If you’re planning to launch a website but don’t want to pay recurring monthly or annual hosting fees, you can use any old laptop or desktop PC to host a website for free. It’s a great way to utilize your old system instead of throwing it away.
In this guide, we will install and set up services on our 10-year-old laptop to host a WordPress, Joomla, or custom HTML or PHP-based website with a free SSL certificate.
Things You Will Need to Host a Website
Following are the pre-requisites to host a website for free from home with just your computer:
- An old laptop or PC running Ubuntu Server.
- A registered domain name for your website
- Ethernet cable to connect the laptop or PC to router for reliable and fast connection
Step 1: Update and Upgrade the Packages