Can't get my basic page to load

I have come to a complete dead end on getting my app to run.

I was trying to use the following instructions:

I have tried two different apps in my droplet. The first one was a react app, so I was using ‘npm start’. Then, I put a more simple html app in, so ‘node app’ was sufficient.

In both cases, I was able to get my apps to work on localhost. “npm start”, “node app”, and then also things such as “pm2 start app” and “pm2 start npm – start” all worked. So, my app was spun up.

Also, my nginx appears to have at least started. When I goto <ip address>:<port number> or <domain name>.com from a browser on my machine, I get that standard “welcome to NGINX screen”.

When I ran the script “sudo nginx -t”, it said everything was fine.

I also allowed with “sudo ufw allow ‘Nginx Full’”."

my /etc/nginx/sites-available/default reads like:

server { listen 80;

server_name <domain name>.com;

location / {
    proxy_pass http://localhost:<port>;
    proxy_http_version 1.1;
    proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
    proxy_set_header Connection 'upgrade';
    proxy_set_header Host $host;
    proxy_cache_bypass $http_upgrade;


I have been through the instructions so many times, and I can’t see how I have not followed them to a ‘t’. Any suggestions on why I can’t see my page?

Show comments

Submit an answer
Answer a question...

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Accepted Answer

Hi @lvincek Did you remember to reload/restart Nginx after you made the changes? Because you should not be seeing the “Welcome to Nginx” with that configuration. Normally, it’s a good idea to test configuration, then reload/restart if no errors:

sudo service nginx configtest
sudo service nginx reload