Own domain set up with DNS, only see "Welcome to nginx!"

Posted May 2, 2017 8.8k views


I have deployed a Django app that is serving a REST API on Ubuntu 14.04 through Nginx. Everything works fine when I visit XX.XXX.XXX.XXX/example/api.json.

However, I have bought my own domain and followed the guide to connect it to my droplet, and I have some problems. When I go to I get the “Welcome to nginx” message, and if I go to, I get a 404 Not Found | nginx/1.4.6 (Ubuntu).

What have I done wrong, and how can I start to look for bugs?


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I solved it. I had to add the domain under the settings for nginx, where I previously had the IP. So if anyone else has this problem, type “sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/yourproject” and add the domain names after “servername” (probably both and


Just for reference, you’ll want to setup a server block for each domain that you point to the Droplet.

So if you have,, etc, you’ll want to setup a new file for each site like so:


Any configuration changes or additions requires that NGINX be reloaded or restarted:

service nginx reload
service nginx restart

or if you’re server is using systemctl:

systemctl reload nginx
systemctl restart nginx

If you run in to any issues, you can check the error log which should be located at:


You can tail the login to pull just a few lines from it – for example:

tail -20 /var/log/nginx/error.log

The above will pull the last 20 lines from the error log.