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I read through some guides on this and I believe it is possible to have apache respond to a subdomain through ssl. I have responding on 80 and I do not need responding on 443. Rather, the only use I have for ssl is for the subdomain

So my site should be

My CNAME records are as follows

The A record exists but should not matter for the example.

I set up a separate config file in sites-enabled for


    SSLEngine on
    SSLStrictSNIVHostCheck on
    SSLProtocol -ALL +SSLv3 +TLSv1


    DocumentRoot /usr/local/www/ssl/documents/

    SSLCertificateFile /root/
    SSLCertificateKeyFile /root/

    Alias /robots.txt /usr/local/www/ssl/documents/robots.txt
    Alias /favicon.ico /usr/local/www/ssl/documents/favicon.ico

    Alias /js/libs /usr/local/www/ssl/documents/js/libs
    Alias /media/ /usr/local/www/documents/media/
    Alias /img/ /usr/local/www/ssl/documents/img/
    Alias /css/ /usr/local/www/ssl/documents/css/

    <Directory /usr/local/www/ssl/documents/>
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

    WSGIDaemonProcess processes=2 threads=7 display-name=%{GROUP}

    WSGIScriptAlias / /usr/local/www/wsgi-scripts/script.wsgi

    <Directory /usr/local/www/wsgi-scripts>
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

Now, it is important to mention that responds with what I have running from script.wsgi above instead of on It does not respond to checking causes a 105 error. This is a DNS error but I am convinced the DNS does not have a problem with the CNAME records, they just point to my IP. Am I doing something that Apache can not do?

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I was able to solve the problem by changing the CNAME records to my domain from my ip. –  compucuke Dec 12 '12 at 22:27

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You do not use CNAME to point a dns name to an IP addreses, You'll need an A record here. You can only use CNAME to point a canonical name to another canonical name:


A RECORD: --->

Or you can use a DNAME, a DNAME record creates an alias for one or more subdomains of a domain. In contrast, the CNAME record creates an alias only of a single name

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