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How to setup Apache web server on Amazon AWS with PHP

I personally prefer hosting a web server on Amazon AWS due to the flexibility and control I get on these AMI.

Here are the simple steps to setup Apache web server on Amazon AWS with PHP (since I am using the RDS instance, I wont talk about installing MySQL)

Create an Ubuntu AMI instance on AWS

Login to the server using SSH

Change user to ROOT

sudo su

Update the server

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade

Setup hostname

vi /etc/hosts

127.0.0.1 websvr1.ezref.info

Save the file

:wq!

echo web.ezref.info > /etc/hostname

service hostname start

hostname

hostname -f

[hostname and hostname -f should output the same result]

Install Apache

apt-get install apache2 apache2.2-common  apache2-doc  apache2-mpm-prefork  apache2-utils  libapache2-mod-php5 

Install PHP

apt-get install php5  php5-common  php5-gd  php5-mysql  php5-imap  php5-cli  php5-ldap  php5-cgi  php-pear  php-auth  php5-mcrypt  mcrypt  php5-imagick  imagemagick

Install Sendmail

PHP mail() funciton uses sendmail to send emails from the web site, although this can be modified, I prefer to keep it the same for simplicity.

apt-get install sendmail

If you wish to install wordpress, you may also need to enable the mod_rewrite module.

a2enmod rewrite