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403 error for one of my server blocks

January 11, 2014 11:04PM

I installed nginx on an ubuntu server and then followed this tutorial (which I'll quote from) to setup server blocks https://digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-configure-single-and-multiple-wordpress-site-settings-with-nginx .(I don't do any of the WordPress config in that article). It uses a common.conf that the server blocks inherit from.

In one of my server blocks, I setup a basic index.html page and set my domain name for the server name in the server block file.

In the directory for my other server block, I setup a node app. That's the one where I'm getting the 403 error.

Anyone know why this might be happening and how I might debug and/or fix it?

server block

server {
# URL: Correct way to redirect URL's
server_name demo.com;
rewrite ^/(.*)$ http://www.demo.com/$1 permanent;
server {
server_name www.demo.com;
root /home/demouser/sitedir;
access_log /var/log/nginx/www.demo.com.access.log;
error_log /var/log/nginx/www.demo.com.error.log;
include global/common.conf;


# Global configuration file.
# ESSENTIAL : Configure Nginx Listening Port
listen 80;
# ESSENTIAL : Default file to serve. If the first file isn't found,
index index.php index.html index.htm;
# ESSENTIAL : no favicon logs
location = /favicon.ico {
log_not_found off;
access_log off;
# ESSENTIAL : robots.txt
location = /robots.txt {
allow all;
log_not_found off;
access_log off;
# ESSENTIAL : Configure 404 Pages
error_page 404 /404.html;
# ESSENTIAL : Configure 50x Pages
error_page 500 502 503 504 /50x.html;
location = /50x.html {
root /usr/share/nginx/www;
# SECURITY : Deny all attempts to access hidden files .abcde
location ~ /\. {
deny all;
# PERFORMANCE : Set expires headers for static files and turn off logging.
location ~* ^.+\.(js|css|swf|xml|txt|ogg|ogv|svg|svgz|eot|otf|woff|mp4|ttf|rss|atom|jpg|jpeg|gif|png|ico|zip|tgz|gz|rar|bz2|doc|xls|exe|ppt|tar|mid|midi|wav|bmp|rtf)$ {
access_log off; log_not_found off; expires 30d;
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403 error for one of my server blocks

nginxmike January 11, 2014 11:04PM

Re: 403 error for one of my server blocks

Francis Daly January 12, 2014 04:46AM

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