A question asked many times and yet I didn't find an answer that helped me.

I have an Apache Server running under Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (yes I need to update).

I have a webpage in /var/www/website/index.html

I have set the Domain Forward at my providers to

I have a .htaccess file in /home/website/ which reads

<Files ~ "^\.(htaccess|htpasswd)$">
deny from all
Options Indexes
DirectoryIndex index.html       
order deny,allow

I have added a
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
into my /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

When trying to visit the site, I get the error The requested URL /website/index.html was not found on this server.

This is the first time I'm doing something like this and I'm completely at loss... Why can't I visit my Page?

UPDATE: I now set up everything as in https://debian-administration.org/article/412/Hosting_multiple_websites_with_Apache2

Now I get the error that my browser can't get a connection to the server?

UPDATE2: I now have an error.log file in my website's directory saying [Wed Dec 07 08:23:10 2016] [error] (2)No such file or directory: could not open transfer log file /home/www/website/logs/access.log.

  • @Terrance There is no 000-default.conf... only a 000-default and there is DocumentRoot /var/www Hm I think thats not right, right?
    – Fl.pf.
    Dec 6, 2016 at 18:37
  • @Terrance ok, but that kind of means that I only can run one website per server?
    – Fl.pf.
    Dec 6, 2016 at 18:39
  • @Terrance It didnt help either... :D
    – Fl.pf.
    Dec 6, 2016 at 18:41
  • @Terrance permissions are alright. Could it be my SSL certificates? They could be quite old... How would I check that and/or update them?
    – Fl.pf.
    Dec 6, 2016 at 18:52
  • Here's info for multiple websites: debian-administration.org/article/412/…
    – Terrance
    Dec 6, 2016 at 19:01

1 Answer 1


On ubuntu enabling module rewrite by running sudo a2enmod rewrite and then retart apache2 service with service apache2 restart will solve your problem

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    uh, a necromancer! Thank you for that, I will definitely try that out. At the moment, I run the websites with my Raspberry since they are still not in a shape to go online (where is all my time going??)...
    – Fl.pf.
    Nov 15, 2017 at 11:20
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    Thanks bilal you saved my life
    – Ajay saini
    Jul 28, 2020 at 21:31

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