Access Apache Site Externally

Good night,

I setup Ubuntu 20.04 server, and installed LAMP stack and Wordpress for a site.

I can access the site internally (from another PC,phone,etc…) at the servers IP on port 80. Externally,, the site will not load. I am sure my port forwarding is correct as I host a few sites here at my house. I have several which work using IIS on Windows 10.

In this sites /etc/apache2/sites-available/jmcs.conf I have the following:

<VirtualHost *:80>
        #ServerName ##This is commented out at the moment, but I have tried using the domain name for both name/alias
        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
        DocumentRoot /var/www/jmcs
        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
        <Directory /var/www/jmcs/>
               AllowOverride All

In the ports.conf

Listen 80

<IfModule ssl_module>
        Listen 443

<IfModule mod_gnutls.c>
        Listen 443

UFW I am not too familiar with what may need to be opened, but I have it inactive at the moment. Status while active is:

Status: active

To                         Action      From
--                         ------      ----
22/tcp                     ALLOW       Anywhere
Apache                     ALLOW       Anywhere
22/tcp (v6)                ALLOW       Anywhere (v6)
Apache (v6)                ALLOW       Anywhere (v6)

On my Edge Router, using TCP, I forward from 8821 to port 80. I have tested going from 80 to 80 and it did not work. Also tired UDP, and both TCP/UDP for giggles.

Any assistance is much appreciated.


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Hi @Leavii,

That’s great! I’m glad you were able to resolve the issue!

Let me know how the tests go. Additionally, try and increase your apache workers, they might be filling up as well. This setting can be increased in the main apache configuration file(not the one with your domain information in it).

Hi @Leavii,

Have you symlinked the conf file in the sites-enabled folder as well?

Additionally, once you enable the ServerName directive in your configuration file with a valid domain and restart apache, you should be able to reach that domain on port 80. I’m not sure why you are trying to reach it on port 8821.