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Cannot start and configure Nginx reverse proxy due to running Apache

I installed a wordpress droplet. It’s using an Apache server on Ubuntu 18.04.

My app only uses wordpress for the dashboard and API. I have a nextjs node/react app running with server-side rendering to display the actual website.

So, I’m following the tutorial on configuring the nodejs app: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-a-node-js-application-for-production-on-ubuntu-18-04

Therefore, I was trying to set up the reverse proxy with Nginx. However, Nginx servise is inactive (dead), and I cannot start it. Looks like this is because I have Apache running at the same time.

What should I do in this case?

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What I can think up is that Apache in binding to the port 80 (as default) and when nginx tries to do the same it fails, as two apps can’t bind to the same port.

I think the easier solution, would be to change Apache’s port, and have nginx with it reverse proxy redirect the WordPress traffic to Apache new port.