2.3 - Apache Webserver Configuration

Configure Apache Webserver

By default on Ubuntu 18.04, the Apache 2 document root is found at /var/www/html. For our basic setup, we're going to ditch the /var/www/html folder and run straight from /var/www. If you already have a site running at this location, remember to configure the virtual host's path to your preferred location in the steps that follow.

  1. Disable the default site.
    sudo a2dissite 000-default
  2. Create the convention_master Apache configuration file, and copy in the configuration in the box below.
    sudo joe /etc/apache2/sites-available/convention_master.conf

    <VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerAdmin NameOfSomeone
     DocumentRoot /var/www
     ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/cm_error.log
     # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
     # alert, emerg.
     LogLevel warn
     CustomLog /var/log/apache2/cm_access.log combined
  3. Enable the site.
    sudo a2ensite convention_master
  4. Load the configuration into the Apache server.
     sudo systemctl reload apache2.service
  5. Test your Apache server to see if you have succeeded, by navigating to your IP address as configured in step 3.2. (Example:

    Seeing a “index of” or “It works!” or even a “Forbidden” message is good.