on your router.
  • Review log files: Check the log files in DSM for any error messages that may help identify the issue.

With a Synology web server, you can host multiple websites and take control of your online presence. Follow the steps outlined in this tutorial to set up your own web server and start sharing your content with the world!

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