This is exactly what I have set up right now:

cd /var/www
mkdir -p test
cd /var/www/test
sudo nano index.html
cd /etc/apache2/sites-available
sudo nano test.conf
<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName localhost223.com
    DocumentRoot /var/www/test
$sudo a2ensite test.conf
$sudo service apache2 reload

I can access my page like this:file:///var/www/test/index.html in web browser.


But I cannot do access: http://localhost223.com

I get the error: Could not resolve host

How to resolve this issue?

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    Did you put localhost223.com in the /etc/hosts file? – George Udosen Aug 23 '17 at 20:56
  • I shouldn't need to but I will try that aswell, I have tried localhost223.com but that just returns the default apache page. – DR. Palson_PH.d Aug 23 '17 at 21:50
  • @George just did " localhost223.com" in /etc/hosts file. Did nothing but return the default localhost page. – DR. Palson_PH.d Aug 23 '17 at 21:54

As @George said, while there is no FQDN that points to your server's IP, you need to bind the domain name with the loopback interface -, through the next line in the /etc/hosts file: localhost223.com

Then edit /etc/apache2/sites-available/test.conf in this way:

<VirtualHost *:80>

        ServerName localhost223.com
        DocumentRoot /var/www/test

        <Directory /var/www/test>
                Options None FollowSymLinks
                # Enable .htaccess Overrides:
                AllowOverride All
                DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
                Order allow,deny
                Allow from all
                Require all granted


Don't forgot to sudo a2ensite test.conf, then restart the web server:

  • Ubuntu 14.04: sudo service apache2 restart

  • Ubuntu 16.04: sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Try to access your page through the browser.

  • U don't know how long I have been trying to get this to work! Thank you! Finally it works! – DR. Palson_PH.d Aug 24 '17 at 20:14
  • Happy to help, @DR.Palson_PH.d! – pa4080 Aug 24 '17 at 21:00
  • This works for me when I have access localhost223.com in my ubuntu VM using a web browser. But when I access localhost223.com on my windows machine (I use port forwarding to access) it does not work. I can access localhost fine from outside my VM using port forwarding, but I get server not found error when I try localhost223.com. Any ideas? – DR. Palson_PH.d Sep 1 '17 at 19:40
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    @DR.Palson_PH.d : Yes I have an idea :) You should add this line: <ubuntu-virtual-lan-ip> localhost223.com into your c:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file. For more detailed answer, please, check here. – pa4080 Sep 1 '17 at 21:58
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    And maybe this answer is also good example. – pa4080 Sep 1 '17 at 22:06

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