Setup short and easy to remember URL for multi-site in Windows local PC

When developing on multi-site in our local development environment we wanted a short and easy to remember URL for each site. We will take a look on how to setup http://webfoobar and http://myotherwebsite address for our sites. The following instructions are for Windows with XAMPP web server solution stack package.

  1. First we will edit the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file to register the URL name of each site we are developing in XAMPP and append the following codes:
        webfoobar       myotherwebsite
  2. Append the following codes in C:\xampp\apache\conf\httpd.conf file:
    <Directory "C:/xampp/htdocs/drupalsites">
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes ExecCGI
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
  3. Lastly, append the following codes in C:\xampp\apache\conf\extra\httpd-vhosts.conf file:
    <VirtualHost *:80>
       DocumentRoot "C:\xampp\htdocs\drupalsites"
       ServerName webfoobar
    <VirtualHost *:80>
       DocumentRoot "C:\xampp\htdocs\drupalsites"
       ServerName myotherwebsite
  4. Restart your Apache web server and you can now access http://webfoobar and http://myotherwebsite in your browser.

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