Virtual hosting is a method that allows one to run multiple web sites on a local computer. After setting it up, you would be able to access each web site using its own domain name.
In this tutorial, I will show how you can do it on WAMP, but other products are very similar, so you won’t have problems porting this.
Step 1: Open
hosts file, located in
C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts, in you favorite text editor. Add a line similar to the one below and save the file.
Basically, this tells Windows to resolve IP 127.0.0.1 (which is localhost) to mysite.
For more sites, simply add more lines:
127.0.0.1 mysite 127.0.0.1 myothersite 127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain
Step 2: Next, browse to
C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.17\conf and open
httpd.conf file in a text editor. In that, find a line that looks like this:
# Virtual hosts #Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf
Uncomment it (remove the # symbol) and save it.
# Virtual hosts Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf
Step 3: Browse to the folder
C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.11\conf\extras and open
httpd-vhosts.conf file in a text editor. Scroll to the end of the file and below code:
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost DocumentRoot "c:/wamp/www" ServerName localhost ErrorLog "logs/localhost-error.log" CustomLog "logs/localhost-access.log" common </VirtualHost> <VirtualHost *:80> #ServerAdmin webmaster@mysite DocumentRoot "c:/wamp/www/mysite" ServerName mysite ErrorLog "logs/mysite-error.log" CustomLog "logs/mysite-access.log" common <directory "c:/wamp/www/mysite"> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks AllowOverride all Order Deny,Allow Deny from all Allow from 127.0.0.1 </directory> </VirtualHost>
You can see two directives for Virtual Host here. The first one preserves default localhost, so you can still access the WAMP dashboard, and the second one tells Apache where to look when a request for mysite is made. Rest of the code allows you to use
.htaccess on this domain.
Now restart Apache server, and you should be able to access
http://mysite to develop and test your site.
After completing this, you can run WordPress multisite on your local computer.