Installed LetsEncrypt to get SSL and now my website is not reachable

I am following this tutorial and after I followed the steps and went to my website it was gone. I tried to log into the WordPress admin panel and the webpage and got a 403 error. I realized I forgot to add (the .com part) so I repeated the steps. Now I get “Success! The your_domain virtual host is working!” when I go to, instead of my wordpress site I built. What happened to my website!?

I don’t know what to do help would be really appreciated.


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Hi there @vinnyp96,

Can you share the content of your Apache virtual host? To do that you could first find the file with the following command

  1. ls -lah /etc/apache2/sites-enabled

There you should see 2 files associated with your domain name, one for your SSL Vhost and one for the non-SSL Vhost.

Then use the cat command to display the content:

  1. sudo cat /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/your-domain.conf

Feel free to share the output here.

Also please check your Apache error log with the following command:

  1. sudo tail -100 /var/log/apache2/error.log

Regards, Bobby

To add one going to all I see is “Success! The your_domain virtual host is working!”

Before I tried adding SSL and did all these steps, going to http://IP-address/wp-admin/ resulted in a WordPress login page and then I could edit my website. Now I get:

Not Found

The requested URL was not found on this server.

Apache/2.4.29 (Ubuntu) Server at <DOMAIN>.com Port 443

Hi @bobbyiliev,

root@XXX:~# sudo cat /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/<DOMAIN>.com-le-ssl.conf 
<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
<VirtualHost *:443>
	ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost    
	ServerName <DOMAIN>.com    
	ServerAlias www.<DOMAIN>.com    
	DocumentRoot /var/www/<DOMAIN>.com    
	ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log    
	CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

Include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-apache.conf
SSLCertificateFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/<DOMAIN>.com/fullchain.pem
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/<DOMAIN>.com/privkey.pem

Also to add on: going to www.<domain>.com I get:

Success! The your_domain virtual host is working!

Going to http://<IP>/wp-admin/ I used to be able to login to Wordpress and edit my site, now I get:

Not Found

The requested URL was not found on this server.

Apache/2.4.29 (Ubuntu) Server at <DOMAIN>.com Port 443

Hi @bobbyiliev I appreciate your help!

output to ls -lah /etc/apache2/sites-enabled:

xxx@xxx:~$ ls -lah /etc/apache2/sites-enabled
total 12K
drwxr-xr-x 2 www-data www-data 4.0K Jul 18 03:40 .
drwxrwxr-x 8 www-data www-data 4.0K Jul 19 20:52 ..
-rw-rw-r-- 1 www-data www-data  523 May 25 19:43 000-default.conf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root     root       54 Jul 18 03:11 <DOMAIN_NAME_HERE>.com-le-ssl.conf -> /etc/apache2/sites-available/<DOMAIN_NAME_HERE>-le-ssl.conf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root     root       41 Jul 18 03:40 <DOMAIN_NAME_HERE>.com.conf -> ../sites-available/<DOMAIN_NAME_HERE>.com.conf

output for sudo cat /etc/apache2/sites/enabled/your-domain.conf: -there was no sites/ so went into sites-enabled/

root@XXX:/etc/apache2/sites-enabled# cat <DOMAIN_NAME_HERE>.com.conf 
<VirtualHost *:80>    
	ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost    
	ServerName <DOMAIN_NAME>.com    
	ServerAlias www.<DOMAIN_NAME>.com    
	DocumentRoot /var/www/<DOMAIN_NAME>.com    
	ErrorLog ${apache_log_dir}/error.log
	CustomLog ${apache_log_dir}/access.log combined

error.log was empty.