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Setting up virtual hosts in Apache

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This is the first in a series of quick tips that I will write up. These mainly serve to refresh my memory when I do the same thing a few times but can't quite remember the exact thing to do.

Today, I set up 2 different virtual hosts in apache:

host1.dah85.com host2.dah85.com

To accomplish this, I first created A entries for those hosts and pointed them to the IP of the web server, which in this case is a VPS for testing with.

Once that's been done, we just need to create the directories that the sites will live in, and then set up the configs.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apache2
sudo mkdir /var/www/host1.dah85.com/public_html
sudo mkdir /var/www/host2.dah85.com/public_html
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www
sudo chown -R www-data /var/www
sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/host1.dah85.com.conf
sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/host2.dah85.com.conf

Contents of host1.dah85.com.conf

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin [email protected]
    ServerName host1.dah85.com
    DocumentRoot /var/www/host1.dah85.com/public_html
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

And host2.dah85.com.conf

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin [email protected]
    ServerName host2.dah85.com
    DocumentRoot /var/www/host2.dah85.com/public_html
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

Then we enable the configs and restart Apache

sudo a2ensite host1.dah85.com.conf
sudo a2ensite host2.dah85.com.conf
sudo service apache2 restart

And that should be it for setting it up. Assuming you have something in each public_html directory, it should be working.