The Debian package management system (called Advanced Packaging Tool or APT) is by far the most well-designed and is one of the top killer features on the Linux platform.
This short Howto describes howto establish a Debian package repository for home-grown deb-packages or like (could be used for Ubuntu as well, since Ubuntu uses the Debian package management system).
Establish repository structure
Create the repository structure in a directory. E.g. in ~/public_html directory exposed to the web.
Copy your deb-packages into the repository
cp src/bzr_0.11-1.1_all.deb public_html/my-repository/binary/
Install the tools to be able to create a repository index
sudo aptitude install dpkg-dev
Create a repository index
dpkg-scanpackages binary /dev/null | gzip -9c > binary/Packages.gz
dpkg-scansources source /dev/null | gzip -9c > source/Sources.gz
Using the repository
# Add these two lines into the /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://mediakey.dk/~cc/my-repository binary/
deb-src http://mediakey.dk/~cc/my-repository source/
For a more professional package management setup, use reprepro