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
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
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
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.