Your Webhosting Questions
Answered by the Webhosting Experts

How do I use a custom VirtualHost template?

If you wish to change the setup of the VirtualHosts for all domains, you can do so by creating your own custom templates.

cd /usr/local/directadmin/data/templates
cp virtual_host*.conf custom
cd custom

Once you’ve copied the 4 VirtualHost files (or just the ones you want) to the custom directory, you can then edit the new files you’ve just copied. DirectAdmin will always check for the custom file before going to the default ones. Failure to copy the virtual_host*.conf files to the custom directory before modifying them will result in a loss of all changes when DirectAdmin updates itself (the files are overwritten)

Inside the virtual_host*.conf files, you’ll find code that is similar to httpd.conf code, but contains what are known as tokens. These tokens are what will be replaces with specific user data for each domain created.

Available tokens
DOMAIN the name of the domain. eg:
IP the IP address associated with that domain. eg:
HOME The users home directory. eg: /home/gary
ADMIN The email address of the server admin. [email protected]
HOSTNAME The hostname of the server. eg:
SAFE_MODE ON or OFF if php safe_mode is enabled or not
PHP ON or OFF if php is enabled or not
CGI The whole httpd.conf line used to add the Script-Alias
HANDLERS httpd.conf code holding all apache handlers
MIMETYPE httpd.conf code holding all apache mime types
USER the username
GROUP the users group name (99% of the time, it’s the same as the USER)
DOCROOT The DocumentRoot of the VirtualHost. This is the path that apache will use to access the data when the ServerName ( is requested
SUB for the virtual_host_*sub.conf file, the subdomain name. eg: sub
CUSTOM custom httpd.conf code to be inserted if the file exists. (See Adding custom httpd.conf code the VirtualHost of one domain)
CAROOT The whole httpd.conf line used to load in the SSLCACertificateFile directive
CERT The path of the certificate to be used for the domain
KEY The path of the certificate to be used for the domain

The top of the templates should contain |?CGI=…| and |?DOCROOT=…|. These lines are where the data for the CGI and DOCROOT tokens are set. If cgi is not enabled, this line wil be ignored and the CGI token will be empty. If the domain is suspended, the DOCROOT will be filled the the path of the suspend page. The CAROOT token will be empty unless the User has added a valid CARootCertificate through DA.

You can use tokens when assigning a value to CGI or DOCROOT, just use `TOKEN` instead of |TOKEN|.

Once you are happy with your new virtual_host*.conf files they’ll need to be used in the real httpd.conf files. You can trigger DirectAdmin to rewrite all User httpd.conf files by running:

echo “action=rewrite&value=httpd” >> /usr/local/directadmin/data/task.queue
The command will be added the the task queue which is checked once per minute, so it may be a few minutes before all httpd.conf files have been rewritten. *Note: the main /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf is never overwritten (unless DirectAdmin is reinstalled) so any changes you make will be safe.

Need More Personalized Help?

If you have any further issues, questions, or would like some assistance checking on this or anything else, please reach out to us from your account and provide your server credentials within the encrypted field for the best possible security and support.

If you are unable to reach your account or if you are on the go, please reach out from your valid account email to us here at: [email protected]. We are also available to you through our phone and live chat system 24/7/365.

Tags +