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Apache 2.0.49: Host two domains using name-based virtual hosting.


Operating system used
Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1 SP 2

Software prerequisites
Apache 2.0.49

  1. Lets assume you have two domain names and one ip address, e.g.:

    IP URL http://www.mobilefish.com http://www.abcxyz.com

    and you want to host both domains on the same web server by using name-based virtual hosting.

    To serve your webpages by Apache, first create two DocumentRoots from which you will serve your web pages. As an example, create the following directories:

    • c:\mobilefish_web (for www.mobilefish.com)
    • c:\abcxyz_web (for www.abcxyz.com)

    and put all your webpages in their respective directories.

  2. Add and change the following lines in the
    C:\Tools\Apache Group\Apache2\conf\httpd.conf file, e.g.:

    Listen 80

    ServerAdmin [email protected]

    ServerName www.mobilefish.com:80

    DirectoryIndex index.html index.html.var index.shtm index.htm


       ServerAdmin [email protected]
       DocumentRoot c:/mobilefish_web
       ServerName www.mobilefish.com
       ErrorLog logs/www.mobilefish.com-error_log
       #TransferLog logs/www.mobilefish.com-access_log
       CustomLog "|c:/weblogs/rotatelogs.exe
          c:/weblogs/www.mobilefish.com-access_%y%m%d.log 86400" combined
       <Directory "c:/mobilefish_web">
           Options +Includes
           AddType text/html shtm
           AddOutputFilter Includes shtm

       ServerAdmin [email protected]
       DocumentRoot c:/abcxyz_web
       ServerName www.abcxyz.com
       ErrorLog logs/www.abcxyz.com-error_log
       #TransferLog logs/www.abcxyz.com-access_log
       CustomLog "|c:/weblogs/rotatelogs.exe
          c:/weblogs/www.abcxyz.com-access_%y%m%d.log 86400" combined
       <Directory "c:/abcxyz_web">
           Options +Includes
           AddType text/html shtm
           AddOutputFilter Includes shtm

    View the updated httpd.conf file.

    Directive Remark
    Listen The Listen directive is required and listens to only specific IP addresses or ports.
    ServerAdmin Email address that the server includes in error messages sent to the client.
    DocumentRoot This directive sets the directory from which httpd will serve files.
    ServerName Hostname and port that the server uses to identify itself.
    DirectoryIndex If you use index.shtm or index.htm pages you must change the DirectoryIndex directive.
    NameVirtualHost The NameVirtualHost directive is a required directive if you want to configure name-based virtual hosts.
    Directory The Directory directive "<Directory>" is included in this example if you want to use Server Side Includes (SSI).
    CustomLog The CustomLog directive is added to rotate the logfiles. To make this work you MUST also do the following:

    • Create a directory to store the log files, for example: c:\weblogs
    • Copy the file C:\Tools\Apache Group\Apache2\bin\rotatelogs.exe to c:\weblogs. If you do not do this the log files are NOT created.
    TransferLog (commented out) In this example the TransferLog directive is commented out, the CustomLog directive is used instead. If you do not want to rotate the log files comment out CustomLog and uncomment TransferLog.

  3. Verify if the file httpd.conf is correctly modified:

    C:\Tools\Apache Group\Apache2\bin\apache -t

    You should see the following:

    Syntax OK

  4. After httpd.conf is changed, always restart Apache.

  5. If you do not have a DNS server, you can modify file:
    Add the following lines:     www.mobilefish.com     www.abcxyz.com

    And disable Proxyserver in IE browser setting:
    Extra | Internet-options | Connections | LAN-settings |

  6. Now you can access both websites by their domainname, i.e.: