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How to host another page in digital ocean (nginx), with SSL for free (the easy way)

ravehunter05 profile image Francisco Paul Sotelo Rocha ・2 min read

1) Create a folder for every web page in /var/www

To go to /var/www you got to write these lines:
cd ..
cd var/www

In my case i have a folder named html, inside of html y have 3 folders for three different websites i'm hosting, and an index.html that comes for default with nginx

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2) Locate the index.html of your project

Yes index with lowercase, not UPPERCASE or something like that, this thing is case sensitive..., in my case my index.html is right here:

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you can see the route by writing pwd and then press enter

3) Copy the route

Just copy the route you obtained with pwd

4) Go to sites-available

cd ..
cd etc/nginx/sites-available

right here for default you have a file named default

5) Modify default

you got to modify the file named default, so write this:
vim default
(i use vim, i don't like nano, i'm kind of rebel, don't judge me)

6) Add server block:

right here you're gonna see something like this:

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so, after the first


write something like this:

listen 80;
listen [::] 80;

example (example is just an example, right here you need to write your domain)

root /var/www/ (another example, here you need to add the route you just copied with pwd in the 3rd part of this thing)

index index.html (yes, i told you, don't use Index.html, or something like that, that's gonna crash your site)

location / {
try_files $uri $uri =404;
} (for prevent errors)

7) Get out of vim

it's not that hard, just press scape, then write :x!, to save the changes you just made

8) Test

Try, that's the way of the jedi (or maybe the way of the sith, you just test it)

sudo nginx -t

you should see something like this in the case you don't have any mistake

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9) Install CERTBOT

In the case you don't have certbot you shall install it, this is a guide for install it:

10) Add SSL to your webpage

sudo certbot --nginx -d -d (again, example is only an example, this is the name of your the name)
this domain should be the same domain you wrote in the block you just wrote, then press 2 because you don't want people in your website not using HTTPS.

And that's all!! Hope it can be usefull

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