Adding a Virtual Host on Ubuntu

Adding a Virtual Host on Ubuntu
  • SSH into your server/instance
  • cd to /etc/apache2/sites-enabled
  • run the following command touch [somesite].com.conf
  • The previous command will create a new conf file.
  • I like to use vim for editing files via ssh, you can use what you want but for this short tutorial we’ll use vim.
  • Run the following command vim [somesite].com.conf
  • Add the following code:
<VirtualHost *:80>
        # The ServerName directive sets the request scheme, hostname and port that
        # the server uses to identify itself. This is used when creating
        # redirection URLs. In the context of virtual hosts, the ServerName
        # specifies what hostname must appear in the request's Host: header to
        # match this virtual host. For the default virtual host (this file) this
        # value is not decisive as it is used as a last resort host regardless.
        # However, you must set it for any further virtual host explicitly.
        ServerName [somesite].com
        ServerAlias www.[somesite].com

        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
        DocumentRoot /var/www/[path_to_site_public_access]

        # Available loglevels: trace8, ..., trace1, debug, info, notice, warn,
        # error, crit, alert, emerg.
        # It is also possible to configure the loglevel for particular
        # modules, e.g.
        #LogLevel info ssl:warn

        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

        # For most configuration files from conf-available/, which are
        # enabled or disabled at a global level, it is possible to
        # include a line for only one particular virtual host. For example the
        # following line enables the CGI configuration for this host only
        # after it has been globally disabled with "a2disconf".
        #Include conf-available/serve-cgi-bin.conf
  • Next hit esc then type :x which will save the file.
  • Finally restart the server with the following command sudo systemctl restart apache2 and go to to make sure it works!


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