How do I add webpage to apache2 after setting up Nextcloud linode?

I am having trouble finding information on how to properly modify an existing Apache2 install.

I just setup a Nextcloud linode and I have it setup with a subdomain, and it's using let's encrypt.

I would like to setup the apache2 install to also serve a webpage (not nextcloud) to the www domain and also use let's encrypt.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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The same way you set up any other site on apache2… The existence of NextCloud does not change the laws of physics in apache-world.

You don't say which distro you're using. Here's how I would do it on Debian or Ubuntu (Debian's downstream child)…

  1. Create a file in /etc/apache2/sites-available…call it mysite.conf.

  2. Put the following content in mysite.conf:

<VirtualHost _default_:443>

    # Admin email, Server Name (domain name), and any aliases
    ServerAdmin   # this is optional
    ServerName            # this is optional
    ServerSignature Off                # this is optional

    Include /the/path/to/letsencrypt/options-ssl-apache.conf

    SSLCertificateFile /the/path/to/letsencrypt/live/
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /the/path/to/letsencrypt/live/ 
    SSLCACertificateFile /the/path/to/letsencrypt/live/

    # Index file and Document Root (where the public files are located)
    DirectoryIndex index.html
    DocumentRoot /the/path/to/your/site         # does NOT have to be under /var/www!

    Alias "/some/url" "/the/path/to/your/site"  # does NOT have to be under /var/www!

    <Directory /the/path/to/your/site>          # does NOT have to be under /var/www!
        SSLOptions +StdEnvVars
        AllowOverride None             # disables .htaccess (consult the docs)
        Options -Indexes
        Require all granted

  1. Create a file called /the/path/to/your/site/index.html with the following content:
  <h1>Hello World!</h1>
  1. Enable your site: sudo a2ensite mysite. Fix any errors. Rinse. Repeat.

  2. Restart your server: sudo systemctl restart apache2. Fix any errors. Rinse. Repeat.

  3. Navigate to . You should see the words "Hello World!" as a first-level heading.

This is just a basic guide and there are probably errors. Obviously, I've left out a lot of the details here…especially about correct file ownership and permissions. You'll have to figure this out by yourself. Generally, everything should be owned by www-data:www-data and have permissions of at least 0644 (-rw-r--r--).

Here's the apache2 documentation:

Have fun!

-- sw


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