I have an EC2 Ubuntu Instance that I have Apache2 installed on (along with php, mysql, mycrypt for a Laravel project). I have set up the correct nameservers, and www.example.com is coming up online. However, example.com (without www.) is not working.

I know I have to change something with the vhost, but I am not sure how to do it with the Debian version of Apache2 on the Ubuntu instance.

What file do I edit to do this, and what edit do I have to make?

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It depends how your domain is configured. If it is in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default or (example.com in same directory) file, then edit that file. Otherwise it will be in /etc/apache2/apache2.conf file.

Find ServerName domain.com directive and add this line below that:

ServerAlias www.example.com

This will make alias also work for same domain. For these settings to make effect you will need to restart apache2 by using this command as root:

$ service apache2 restart

I would also suggest placing .htaccess file so it actually redirects www.example.com to example.com instead of displaying both sites under separate domains. This is also useful for SEO. In your docroot place this in .htaccess:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L]
  • Ok, the only file I'm seeing in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled is 000-default.conf. And I'm not seeing a conf directory in /etc/apache2/ . I am only seeing conf-available and conf-enabled. I found apache2.conf file in the /etc/apache2 directory, but it does not have a line "SeverName domain.com". Any ideas? Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 20:22
  • check 000-default.conf file. If that one does not have configuration for domain.com then it will be /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
    – ek9
    Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 20:31
  • There's this commented out in that file: #ServerName www.example.com Should I uncomment this? And then add another line ServerName example.com Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 20:33
  • I added: ServerName www.domain.com ServerAlias domain.com Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 22:29
  • And it is still not working for domain.com Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 22:31

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