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what is Virtual Hosting?

 
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what is Virtual Hosting?

when it is required?
 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_hosting
 
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Thanks Mr. Gay very nice article but one thing not sure why any one wanna do it i means why is it required?

One use come to my mind is www.xxx.com and www.xxx.co.yy redirected to same site.

Is their other benefits to this expercise?
 
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Subodh,

One typical use case for virtual hosting is when you use hosting services run by ISPs.

Many small businesses do not need, or cannot afford, the cost of running a Web site hosted on a dedicated server or a cluster of servers, and hiring IT engineers to maintain them. Therefore they go for 'shared' hosting plans at ISPs, and these ISPs run multiple Web sites on a single server machine- or even on the same web server instance. Running of more than one Web site on one server is called virtual hosting. As you would have seen from the Wikipedia link, these can be implemented in two ways- IP or name based; each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

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- Vivek
 
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Thanks vivek,

And welcome to JavaRanch.

But is it also possible to run the same site with differnet names on the same instance of the server?

Is yes is this also the virtual hosting or something else?
 
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