I just set up LAMP on a new CentOS server. Previously when I installed LAMP on Ubuntu, I always needed to create a virtual host definition for each website I create in my /var/www directory.

But on CentOS, I realised once I put my website into my /var/www directory, it's immediately visible on my browser.

I included this directive: Include conf/vhosts/*.conf in my httpd.conf file in order to define virtual hosts for specific sites. Inside my vhost directory, I have defined my *.conf files.

Can anyone tell me what needs to be edited, possibly in httpd.conf, to stop sites that don't have an individual /vhosts/*.conf file from displaying when visited?

Below is my default virtual host definition information which I amend for each new site:

<VirtualHost var/www/aSite:80>
    ServerAdmin webmaster@dummy-host.example.com
    DocumentRoot var/www/aSite
    ServerName myServer
    ErrorLog var/www/aSite/logs/error_log
    CustomLog var/www/aSite/logs/access_log common
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    You know that <VirtualHost var/www/aSite:80> doesn't make any sense, right? The argument before the port number (:80) is supposed to be a hostname or ip address (or *).
    – larsks
    Mar 30, 2012 at 1:10
  • :-) yes! I just put aSite in there as a place holder
    – sisko
    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:12

2 Answers 2


I'll tell from my mind and memory (can't verify on CentOS), you have somewhere in httpd.conf

This module creates dynamically configured virtual hosts, by allowing the IP address and/or the Host: header of the HTTP request to be used as part of the pathname to determine what files to serve. This allows for easy use of a huge number of virtual hosts with similar configurations.

  • VirtualDocumentRoot defined into /var/www/(something) + possible VirtualScriptAlias

PS: Can you tell me, why you want to stop this (nice, from my POV) behavior?


I recently setup a centos 7 web-server with virtual hosts and I added a <VirtualHost> directive for a blank webpage or coming soon page. This <VirtualHost> directive needs to be above Include conf/vhosts/*.conf in the httpd.conf file.

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