I had some free time* this evening, so I thought I’d investigate the NAS’s capabilities.
I downloaded, installed and configured an instance of the phpMyAdmin control panel (the Synology Diskstation NAS already has MySQL installed).
Then I used the internal package downloader to grab a copy of WordPress, and installed that as an intranet blog.
Well, I said to myself (I seem to be doing a lot of this, lately. I’m going to have to keep a watch on this. Yes you are. Who said that? I did. Who are you? Look, just get on with documenting what you did, you big geek) if building an intranet website is that easy, why don’t I use the next half an hour to set up an internet website on the NAS.
Well it didn’t take half an hour, obv.
But after a lot of fiddling about within a handful of different modules, and reconfiguring various router and server ports, and firewall rules, everything looked about ready to go.
So I went to the registrar’s control panel of a domain I own that’s been dormant for the last six months, and pointed it at my static IP address, and the @, and A, and nameserver addresses, I had created in the NAS.
Then I did the most crucial part of the whole exercise.
I drank tea.
Lots of tea.
Then I dropped a static index.html file in to the root of the website’s domain I had created on the NAS.
Opened a browser.
Typed in the URI.
And blow me, the bloody thing worked!
The next stage is to install the .php gubbins that is the marvel of WordPress.
Then I’ll have to open up the phpMyAdmin control panel and create a database.
Then I’ll open up the default wp-config.php and edit in to that the details of the database I’ve just created.
And then I just run the install.php
Well. Yes, I think so.
But it’s 9pm now and that’s bedtime for me
So I’ll do the .php and MySQL/phpMyAdmin stuff tomorrow.
*should have been packing but what the hell