Virtual Host Configuration Files
Configuration settings of each virtual host are stored in its
configuration files in the
Particularly, these files are the following:
_httpd.conf- Apache virtual host configuration.
_nginx.conf- nginx configuration.
The final Apache configuration will include all
nginx.conf files from all virtual hosts.
Plesk lets administrators and domain owners see the history of changes
in a virtual host configuration files by saving each version of these
files. <version> here is a unique number assigned to a certain
configuration state that is used now or was used previously. To let
administrators and domain owners easily access the currently used
configuration file, Plesk stores the links
last_nginx.conf that point to the corresponding files.
The system re-generates the configuration files after each change of
virtual host configuration, for example, changing the hosting type of a
domain. Therefore, if you edit
manually, your changes will be lost after changing the virtual host
settings in the Plesk UI. To avoid this, additional files are used to
specify custom configuration for domains:
vhost_ssl.conf- custom Apache directives for two situations: when clients access the site over HTTP and HTTPS respectively. These files are included in the
vhost_nginx.conf- custom nginx directives. This file is included in the
The files with custom per-domain configuration are stored in the
Most of the settings specified in these files override the server-wide
configuration of a virtual host (
example, if you include directives that already exist in the site’s
httpd.conf file, the system will use your values from the
There are two ways to edit virtual host configuration files:
Manually. You can add custom directives to the following files from
In the Plesk GUI. On the Websites & Domains > select a website
> Web Server Settings tab you can specify:
Common Apache settings. Most commonly used directives (like
MIME types or index files). These directives will be included in
- nginx settings. Directives that define the scope of nginx’s role in serving website’s content of different types (static and dynamic).
Additional Apache directives. You can add several custom
Apache directives at once in the Additional directives for
HTTP and Additional directives for HTTPS fields. These
fields correspond to
Additional nginx directives. You can add several custom nginx
directives at once in the Additional nginx directives field.
This field corresponds to
- Common Apache settings. Most commonly used directives (like MIME types or index files). These directives will be included in
The changes you made in the web server configuration will be applied automatically.
Note: If you have upgraded from the older Plesk version and are configuring
vhost_ssl.conf files for the first time
after the upgrade, you will need to use the
httpdmng utility to
apply the changes from your configuration files. For example, to
generate web server configuration files for a website, run the
/usr/local/psa/admin/sbin/httpdmng --reconfigure-domain <domain_name>