Problems installing Nginx on Ubuntu 18.04

Is seems that I having issues with the step 5. The server fails to restart after sudo nginx -t .

I tried reinstalling NGINX without completing “Step 5 – Setting Up Server Blocks (Recommended)”. I just copy pass my entire web server files in the HTML directory and it works just fine. Is Step 5 really necessary? Is their a better way than Step 5 because obviously this step is buggy and untested?

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Thanks for the reply! I managed to get it to work earlier. It was some typos I missed in the config file plus files aren’t in the correct location. Nginx won’t work if you didn’t follow the correct syntax.

Hello, @SephiaSky

I’ve followed the tutorial on a fresh droplet and everything went all good without any issues. Do you get any syntax errors when you check the Nginx configuration using the command you’ve mentioned:

sudo nginx -t

You can skip the part with the creation of the site’s files, e.g the HTML file for the index page and go and setup directly the server block:


server {
        listen 80;
        listen [::]:80;

        root /var/www/;
        index index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;


        location / {
                try_files $uri $uri/ =404;

then enable the file by creating the symlink

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

and then tweaking the nginx config file:


Let me know if you have any questions.

Regards, Alex