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WWDW Part II : Creating A New Site

Previously on WWDW

You set up a new server as shown in the previous post, now you have to add a new site to your server. You can have as many sites as you want at your server, just keep in mind the power of the server (memory, CPU, RAM etc.).

How to create a new site

To create a website on your server, you should create a folder for your website first. You can do that with simple command

sudo mkdir /var/www/{sitename}

After creating a new folder, you should set a correct permissions to the folder. This is extremly important step because if permissions are not set correctly rocketeer will not work (due to a lack of permissions). You should execute the following commands to set the right permissions

sudo chown -R root /var/www/{sitename}
sudo chgrp -R www-data /var/www/{sitename}
sudo chmod -R 775 /var/www/{sitename}
sudo chmod g+s /var/www/{sitename}

Now you’ll have to configure apache vhost to register your newly created site in the apache config. The simplest way to do that is by copying and modifying the default config. This order will copy the apache default config into your new config

sudo cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/{sitename}.conf

Now you copied the default config and you have to edit it.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/{sitename}.conf

This config file should look like this

<VirtualHost *:80>
    # email of server admin
    ServerAdmin your@email.com
    # main name for your server. your domain without the www
    ServerName your.domain
    # aliases for your server, most common is domain with www
    ServerAlias www.your.domain
    # path to your root folder
    DocumentRoot /var/www/{site_root_folder}
    # something something
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

    <Directory /var/www/{site_root_folder}/>;
        AllowOverride FileInfo Options
        php_admin_flag save_mode off

If everything worked fine, add the new site to apache running the following command

sudo a2ensite your.domain.conf

Finally, restart the apache to make things work 🙂

sudo service apache2 restart

A piece of advice

Windows hosts

If you don’t have the domain yet, you can access your site by modifying hosts file (found in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc) and adding this line to it

{your_server_ip_address}    {sitename}

Sitename in the hosts record must be the same as the server name (or server alias) that you wrote at the site apache config (lines 6 and/or 9)

I see default apache page


If you see the default apache page then something is wrong in your apache site config file (/etc/apache2/sites-avalible/{sitename}.conf). Check the lines 13 and 18 to see if you entered site’s root directory correctly

What next?

At this point you successfully set up your server, and added a new site to it. Now you have to install and configure WordPress and rocketeer to make the deployment process easy. This is described in the next blog post: Rocketeer Configuration


This blog post is a part of Windows WordPress Development Workflow (WWDW) blog posts’ series. All blog posts in the series are:

  1. WWDW Part I : Server Configuration
  2. WWDW Part II : Create A New Site
  3. WWDW Part III : Rocketeer
  4. WWDW Part IV : Enterwell’s way


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