Virtual host for subdomain doesn't work

Posted March 4, 2019 2.9k views
ApacheUbuntu 18.04

Hello everyone. :)
I’m a little puzzled right now. I’ve tried to setup a Virtual host for my subdomain “”. Because I need it for community software, as WordPress is already served by my main domain “”.

So I’ve followed this tutorial :

Required folder is created in var/www, with the same name as the subdomain. (

When needed, I’ve created a new conf file in etc/apache2/sites-available :

code<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/
<Directory "/var/www/">
AllowOverride All
ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log

I think the setup is correctly done, but when I try to access the Public folder of my forum CMS with my browser, (, I got a redirection on my main WordPress page. The same when I just try to reach the root of my subdomain.

Apache2 rebooted and Virtual host enabled with a2ensite prompt.

DNS A record for subdomain is registered. (And actually works fine.)

Droplet was created with a Wordpress image already preinstalled.

So I wonder where is the potential issue ? Thanks ! :)

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Your rewrite logic for (/var/www/.htaccess) is likely not checking if the actual subpage/subfolder you’re browsing ( or even is a real directory. So add this at the top of your mod_rewrite rules if you don’t have it:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d

This way WordPress doesn’t think it needs to send that request to index.php.


  • Thanks ! :)
    I’ll try your solution as soon Apache finally stops to struggle with me. Nothing special : I’ve just added an IP grant in PhpMyAdmin conf file, and now it doesn’t want to run, even after backup the original file.

    The mysteries of LAMP configurations. x)