Ubuntu – Where to place the local website starting with the 2.4.7 version of apache2

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I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04, then I installed lamp-server and placed my webpages in /var/www directory, but when I opened localhost in the browser there was nothing.
I think that happened because Zend updated Apache.

Whatever the reason may be, I want to know where to keep my php files so that I can access them from my browser.

Best Answer

  • The apache2 version that was published when the Ubuntu 14.04 release was made is 2.4.7 and starting with this version it seems that, for security reasons, the new root directory for the server is:

    /var/www/html
    

    So, from now on, this is where you must place the files for your (local) website. You should not have this problem again with the future updates.


    Anyway, if you want to change this directory with another one, you have to modify (as root) the following line from /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf file (sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf):

    DocumentRoot /var/www/html
    

    to

    DocumentRoot /path/to/another/directory
    

    After this, for the new changes to take effect, you have to restart the apache server using the following command:

    sudo service apache2 restart
    
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