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How to prohibit direct access to my site with ip?

I have purchased a digital ocean droplet running Apache and have linked it with a domain example.com. Currently in some 11 digit IP address after type in the browser like 137.152.33.173 I can view the website and so can the public. My droplet is running on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. How would I go about only allowing access when typed in example.com and www.example.com but just make the browser keep on trying but be unable to access directly using the IP address? Thank you.

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Hi there,

What I could suggest is adding a Vhost for your website as described here:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-apache-virtual-hosts-on-ubuntu-16-04

After that in your default Vhost, change the document root so that it does not match the document root of your site.

For example:

  • In your websites Vhost set the document root to /var/www/yourdomain.com and put your website files there

  • And in your default Vhost set the document root to: /var/www/html and put the default Apache index.html file there

That way if someone visits your domain name they would get the content from /var/www/yourdomain.com and if someone visits your IP they would just get the Apache default page from /var/www/html.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby