[Simple Script] Set Up Virtual Hosts On Ubuntu


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Not sure if this would be of any use to people who do this day in and day out, but for me it saves a few minutes when setting up a new domain on a server.

Two files, one the script and one the blank template that is used to create the entry to sites-available.

Stick 'template' in /etc/apache2/sites-available:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName www.DOMAIN
ServerAlias DOMAIN
# Indexes + Directory Root.
DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.php
DocumentRoot /home/DOMAIN/htdocs/
# CGI Directory
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /home/DOMAIN/cgi-bin/
<Location /cgi-bin>
Options +ExecCGI
# Logfiles
ErrorLog /home/logs/DOMAIN-error.log
CustomLog /home/logs/DOMAIN-access.log combined

Stick the script '' anywhere you want:

echo "Domain name to set up: "
read domainname
cd /etc/apache2/sites-available
sed s/DOMAIN/$domainname/g template > $domainname
if [ ! -d "/home/logs" ]; then
        mkdir /home/logs
mkdir /home/$domainname
mkdir /home/$domainname/htdocs
mkdir /home/$domainname/cgi-bin
touch /home/$domainname/htdocs/index.html
chown -R www-data.www-data /home/$domainname
a2ensite $domainname
service apache2 restart

Like I said, its simple and is a starting point to get a domain up quickly. You can then add on whatever bits you need to after. In the script the group/user is set to www-data but set that to whatever you want.

Apologies if the code is a little suspect, I am new to bash scripting so playing and learning at the same time!