As a web developer I need to juggle a number of projects on my development machine all at once. The simple way to get around accessing these various sites is to set up a number of subdomains under localhost, one for each project. In other words:

  • http://project1.localhost/
  • http://project2.localhost/
  • http://project3.localhost/ …

So how do we go about doing this then?

First, edit your /etc/hosts file by adding the following line: project1.localhost

Next, create a new configuration file in /etc/apache2/sites-available/ using:

gksudo gedit /etc/apache2/sites-available/project1

In this configuration file, add the following:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /home/username/project1
ServerName project1.localhost

<Directory /home/username/project1/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews +Includes
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all

Save the file, and then run the following:

sudo a2ensite project1

Finally restart the Apache Server.

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

And there you go. You should now be able to hit http://project1.localhost from your browser. Nice! :)

(Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat)