Directory placement for owncloud and configure?

At present, my website is at:


I am adding the cloud to it and would like to keep things together.
my first choice would be to have owncloud at my document root here:


The manual install instructions suggest that it not be in my document root.
please make a suggestion.

Also, at present, I am getting an error saying

Can't write to config directory!
This can usually be fixed by giving the webserver write access to the config directory.

You mean the data folder? You could place it somewhere else in your file system, probably out of /var/www... only webserver user must have full access to it. If you use admin panels, this can be a bit tough because they don't like it to organize files yourself and restrict access to your webroot very efficiently.

That's a different issue. But you need to give the webserver user full permission to the config folder.

I have deleted all my work and have done as complete a removal of my original install as I know how to do. Now, I have reinstalled owncloud. There was an error during the reinstall saying that apache was not setup for it or something like that. I did not make a note of it but on examination the apache sites available config file was missing. I created the one shown below:

	# The ServerName directive sets the request scheme, hostname and port that
	# the server uses to identify itself. This is used when creating
	# redirection URLs. In the context of virtual hosts, the ServerName
	# specifies what hostname must appear in the request's Host: header to
	# match this virtual host. For the default virtual host (this file) this
	# value is not decisive as it is used as a last resort host regardless.
	# However, you must set it for any further virtual host explicitly.
DocumentRoot /var/www/
# Available loglevels: trace8, ..., trace1, debug, info, notice, warn,
# error, crit, alert, emerg.
# It is also possible to configure the loglevel for particular
# modules, e.g.
#LogLevel info ssl:warn
ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
# For most configuration files from conf-available/, which are
# enabled or disabled at a global level, it is possible to
# include a line for only one particular virtual host. For example the
# following line enables the CGI configuration for this host only
# after it has been globally disabled with "a2disconf".
#Include conf-available/serve-cgi-bin.conf
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} [OR]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME}
RewriteRule ^ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [END,QSA,R=permanent]
vim: syntax=apache ts=4 sw=4 sts=4 sr noet

This is fine since I would like it to be a website of it's own and it now appears to running as it should with a signon screen for initial setup in the browser.

However, before I continue, I think I now may need to do some additional work. In the owncloud manual docs (
), they say to create a symlink something like:

Alias /owncloud "/var/www/owncloud/"
<Directory /var/www/owncloud/>
  Options +FollowSymlinks
  AllowOverride All
 <IfModule mod_dav.c>
  Dav off
 SetEnv HOME /var/www/owncloud
 SetEnv HTTP_HOME /var/www/owncloud

EDIT: Sorry. Text in config files not showing correctly.

What should I do now?