Set Default Website For Apache2 if IP address is typed

I want my one of my websites in the virtualhosts configured apache2 (LAMP) droplet. So if anyone types x.x.x.x IP in their browser this ‘default’ website is displayed.

How can one configure this behavior?

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September 10, 2020
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Hi all,

In Ubuntu, if you want to make A website load when the droplet’s IP address is loaded in your browser https://XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX there are a couple of steps that need to be followed.

The change you need to implement is to your default configuration file. This file can be found in directory - /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/

Once you are in there, open the file 000-default.conf. In it, find the line that says

DocumentRoot /var/www/html

And change it to your domain’s root directory.

Let’s say your domain is Usually, your DocumentRoot is configured to be in /var/www/ or /var/www/html/ Set the DocumentRoot to the path. If you are uncertain about the DocumentRoot, you can check it from your domain’s configuration file again found in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/.

Once the change has been done to /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf don’t forget to restart apache

service apache2 restart

Regards, KFSys

I have the same problem and the solution is: config your default site in 000-default.conf, and enable it, restart the apache2. Then the default site will be opened if you typed the IP address.

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In your file “/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf” add a virtualhost and setup a landing page in your directory “/var/www/html/defaultsite”

NameVirtualHost :80 <VirtualHost default:> DocumentRoot /var/www/html/defaultsite </VirtualHost>