Apache2 on Ubuntu

I was installing Trac on Ubuntu the other day and I was really impressed with the new (well new as far as I’m concerned) Apache file layout.

In order to load modules you no longer have to add a LoadModule directive to the main config file. Instead, when you install a module using apt-get a file call <module_name>.load is created in the directory /etc/apache2/mods-available. If the module has any configuration associated with it then a seperate file called <module_name>.conf is also created in the same directory. To enable the module you create a symbolic link to each of these two files in the directory /etc/apache2/mods-enabled. When Apache starts it simply includes all the files in this directory. The commands a2enmod and a2dismod can manage all this for you if you don’t want to create/remove the links yourself, e.g. sudo a2enmod userdir, sudo a2dismod userdir.

Virtual hosts are managed in a very similar fashion. To create a new virtual host create a file in the directory /etc/apache2/sites-available containing the VirtualHost directive. To enable this host you create a symbolic link to this file in the directory /etc/apache2/sites-enabled. The commands a2ensite and a2dissite can manage all this for you, e.g. sudo a2ensite subversion.

List of Irish Domain Resellers (by price)

Considering the price of an Irish domain these days I thought it might be useful to compile a list of the various resellers out there. I used the list of resellers with more than 500 domains provided by the IE Domain Registry (Table A). The prices below are for the registration of a .ie domain for 1 year and don’t take into account any special offers that may be available (e.g. taking hosting with the reseller).

Company Cost (€ inc. VAT)
Letshost.ie 45.97
Blacknight Internet Solutions 54.45
Webhost 59.29
Host Ireland 60.32
IE Internet 60.50
Eircom 78.50*
Darklite-Sce 78.65
Eurokom 78.65*
Web World 83.49
Hosting365 84.64
Hosting Ireland 84.70
Digiweb 95.59
BT Ireland 95.59
IE Domain Registry Ltd 95.59
Register.ie 96.79
Irish Domains 107.69
Switchmedia Ltd. 108.9
UTV Internet 126.97
Netsource 153.67
NetNames UK Ltd 165.00

* Can only be bought as part of a managed service