This post will show how I created subdomains on my Linode box with Nginx. Although I’m using Linode and Nginx as a reference, I assume this could be generalized with other types of domains and web servers. Take a look at one my subdomains at https://doc1.minh.io. Listed below are the steps I took to get that to work:
1. Log into Linode and add an A/AAAA record
- Log into the Linode Manager
- Under A/AAAA Records, take note of the hostname IP address and click Add a new A record
- Set the IP address, TTL, and hostname to be the subdomain name:
One issue I encountered was that my Domain Zone was “www.minh.io” when I needed it to be “minh.io” so I cloned “www.minh.io” to “minh.io” and deleted “www.minh.io.” This solved an issue where I couldn’t access “minh.io” and also my subdomain was “dev.www.minh.io” when it should’ve just been “dev.minh.io”
Also keep in mind that it takes a couple of minutes for the subdomain DNS changes to propagate across the internet. I initially had some trouble figuring this out and kept trying new changes until eventualy I saw the subdomain.
2. Update the Nginx server configuration
It depends on how your nginx is set up, but typically Nginx is installed to /etc/nginx/ and the Nginx configuration in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf usually has ‘include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/*;’
So, if you have server configuration like “mysite.io” in /etc/nginx/sites-enabled then you could modify it like the following example:
Lastly, don’t forget to restart Nginx (service nginx restart) and you should see the subdomain after ~30 minutes.