How to Deploy Multiple Apps from Separate Folders within User Home Directory?

Posted October 1, 2019 3.1k views

I’m attempting to host multiple applications (one node and one static–thus far) from my droplet. Therefore I would like to be able to have separate folders within my home directory (home/kev) for each–for example: home/kev/ and home/kev/ However, my node.js app only works if the server files are directly in home/kev and if I put them within a subfolder of kev, I get ‘Error: ENOENT: no such file or directory, stat ’/home/kev/server/public/index.html’ I need to be able to direct DO to the correct folder, but I’m not even sure how it know’s to look within kev in the first place, so debugging has been fruitless. I would love any help with this, thanks in advance!

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You would need to find out what web server you are using first. To do that, you could run this command:

sudo netstat -plant | grep 80

This would show you the service that is currently listening on port 80. I believe that it could be either Nginx or Apache.

If you are using Nginx, you could achieve what you are trying to do with Nginx server blocks. You can have a look at this article here on how to set that up:

If you are using Apache, then you could do the same with Apache Virtual Hosts. You can have a look at this article on how to set that up:

Hope that this helps!

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