Deploy my Node App served from my Droplet

Hello, I followed DigitalOcean’s (DO) instructions to deploy a simple “Hello World” app. Please keep in mind:

  1. I got it to work in my DO droplet (I see the rendered content:
  2. I understand it’s server.js code.
  3. I understand it’s sites_available >default code.
  4. I see another DO Community member asked this question, but there’s not solution.
  5. I want my node app to be served from my droplet. Not another service like:, or Hreoku The DO “Hello World” app (server.js) only renders text content. I want to use this script (server.js) to start my index.html of my Node app. Side note: my index.html contains links to app.bundle.js, app.css & an image folder. What code do I change/use (in the code, below) to start my Node (Webpack) app ?
http.createServer(function(request, response) {
response.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
response.end('Hello World on port 3001');
}).listen(3001, '999.999.99.999');```
Note: I've spent over 25 hours on this one aspect. 
    I've exhausted all resources I can think of. YouTube, DO, Google, ... 
Thank-you, Michael Rooney 
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@MLR Okay, but the title of your question is “Deploy my Node App served from my Droplet” - that was why I thought this was a Node problem. My bad. Supply your Nginx server block and let’s have a look at that. It should look like this:

server {
  listen 80;
  root /var/www/html;
  index index.html index.htm;
  location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
  location /myNodeApp {
    proxy_pass http://localhost:3001;
    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;

@MLR Starting a new thread, since it got too narrow.

  1. Find a small app and use that as your template. You need to have routes, and usually a folder called public where you place those things. But again, this goes into waaayyy too much coding, so I would probably recommend that you ask in a Node forum like StackOverflow:

  2. localhost is an alias of the IP The 999-IP, well I’m guessing that’s your masked public IP, is still “owned” by the server, but that means Node is publicly available on port 3001 (if the firewall is open). Using means that it’s only services on the server that can see those - and that’s what we want, because we want Nginx to see Node and serve the data to visitors.