All vhosts redirecting to roo domain

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My domain is:
I ran this command:
It produced this output:
allowed me to choose which domain
My web server is (include version):
The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):
ubuntu 18.04
My hosting provider, if applicable, is:
digital ocean VPS
I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know):
I’m using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel):
The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you’re using Certbot): 0.31.0

I have two vhosts: (/var/www/html) (/var/www/staging)

vhost for WWW is
vhost for staging is

contents of www-conf:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html
ErrorLog {APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log CustomLog {APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

contents of staging-conf:
<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/staging
ErrorLog {APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log CustomLog {APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} [OR]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME}
RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,NE,R=permanent]

I run sudo certbot and 3 entries show up, the two vhosts and the root domain.
When I choose the www (and second, separate command choose staging) I have the option to redirect to HTTPS, I choose 2 for yes/redirect.
Everything redirects to the root domain. and I get a cert error in the browser.
Any thoughts?

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It seems like the redirect might be intended.
There’s no cert error for me… On or staging.

The issue you had for www is that you’ll need to get a certificate for both root and www, not one for root and one for www…

Sample command: sudo certbot --apache -d -d --expand this should expand the certificate for your root domain to cover both root and www

Thank you

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thanks. I didn’t know I could include two domains in one cert. I ran your command.
The staging site now seems to work (a single H1 tag while I figure this out) as intended but I still get cert errors on www (and still appears to redirect on a different machine that never saw the site).
I appreciate all your help!


Your www site is now working correctly in https (I mean, not having certificate error). I believe the redirection is set in certbot’s configuration, which you should find by name of le-options or something similar… Try to output all configuration files and see if there’s such redirection.
apache2ctl -S or apachectl -S

Find your www domain with the above command and locate https configuration, then you can modify the redirection.

Thank you

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Thank you so much for your expertise! I appreciate your help very much. The site is working perfectly now.


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