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

  • Posted December 29, 2014

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?


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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: