Django 1.5 on Webfaction

The setup of a Django application on Webfaction is really easy using their one-click-installer. But this setup is really static and surely not the best option to use for Django. Luke Plant wrote about setting up Django with gunicorn on Webfaction in his blog, I will write about setting up Django 1.5 with Apache and mod_wsgi without the Django one-click-installer but the mod_wsgi one (mod_wsgi 3.4 / Python 2.7). The setup won't be the fastest Django setup in the world, but it will work.
It's basically an update for my old blog post covering Django 1.3:

Set up a mod_wsgi application and create a website in the Webfaction control panel. Log into shell and goto your newly created app. Create a virtualenv and a folder for your project files (maybe you want to check out from a VCS), activate the virtualenv and install Django an whatever you need. Edit the default create by the startproject command:

WSGI config for tools_project project.

This module contains the WSGI application used by Django's development server
and any production WSGI deployments. It should expose a module-level variable
named ``application``. Django's ``runserver`` and ``runfcgi`` commands discover
this application via the ``WSGI_APPLICATION`` setting.

Usually you will have the standard Django WSGI application here, but it also
might make sense to replace the whole Django WSGI application with a custom one
that later delegates to the Django one. For example, you could introduce WSGI
middleware here, or combine a Django application with an application of another

import os

# set paths correctly on webfaction
if os.environ['STAGE'] == 'webfaction':
    import site
    import sys


# We defer to a DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE already in the environment. This breaks
# if running multiple sites in the same mod_wsgi process. To fix this, use
# mod_wsgi daemon mode with each site in its own daemon process, or use
# os.environ["DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE"] = "tools_project.settings"
os.environ.setdefault("DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE", "tools_project.settings")

# This application object is used by any WSGI server configured to use this
# file. This includes Django's development server, if the WSGI_APPLICATION
# setting points here.
from django.core.wsgi import get_wsgi_application
application = get_wsgi_application()

# Apply WSGI middleware here.
# from helloworld.wsgi import HelloWorldApplication
# application = HelloWorldApplication(application)

You can leave out the check of the STAGE environment variable if you haven't set it. I use it to run a project on different hosts and identify each host.

Now adjust the Apache2 config by editing /home/<username>/webapps/<app>/apache2/conf/httpd.conf. Remove the following lines on the bottom:

<Directory /home/<username>/webapps/<app>/htdocs>

Instead, add the following line that tell the WSGI daemon to run the of Django:

WSGIScriptAlias / /home/<username>/webapps/<app>/project/<projectname>/

Then restart the Apache and you're done.