Posted on Wednesday March 16, 2016

Apache - adding a new site in under 2 minutes.

There’s a great guide on Digital Ocean for setting up new sites in Apache on Linux. Once you’ve done it a few times though it can be shortened to a few bullet points:

  • md /var/www/example.com
  • md /var/www/example.com/public_html
  • nano /var/www/example.com/public_html/index.html

copy/create a conf in /etc/apache2/sites-available, e.g. example.com.conf:

<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 www.example.com

        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
        DocumentRoot /var/www/example.com/public_html

        # 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
</VirtualHost>
  • sudo a2ensite example.com.conf
  • service apache2 restart