First, little background on why I’m writing this blog post… I have a client that has a “semi-dedicated” hosting account. In most respects, this account is just a fancy shared hosting account, but they say there are less accounts on the server. The client’s website is on that hosting account. The client also has a server at another location. I have root access to that server, and the client wants to be able to have that server do direct MySQL queries on the website’s database.
I’ve used Linux for years, primarily Ubuntu Desktop and Server. Recently I had been purchasing computer parts, anticipating the building of my next computer. Last Monday I put it all together, and started in on loading my operating system of choice, Ubuntu 14.04. Moving forward, I then started installing the essential programs that I use. I really didn’t run into any problems, until I made a stupid mistake while adding myself to a group.
Out of the box XAMPP only displays a single website, which is located in the htdocs directory. If needed, multiple websites can be served by implementing virtual hosts, which only requires editing 2 files. If you’ve been working with another type of server and have not been able to figure this out, don’t worry because it’s really easy.
In the <xampp>/apache/conf/extra directory, you will find a file named http-vhosts.conf. Lets say we want to add a domain named example and that it will be located at C:\xampp183\htdocs\example, here’s what we add to the conf file: