Set up Ghost on subdomain specific coniguration

Posted December 31, 2020 569 views

I’m hosting a Rails application, personal site and personal blog on the same droplet. Whenever I go to I get the Rails site rather than the Ghost blog.

There are a few posts already detailing Ghost on subdomains with Nginx server blocks but I haven’t had much success and I think it may be because of the nature of my setup.

I’m running a Rails application with passenger, it works and everything is fine there.
The DNS records for my personal site are Digital Ocean but the site itself is So has a CNAME of

Now I am trying to set up a Ghost blog on

I have an A record for a blog that points to my droplet’s IP. I have a server block (the one that Ghost creates for you). But whenever I go to I get my Rails application mentioned above.

I’m wondering if this is an Nginx issue, a DNS issue or something else I’m missing.

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Hi @tfantinaStarfish,

The way you’ve described it, I can confirm this is not a DNS issue but an Nginx one. Most probably somewhere in the config file something is missing and thus redirecting you to your main website. Can you please provide us with the Nginx configuration file for so that I can see if everything has been configured properly?


  • Hey, thanks for the response @KFSys. I have two server blocks in sites-available linked in sites-enabled at the moment:

    This is my server block for the rails_site (the one that works but is also where my subdomain is pointing).

    server {
        listen 80 default_server;
        listen 443 ssl;
        if ($scheme != "https") {
            return 301$request_uri;
        if ($host = {
            return 301$request_uri;
            root /srv/rails_site/current/public;
            passenger_enabled on;
            passenger_app_env production;
            passenger_force_max_concurrent_requests_per_process 0;
            client_max_body_size 40m;
            location ~ ^/(assets|packs) {
                    expires max;
                    gzip_static on;
       # certbot stuff (paths modified when posted here)
        ssl_certificate path/fullchain.pem; # managed by Certbot
        ssl_certificate_key privkey.pem; # managed by Certbot

    The second was generated by Ghost when I installed it on the server:

    server {
        listen 80;
        listen [::]:80;
        root /srv/blog/system/nginx-root; # Used for SSL verification (
        location / {
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
            proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
            proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
            proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        location ~ /.well-known {
            allow all;
        client_max_body_size 50m;

As it turns out it was an issue with my certificate, I was not aware that a misconfigured certificate would cause a redirect to the default server but this was the case. I used the default certificate that the Ghost install gives you the option of creating but for whatever reason, it did not work. I ran a certbot –nginx for the subdomain and everything started working!