How to host multiple websites on a Apache Linux web server?

I have a Linux web server with Apache (httpd). How to host multiple websites on Apache?

To host websites www.example1.com and www.example2.com on a single node with Apache2 on a single IP, you can use VirtualHost as follows.

Edit /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf and add the following lines:

NameVirtualHost *:80

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/example1.com
ServerName www.example1.com

# Other directives here

</VirtualHost>

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/example2.com
ServerName www.example2.com

# Other directives here

</VirtualHost>

Then you can store your websites under the corresponding directory specified with DocumentRoot for each domain.

After restarting Apache2 by # apachectl restart or # systemctl restart httpd.service or # service httpd restart or other distro specific commands, each domain (point to the web server) will be in each own’s directory.

Note that www.example1.com and example1.com are two different domains and you will need to set up two virtual hosts if you want to use both.

Answered by Eric Z Ma.

Eric Z Ma

Eric is a father and systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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