Host Multiple Websites with Apache Web Server on Windows

This tutorial will guide you through installing Virtual Sites for Apache Web Server. This is applicable only if you planning to built your web application not from http://localhost.

Below listed are the series of steps that will allow you to add virtual sites:

Here i am trying to add dev.hiteshagrawal.com. Before doing this make sure to create a backup of the files that will be edited to create virtual site just in case if anything wrong happens to the system.


 


Step1 – Edit the Host File:

  • Edit the “hosts” file available at the windows folder\system32\drivers\etc

Example:
C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts – Win98, WinXP, WinME
C:\WinNT\system32\drivers\etc\hosts – WINNT based OS

  • Open the “hosts” file in a Text Editor. You will find entries at the end similar to 127.0.0.1 localhost. Below this statement add this line
    127.0.0.1 dev.hiteshagrawal.com
    Now save the file.

Step 2 – Update Apache Web Server Configuration File
The next step involves configuring Apache Web Server to know him that it also needs to accept requests for http://dev.hiteshagrawal.com.
Open the Apache Web Server configuration file (httpd.conf) located at “apache root folder/conf”.
Example if your Apache Web Server Folder is on C Drive then the path would be C:\Apache2.2\conf\httpd.conf

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Now you need add the following code inside the httpd.conf file.

    <virtualhost *:80>
        DocumentRoot "/websites/hiteshagrawal.com"
        ServerName dev.hiteshagrawal.com
    </virtualhost>


 


Step 3 – Giving Permission to the Virtual Folder
Now you need add the following code inside the httpd.conf file

<directory "C:\websites\hiteshagrawal.com">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
</directory>

Step 4 – Cross Check to validate your changes
Create a file index.php in the Virtual Directory folder. Open your browser and type in the domain that you configured and index.php.
Here http://dev.hiteshagrawal.com/index.php

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3 Responses to Host Multiple Websites with Apache Web Server on Windows

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  2. Abhijit says:

    HI,
    I am using XAMPP as server application. I am trying to use the above procedure to host a website but confused with the following codes:

    DocumentRoot “/websites/hiteshagrawal.com”

    What does hiteshagrawal.com means here? Do i need to rename the folder where my web files are stored to foldername.com? If not then what to do…?

  3. Dan says:

    I wanted to allow database downloads from my D: drive, but I got this 403 error, this is how I solved it in my Httpd.conf

    Alias /db “D:\sqldata\backups”

    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride all
    Order Deny,Allow
    Deny from localhost
    Allow from all

    Hope this helps

    Dan,
    Goto Euro DB Admin

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