[Wolves] hosting domains on a home server

David Goodwin dg at clocksoft.com
Fri Jan 13 08:11:46 GMT 2006

> Is it possible to host more than one domain on a home web server if you 
> use a redirect service such as noip.com?
> Am I right in thinking it would not work because you only have one ip 
> address for your server therefore only one domain name can, 'live' there?


Assuming you mean a domain like http://www.foo.com and 
http://www.bar.com; there is no limit (that I'm aware of) to the number 
of such domains you can host on a single IP address.

Any number of DNS names can resolve to the same IP address; and the HTTP 
1.1 protocol (used since 1990something) specifies that the browser 
request specifies which hostname it is talking to, along the lines of :

GET / HTTP/1.1
Host: www.foo.com

SMTP is another service that springs to mind which can have multiple 
domains on one host; I can't think of any others right now.... (perhaps 
it's too early in the morning).



David Goodwin
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