How do I add sub domain and make it point to a certain directory?

I want to add subdomain that point to /var/www/html/dev.

I currently have a main domain and my server is Debian 8.2 x64 running on LAMP. My apache configuration /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf which I think is correct file to check:

<VirtualHost *:80>

        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
        DocumentRoot /var/www/html

        <Directory /var/www/html>
                Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
                AllowOverride FileInfo
                Order allow,deny
                allow from all
        #LogLevel info ssl:warn

        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


# vim: syntax=apache ts=4 sw=4 sts=4 sr noet

It looks barehand because I removed almost all comments. Not sure where did that vim line come from. My site works, my domain points to /var/www/html. (Off-topic, i would like it to point to /var/www/ but if this is default, then it must be correct and common way)

Anyway I tried looking up how to add sub domain, found this reply on relevant thread but I don’t know if it’s okay to uncomment ServerName and set it as and change directory from var/www/html to var/www/html/dev because that’s what everyone is saying. It just doesn’t make sense to me. If I do that, then my main domain and main directory configuration will probably cease to function (my guess).

I also do not know what to type in droplet cpanel in domain settings to make this work. Advice on that will be very helpful.

Can you advise me how to add a subdomain and make it point to var/www/html/dev/ folder?

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  1. cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/
  2. edit the file /etc/apache2/sites-available/ and make the necessary changes to make it look like the following:
<VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot /var/www/dev

        <Directory /var/www/dev/>
            Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
            AllowOverride All
            Require all granted

        <files xmlrpc.php>
            order allow,deny
            deny from all

        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

Note: As mentioned in my previous comment, use same level directory instead of subdirectory, i.e, /var/www/dev and /var/www/html.
3) a2ensite 4) service apache2 reload 5) create the directory /var/www/dev and add a sample index.html file with appropriate ownership and permissions for use with apache. 6) Test on the server using wget or curl for both and

Hope that works for you.