Ghost and Wordpress on different subdomains on a single Droplet

I have a domain and I want wordpress to run at and ghost to run at I have installed both wordpress and ghost (on 2368 as suggested in default). I have a zone file of

$TTL 1800 IN SOA 1462332598 10800 3600 604800 1800 1800 IN NS 1800 IN NS 1800 IN NS 1800 IN A 1800 IN AAAA 2400:6180:0:d0::552:1 1800 IN CNAME 1800 IN CNAME```

and the NGINX config file server blocks as:

server {
        listen 80;
        root /var/www/wordpress;
        index index.php index.html index.htm;


        location /  {
                try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?q=$uri&$args;

        error_page 404 /404.html;
        error_page 500 502 503 504 /50x.html;

        location = /50x.html {
                root /usr/share/nginx/html;

        location ~ \.php$ {
                try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
                fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
                fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
                fastcgi_index index.php;
                fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
                include fastcgi_params;

server {
        listen 80 default_server;
        listen [::]:80 default_server ipv6only=on;

        location / {
                proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
                proxy_set_header Host      $http_host;

Now the problem being both and both resolve to the ghost installation. Why is this happening and how can I rectify it?


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It looks like that “” entry is wrapping back to itself.

But try this:

  1. Delete the CNAME entry.
  2. Add an A record named “wordpress” and pointing at the IP address of your droplet (
  3. Change the server_name directives in your Nginx configuration, take out the “http://”:



What’s happening is that Nginx can’t find a configuration for, so it defaults to and up pops Ghost. The “default_server” on the “listen” directive means exactly that - “use this one if you can’t find the one requested”.

Why do you want them on the same droplet? They are totally different server configurations. WordPress runs on PHP + Apache and Ghost on node.js + Nginx. Granted, you can do this, but why?

To answer your WordPress question: if this is a new installation and losing everything isn’t a problem, the easiest answer is just to start over and reinstall it on the subdomain. Otherwise it gets… tricky.

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