Change root directory for a domain?

April 8, 2014 3k views
I have a development directory (/build) and a public directory (/public) how do I serve the public directory as the home? I don't want to have to do a re-direct or obviously serve the site on Any thoughts I can't find anything? P.S I am not using any stack, I don't think I need apache (even though I think it's installed already) or php. This is a node.js app and I think I may eventually run this on port 3000, and eventually need to figure out how to serve that on port 80 instead.
2 Answers
Hi Michael,

There are a number of ways that you can accomplish this. I'd suggest serving your site with Nginx. This article should set you on the right path:

If the node.js app is going to run on port 3000, your Nginx configuration could be as simple as:

server {
listen 80;


location / {
proxy_pass http://localhost:3000;
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;
by Christian Fei
This is our tutorial on hosting multiple Node.js apps on a single VPS with nginx, forever, and crontab.
Ah nice, I was just reading into that I came across this and I figured I probably need to be running on apache or nginx.

by Wouter ten Bosch
Here's how to install Laravel with Nginx on an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS VPS.
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