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The $ should NOT be included. It is simply a way to denote that these commands aren't run as root (#).

To paste commands, copy them from here and middle-click in the terminal to paste them.

  1. Disable default vhost: $ sudo a2dissite default
  2. Navigate back to home directory: $ cd
  3. Create directory for websites: $ mkdir public
    • Skip this stage if you've already set up one website
  4. Create directories for your website: $ mkdir -p public/yourdomain.com/{public,log,backup}
  5. Fix file permissions: $ sudo chmod a+rx ~ ; sudo chmod -R a+rx ~/public
  6. Create configuration file for your domain: $ sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/yourdomain.com.conf
    1. You can use this example config: http://ecks.biz/misc/defaultapacheconfig
    2. Select the entire config file, copy, then paste it into the nano window by middle-clicking in the terminal.
    3. Replace all instances of yourdomain.com with your domain and all instances of username with your system username.
    4. Save by hitting Ctrl + X, then Y, then Enter
  7. Create a symbolic link to help Apache find your website: $ sudo a2ensite yourdomain.com.conf
  8. Reload Apache: $ sudo service apache2 restart