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Apache 2.2.11: Host two domains using name-based virtual hosting.


Operating system used
Windows Vista Home Premium SP 1

Software prerequisites
Apache 2.2.11

  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:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\httpd.conf file, e.g.:

    Uncomment the following lines:

    ServerName www.mobilefish.com:80

    LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
    LoadModule userdir_module modules/mod_userdir.so
    LoadModule vhost_alias_module modules/mod_vhost_alias.so

    AddType text/html .shtm
    AddOutputFilter INCLUDES .shtm

    Include conf/extra/httpd-userdir.conf

    Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

    Change the following line:

    DirectoryIndex index.html index.shtm index.htm

    View the updated httpd.conf file.

  3. Comment out all lines in
    C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\extra\httpd-userdir.conf file and add the following lines, e.g.:

    <Directory "c:/mobilefish_web">
       Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
       AllowOverride All
       Order allow,deny
       Allow from all

       Options +Includes
       AddType text/html shtm
       AddOutputFilter Includes shtm
       AllowOverride All

    <Directory "c:/abcxyz_web">
       Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
       AllowOverride All
       Order allow,deny
       Allow from all

       Options +Includes
       AddType text/html shtm
       AddOutputFilter Includes shtm
       AllowOverride All

    View the updated httpd-userdir.conf file.

  4. Add the following lines in the
    C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\extra\httpd-vhosts.conf file, e.g.:

    <VirtualHost *:80>
       ServerAdmin [email protected]
       DocumentRoot "C:/mobilefish_web"
       ServerName www.mobilefish.com
       ErrorLog "logs/www.mobilefish.com-error.log"
       CustomLog "logs/www.mobilefish.com-access.log" common

    <VirtualHost *:80>
       ServerAdmin [email protected]
       DocumentRoot "C:/abcxyz_web"
       ServerName www.abcxyz.com
       ErrorLog "logs/www.abcxyz.com-error.log"
       CustomLog "logs/www.abcxyz.com-access.log" common

    View the updated httpd-vhosts.conf.conf file.

  5. Run syntax check for all config files:

    c:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\bin\httpd -t

    You should see the following:

    Syntax OK

  6. If the config files are all correctly modified, always restart Apache.

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

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