Adding another domain to a single domain apache server

Hi all.

I am kinda new to Centos and Apache (and LAMP). My server is running Centos 7 and has only 1 domain currently in /var/www/html (whith joomla CMS).

I need to add a new domain on the same VPS. I have tried with virtual servers (both in /var/www/html/domain2 and /var/www/domain2) but had no luck. I think it might be because my actual domain is in /var/www/html when it should be in /var/www/domain1/html so as to create /var/www/domain2/html for the new domain.

Is there anything I can do to host both domains without having to delete the existing running domain (I would have to reinstall joomla as well which can be rather painful)? Can I “easily” migrate my existing domain to a subfolder (such as /var/www/domain1/html) so as to create (/var/www/domain2/html)?

Thanks for your help!


And I don’t know if you can move the first domain from /var/www/html, since I’m unsure how Joomla behaves (I’m not sure if there’s any configuration done on path-level), but you can try to move and adjust your Apache accordingly - if it fails, you’ll just move it back and redo the Apache.

Have a look at this guide: Otherwise it would probably be most helpful to see the Apache configuration for the second domain - can you add that, just replace your domain with domain

And when having multiple domains, they should each have their own structure:


You can add the sub-folder html to each if you want to have other stuff under each domain, but it is not necessary.

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Hi @hansen & @jtittle,

Thank you for your replies.

I have been able to get through this with Virtualservers.

I am not sure what the problem was but after modifying /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf and the sites-enabled I was able to get this going. I added a new domain in a new folder without changing the joomla installation.

Thanks again for your help!


There’s no physical limitation imposed when it comes to where you’re able to host website data. The web server will look to whichever directory you define as the home or base path. For Apache, you’d be setting the home/base path using DocumentRoot.

So, for example, instead of worrying about moving the current site, you could create a new directory within the /home directory, such as:



mkdir -p /home/mynewsite/htdocs/public

You would upload all of your data to the ./public directory and then create a new VirtualHost for the domain as it shows in the guide that @hansen linked to.

If you run in to any issues with the setup, feel free to reply and let us know.