Second virtual host not working


I try to set a second virtual host up on the same droplet. I have a LAMP stack.

The second virtual host points to the first site which I don’t want it to.

My /etc/apache2/sites-available/

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{SERVERNAME} [OR]
RewriteCond %{SERVERNAME}
RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVERNAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,NE,R=permanent]

My DNS records: A to IP, A to IP with www, 3 ns to Digital Ocean, AAAA to IP, AAAA to IP with www.

I have pointed my DNS from namecheap (my domain) to Digital Oceans nameservers.

Any help on how to get my second site up will be greatly appreciated, thanks!


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Bobby Iliev
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April 5, 2021
Accepted Answer

Hi there,

It looks like that you have an HTTP to HTTPS redirect defined in your Vhost, however, the domain name does not have a SSL certificate installed.

You would need to first remove these lines here:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{SERVERNAME} [OR]
RewriteCond %{SERVERNAME}
RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVERNAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,NE,R=permanent]

Then restart Apache:

sudo systemctl restart apache2

After that follow the steps from this tutorial here on how to install a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate:

After that during the installation certbot will ask you if you want to setup the redirect again.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby

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