How can I have a non-Ghost subdomain with Nginx?

December 29, 2014 640 views

Currently I've a droplet with Ghost running on Ubuntu 14.04 and Nginx. I want to have a subdomain as well that is NOT Ghost but running on the same VPS; how would I go about doing this?

1 Answer

The Nginx configuration for Ghost using the One-Click app is located at /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ghost and looks like:

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

    server_name; # Replace with your domain

    root /usr/share/nginx/html;
    index index.html index.htm;

    client_max_body_size 10G;

    location / {
        proxy_pass http://localhost:2368;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
        proxy_buffering off;

In order to serve a separate site on a sub-domain from the same droplet, you'd need to set up another server block. The key is to set the the server_name so that Nginx knows where to direct the requests. For a basic site, you'd simply need to add something like:

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

    root /var/www/html/mysite;
    index index.html index.htm;


    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

Where root points to the directory containing your site.

For more info, check out the tutorial:

by Justin Ellingwood
Nginx is an incredibly powerful web server and reverse proxy. In this guide, we'll discuss how to set up server blocks on Ubuntu 14.04 in order to server multiple domains from a single server.
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