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Hosting a Website on Linode: A Step-by-Step Guide - Shahid Malla - WHMCS Expert Freelancer


Linode is a cloud infrastructure provider that enables you to deploy and manage virtual servers. Hosting a website on Linode involves setting up a Linode instance, configuring it, and deploying your web application. This guide will walk you through the process.


  1. Linode Account: Ensure you have an active Linode account. If not, sign up at Linode.
  2. Domain Name: Have a registered domain name through a domain registrar.

Step 1: Create a Linode Instance

  1. Log in to your Linode account.
  2. Click on “Create Linode” and select a Linode plan that suits your needs.
  3. Choose a data center region.
  4. Set a label for your Linode and choose a root password.
  5. Click “Create” to deploy your Linode instance.

Step 2: Access Your Linode Instance

  1. Once your Linode is deployed, note its IP address.
  2. Connect to your Linode instance using an SSH client:
   ssh root@your_linode_ip

Step 3: Configure Server

  1. Update your server:
   apt update && apt upgrade -y   # For Debian/Ubuntu
   yum update   # For CentOS
  1. Install a web server (e.g., Nginx or Apache) and other necessary packages:
   apt install nginx   # For Debian/Ubuntu
   yum install nginx   # For CentOS
  1. Configure your web server to serve your website files.

Step 4: Upload Website Files

  1. Use SCP, SFTP, or other methods to upload your website files to your Linode instance. Example using SCP:
   scp -r /path/to/your/website root@your_linode_ip:/var/www/html

Step 5: Configure Domain

  1. Update your domain’s DNS settings to point to your Linode instance’s IP address.

Step 6: Test Your Website

  1. Open your web browser and visit your domain. Your website should be live.

Step 7: Optional – Configure SSL/TLS

  1. Install Certbot for Let’s Encrypt SSL:
   apt install certbot   # For Debian/Ubuntu
   yum install certbot   # For CentOS
  1. Obtain and install an SSL certificate:
   certbot --nginx   # For Nginx
   certbot --apache   # For Apache


Congratulations! You’ve successfully hosted your website on Linode. Ensure to regularly update your website files, monitor your server, and implement security best practices.

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