This page describes how to run multiple websites in separate sub-folders on a single domain. In this scenario, you do not need to obtain new domains for each site.
Example - Installing two sites onto a single domain
- Install a Kentico web project to the following folder: C:\inetpub\wwwroot\mykenticofolder.
- In the installer, choose Custom installation and Built-in web server in Visual Studio (does not create a virtual directory).
- Open your Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager console (Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative tools -> Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager).
- Create a new virtual directory named mykenticoweb.
- The name of the virtual directory must be different than the folder where you installed the web project.
- Set the Physical path to a non-website folder in the root of a local disk. Ideally, create an empty folder for this purpose, for example: c:\empty
- Create two IIS applications under mykenticoweb named web1 and web2.
- Set the Physical path of both applications to the web site folder of the installed project (C:\inetpub\wwwroot\mykenticofolder\CMS in this example).
- Set the application pool according to the type that you specified in the installation of the Kentico web project.
Open your browser and type in eitheror .
Log in to the Kentico administration interface and open the Sites application.
Install both sites. Set the Site domain name fields:
Website 1: localhost/mykenticoweb/web1
Website 2: localhost/mykenticoweb/web2
Now when you go to, you will see website 1. If you go to , you will see website 2.
Synchronizing global data for the sites
To ensure the synchronization of settings and global objects between the two sites, you need to set up a Web farm environment.
Add the following keys to the <appSettings> section of the web.config file in the installation directory shared by both websites:
<add key="CMSWebFarmEnabled" value="true"/> <add key="CMSWebFarmSynchronizeFiles" value="false" /> <add key="CMSAllowLocalConfigKeys" value="true" /> <add key="/mykenticoweb/web1:CMSWebFarmServerName" value="server1" /> <add key="/mykenticoweb/web2:CMSWebFarmServerName" value="server2" />
This enables web farms in general and disables synchronization of files, which is not needed since the applications already use the same physical folder. Notice that each application has a different web farm server name specified via a prefix in the name of the CMSWebFarmServerName key. This prefix must match the path that you set for the corresponding application in IIS, including the virtual directory.
- Log in to the Kentico administration interface on one of the sites.
- Open the Web farms application.
- Create a web farm server for each application.
To prevent potential problems with conflicts during Smart search indexing, specify a different physical folder for each application's search index files through the following web.config keys:
<add key="/mykenticoweb/web1:CMSSearchIndexPath" value="App_Data\CMSModules\SmartSearch\Web1\" /> <add key="/mykenticoweb/web2:CMSSearchIndexPath" value="App_Data\CMSModules\SmartSearch\Web2\" />
Your websites should now work without any issues.