How to Create an Apache 2 Virtual Host on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty LTS Quick-Start Guide

June 16, 2014 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

Ubuntu Apache 2 Virtual Host Quick Start

You are Welcome! The Tutorial shows you Step-by-Step How to Getting-Started with Apache 2 Virtual Host on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr LTS Linux Server/Desktop.

And the term Virtual Host refers to the Practice of Running more than One Website (such as and on a Single Machine.

Virtual Hosts can be:

  • Name-based“, meaning that you have Multiple Names running on each IP address
  • IP-based“, meaning that you have a Different IP Address for Every Website

The fact that they are Running on the Same Physical Server is Not Apparent to the End User.

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  1. Login into Server Shell.

    Or Open a Command Line Terminal Window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)


    Open Terminal
  2. Add the Domain to the hosts Config File.

    sudo su

    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then see: How to Enable sudo

    nano /etc/hosts

    Append: []

    Only Substitute Your real Domain Name to “[]” :)
    Ctrl+Shift+v to Paste Content on nano
    Ctrl+x to Save and Exit from nano Editor

  3. Create the VHost Target Directory.

    mkdir /var/www/html/[mySite]

    And may be also a Testing index.html:

    echo "My New WebSite is Working! :)" > /var/www/html/[mySite]/index.html

    Then Set the Domain’s Ownership with:

    chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/[mySite]
  4. Create a VHost Config File.

    nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/[myDomainName].conf

    Append at Least:

    <VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/[mySite]

    To get a little More Insight may look:

    cat /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf
  5. Enabling the New Virtual-Host.

    cd /etc/apache2/sites-enabled
    ln -s ../sites-available/[myDomainName].conf .
  6. Restart Apache2 Web Server.

    service apache2 restart
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