Website uploaded to any folders other than var/www/html does not work

Hi there,

I am new to DO and trying to upload my website to my Droplet.

I uploaded my website to root/srv/www/mywebsite/ and modified a file called: etc/nginx//sites-available/default to use the folder I just created

So I removed

root /var/www/html;


root /srv/www/mywebsite;

then I restart my nginx server, by using the following commands:

sudo service nginx restart
sudo systemctl reload nginx

But none of them worked.

Only when I changed back to use the /var/www/html inside default file, then the server starts to work.

Please help!

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I’d have to know the error that Nginx is logging to know for sure, but I suspect that permissions may be related. Try this:

chown -R www-data. /srv

Then change the document root back, restart Nginx, see if you get a better result.