Nginx and sites

I installed nextcloud, jellyfin, a website, webmin and phpmyadmin all on my Ubuntu server.

Is it not better to just have the default nginx conf file to direct the request to the correct site?
I see there is the sites enabled folder.

Are there performance issues with 1 conf file for nginx?

Nginx supports virtual hosting. The main configuration file (/etc/nginx/nginx.conf) “includes” configuration files in /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ or /etc/nginx/conf.d/ folder.

Both /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ and /etc/nginx/conf.d/ can store configuration files for each virtual host, i.e, each domain name or sub-domain.

Naturally, you want to create separate files for each virtual host, and not put them all together in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf file. You can do it, but it becomes ugly when you have many virtual hosts, right?

Thanks for the clarification. I noticed that you have links in some of the nginx site enabled folder. Will read it again to see where I am being a noob
Thanks again

Allow me to explain this topic more clearly to help beginners understand it.

This is how virtual hosting in Nginx works.

In the Nginx main config file (/etc/nginx/nginx.conf), there’s an http { ... } block, which has the following two lines:

include /etc/nginx/conf.d/.conf;
include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

This means that the /etc/nginx/nginx.conf file will fetch the configurations stored under /etc/nginx/conf.d/ and /etc/ngixn/sites-enabled/ directories.

A virtual host file can reside in either /etc/nginx/conf.d/ or /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ directory. Actually, they can reside in any directory on the server, as long as there’s an include directive in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf file to fetch the configurations.

include /etc/nginx/what-ever-directory-name-you-want/;

A virtual host in Nginx starts with the server keyword.

server {
listen 80;



In every server {…} block, you use the server_name directive to designate the server name.


You can have another server {…} block with a server_name of


When Nginx receives an HTTP request, it checks the host header in the request and compares it with the server_name directives. If the host header looks like this:


Then Nginx will use the first server block (virtual host). If the host header looks like this:


Then Nginx will use the second server block.

So this is how virtual hosting in Nginx works. This is called named-based virtual hosting. All virtual hosts in Nginx can listen to the same public IP address.

There’s another type of virtual hosting called IP-based virtual hosting. Each virtual host listens to a different IP address. This is an old-fashion way to host multiple websites and rarely used now.


Very well explained!!!
Thank you very much!

Thanks! Very clear for beginners to understand.