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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04, Eighth Edition by Matthew Helmke

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Virtual Hosting

One of the more popular services to provide with a web server is to host a virtual domain. Also known as a virtual host, a virtual domain is a complete website with its own domain name, as if it was a standalone machine, but it’s hosted on the same machine as other websites. Apache implements this capability in a simple way with directives in the apache2.conf configuration file.

Apache now can dynamically host virtual servers by using the mod_vhost_alias module you read about in the preceding section of the chapter. The module is primarily intended for ISPs and similar large sites that host a large number of virtual sites. This module is for more advanced users and, as such, it is outside the scope of this introductory chapter. ...

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