Simplest Apache configuration for hosting multiple sites

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I want to share the most simple and straightforward configuration that suited my needs for developing locally.


First of all, make a quick backup of your current default file in /etc/apache2/sites-available/ like this:

cd /etc/apache2/sites-available/
sudo mv default .default.bckp

Now create a new file called default in the sites-available directory with the following content

<VirtualHost *:80>
	ServerName test1.local 		#the local hostname
	DocumentRoot /var/www/test1 #the corresponding document root
</VirtualHost>
<VirtualHost *:80>
	ServerName test2.local
	DocumentRoot /var/www/test2
</VirtualHost>

Now add the local hostnames to your /etc/hosts file and you’re good to go!

127.0.0.1       localhost test1.local test2.local



PS: I'm sure this conf is won't fit in a production ready environment, but for a local setup it's just amazingly simple and effortless.