I want to add a web site to a Centos VPS programmatically, I found many references to IIS, but nothing for Linux.

I have a site that lets the users create a customized web site. What I want is give the users the option to use their own domain.

So, when the user add his/her own domain (and point his/her domain to my DNS server) add this domain as an add-on domain to my server and also add a virtual host to apache....

any help will be appreciated...

Regards Alex


Something like cPanel or ISPconfig ?

  • I need this to be programmatically, is there a CPanel API? – Alejandro Angelico Jul 25 '12 at 17:05

You can install virtualmin and use their API via REST URL or run script remotely. It does mailboxes too.


Yes, this is simple. I've previously run a webfarm (using 1.3.27) with around 1000 vhosts configured on each server exactly like this - startup took a couple of seconds longer but otherwise there was little difference from a single vhost. Just specify a directory to contain the definitions for the vhosts (one per file) and set up a directory tree for each website. The machine I'm typing this at came with Apache 2.2 pre-configured to handle just such a case; in the httpd.conf there's a line:

Include conf/vhosts.d/*.conf

And the create a file, say example.com.conf containing:

 <VirtualHost example.com>
 ServerName example.com
 ServerAlias www.example.com
 DocumentRoot /var/vhosts/example.com/www
 CustomLog /var/vhosts/example.com/logs common
 ErrorLog /var/vhosts/example.com/logs

You might want to create a user at the same time and point their home directory to the base locattion (/var/vhosts/example.com). I'd recommend disabling all cgi / shtml / php /symlinks etc unless you know how to configure these securely. Preferably allow override none too.

An alternative approach is to use a wildcard vhost with all requests routed to your front controller which would then invoke specific bits of functionality - but this requires rather a lot of development effort.

  • Thanks @symcbean, this is what I want. but is it possible to add the domain to my dns? – Alejandro Angelico Jul 25 '12 at 17:06
  • Yes - but you don't say what DNS server it is (I used bid and it was much the same process with an SOA record. – symcbean Jul 25 '12 at 21:45
  • Sorry, I'm using Bind This is returned by # named -v BIND 9.3.6-P1-RedHat-9.3.6-16.P1.el5_7.1 – Alejandro Angelico Jul 26 '12 at 17:04

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