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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Virtual Hosting

Virtual hosting occurs when one web server handles multiple websites. The server is configured to handle web requests for each of the hosted domains. Many companies need a very small website, with just a few pages of information and perhaps a CGI script or two. This is an excellent application for virtual hosting. I've run thousands of virtual domains on one FreeBSD system without putting the system load up over 0.2. When each site pays $19.95 a month to handle a couple dozen hits a day, you're quickly looking at real money on inexpensive hardware.

One common stumbling block to understanding virtual hosts is the belief that the www in a URL is a magic incantation that points to a website. This is incorrect. When you type a URL such ...

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