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Change Linux/Ubuntu Webserver home directory

This guide explains how to change the root directory of a Linux web server by changing the default directory from /var/www/html to a different one.

Create new home directory

sudo mkdir /home/user/MyWeb

Open Apache2 Config file

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf

Edit Apache2 Config file

<VirtualHost *:80>
#ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
DocumentRoot /home/user/MyWeb

<FilesMatch \.php$>
SetHandler "proxy:unix:/var/run/php/php8.1-fpm.sock|fcgi://localhost"

ErrorLog /error.log
CustomLog /access.log combined

Restart Apache2 Service

sudo service apache2 restart

Optional - Copy existing web files into new directory

sudo cp /var/www/* /home/user/MyWeb