I have a few local versions of development websites on my local mac, and want to provide access to them from a browser through vhosts, as well as using the live (web) versions from time to time.
I have read many examples of people doing similar things by changing the URL, and having apache listen to the unique URL to serve from a local location. I have always done it using the same URL, but a different port, and while it works seamlessly on windows, I can't get it working on the mac.
(Let's say) I have two websites:
I want to access the local versions by using the same URL, by enabling the browser's proxy (with one click) which I have set to 8080. apache is set to
Listen *:8080 in httpd.conf.
In httpd-vhosts.conf (which is getting loaded) I have:
NameVirtualHost *:8080 <VirtualHost *:8080> ServerAdmin email@example.com ServerName amazingwebsite.com ServerAlias www.amazingwebsite.com DocumentRoot "/Users/username/Development/Projects/amazingwebsite" <Directory "/Users/username/Development/Projects/amazingwebsite/"> Options Includes Indexes Multiviews AllowOverride All Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory> </VirtualHost>
The 'facebookkiller.org' vhost is basically the same - just different local location.
/private/etc/hosts is now set to:
## # Host Database # # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface # when the system is booting. Do not change this entry. ## 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost fe80::1%lo0 localhost 127.0.0.1 amazingwebsite.com 127.0.0.1 facebookkiller.org
and after an apache restart (web sharing off/on),
apachectl -S reports:
VirtualHost configuration: wildcard NameVirtualHosts and _default_ servers: *:8080 is a NameVirtualHost default server amazingwebsite.com (/private/etc/apache2/other/httpd-vhosts.conf:4) port 8080 namevhost amazingwebsite.com (/private/etc/apache2/other/httpd-vhosts.conf:4) port 8080 namevhost facebookkiller.org (/private/etc/apache2/other/httpd-vhosts.conf:19) Syntax OK
which looks ok to me.
- amazingwebsite.com:8080 => local installation (correct)
- www.amazingwebsite.com:8080 => times out (incorrect)
- amazingwebsite.com => quickly can't connect, browser can't find - (incorrect)
- www.amazingwebsite.com => goes to web version (correct)
- facebookkiller.org:8080 => local installation (correct)
- www.facebookkiller.org:8080 => times out (incorrect)
- facebookkiller.com => browser can't find (incorrect)
- www.facebookkiller.com => goes to web version (correct)
So my ServerAlias isn't working, or there is something wrong with my hosts file - or both!
I've spent ages on this, and could really do with some help - thanks..