Steps to create custom URL to work locally Xampp localhost virtual host

Steps to create a custom URL to work locally:

If you had installed Xampp in D:/ folder then follow the following steps, if you have installed in C:/ or another folder then replace D with respective folder name.

  • Open up the Xampp control panel and stop Apache (Ensure that you don’t have it running as a service.
  • Navigate to D:/xampp/apache/conf/extra or wherever you installed Xampp
  • Open up your text editor with administrative privileges and open up httpd-vhosts.conf found in the D:/xampp/apache/conf/extra folder
  • At the very bottom of the file paste the following (check if it exists there already) <VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot “D:/xampp/htdocs” ServerName localhost </VirtualHost>
  • Without that line of code, you will lose access to your default htdocs/ For eg: http://localhost/ will be inaccessible.
  • Now copy and paste the code below: <VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot “D:/xampp/htdocs/webocreation” ServerName ServerAlias <Directory “D:/xampp/htdocs/webocreation”> AllowOverride All Require all Granted </Directory> </VirtualHost>
  • Now we head over to our Windows Hosts File, to edit the HOSTS. File will be located at C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/hosts, where hosts is the file.             localhost
  • Look for the line above and enter your site mimicking the layout             localhost   
  • Change this to the domain name you choose earlier
  • Change it to reflect the lines above (if you have problems saving it meant you didn’t have your text editor running in admin mode.
  • Restart Apache and test to make sure it is working.
  • Go to the URL

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