How Do I Use Synology NAS as a Web Server?


Angela Bailey

Are you looking to turn your Synology NAS into a web server? You’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of using your Synology NAS as a web server, allowing you to host your own websites and take control of your online presence.

Why use Synology NAS as a web server?

Synology NAS offers many advantages when it comes to hosting your own website. Here are a few reasons why you might consider using your Synology NAS as a web server:

  • Cost-effective: By utilizing your existing Synology NAS, you can avoid the need for additional hardware or services.
  • Data control: Hosting your website on your own NAS gives you full control over your data and allows you to ensure its privacy and security.
  • Convenience: With Synology’s user-friendly interface and powerful features, setting up and managing a web server becomes incredibly easy.

Getting started

To use Synology NAS as a web server, follow these steps:

Step 1: Enable the Web Station package

The Web Station package is required to turn your Synology NAS into a web server. To enable it, go to the Package Center on your NAS and search for “Web Station.” Install the package if it’s not already installed.

Step 2: Configure Web Station

Once Web Station is installed, open it from the main menu. In the settings, make sure that PHP is enabled, as most websites require PHP for dynamic content. You can also configure other settings like HTTPS support and access permissions according to your requirements.

Step 3: Create a website

Now that Web Station is set up, it’s time to create your first website. Click on the “Virtual Host” tab and then click on the “Create” button. Here, you can specify the name of your website, the folder where its files will be stored, and other settings like port number and domain name.

Managing your websites

Once you have created your website(s), you can easily manage them through Web Station’s interface. Here are some common tasks you might need to perform:

  • Uploading files: Use the File Manager in Web Station to upload your website’s files and folders to the specified folder for each virtual host.
  • Configuring databases: If your website requires a database (e.g., for content management systems like WordPress), use Synology’s Database Manager to set up and manage databases.
  • Securing your websites: Enable HTTPS support for added security. Synology NAS offers built-in Let’s Encrypt integration, making it easy to obtain and install SSL certificates for your websites.

In conclusion

Congratulations! You’ve successfully turned your Synology NAS into a web server.

With Web Station’s intuitive interface and powerful features, hosting and managing your own websites has never been easier. Enjoy the freedom and control that comes with having your own web server!

If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to consult Synology’s documentation or seek help from their support team.

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