Virtual host not working for root domain

Posted October 21, 2015 7.8k views


I have created a droplet using the Ubuntu dist with LAMP installed, I also installed webmin to manage my virtual hosts.

The virtual host looks like so

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot “/var/www/mysite”
<Directory “/var/www/mysite”>
allow from all
AllowOverride All
Options +Indexes

I have also tried creating a vhost as ServerName and an alias of

I restart Apache after every change.

The DNS settings are correct but no matter which version of the vhost I use the website will not resolve the url and it just hits the default Apache (Ubuntu) page.

My knowledge of Apache is limited, can anyone advise of any config changes / issues that may cause or resolve this?

Many thanks


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Use a virtual host like this:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/mysite
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

This should work, if this doesnt work you can check the logs for any errors.
But I think your problem isn’t with the VHOST. If your domain doesn’t resolve but gives you an error page this is usually being caused by your DNS settings. If you want to manage your domain at DO make sure you setup the proper ns1,ns2,ns3 nameservers to Then create A/CNAME records to handle your site.