VirtualHost with Joomla - Switch live site from localhost to debugdomain

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It is also related to debugging between localhost or

Q: Unable to view my site properly from my debug domain name:, only from localhost that it is displayed properly. Is there a way to make the transition automatic!


The 'problem' is related to the variable $mosConfig_live_site. When changing from localhost to we assume that your site is going live. Therefore, you want to update the $mosConfig_live_site variable in the configuration file.

If you need to perform other test with a temporary "almost" live site then you would have to change that variable every time.

Now, you could also modify your configuration file like this.

Change this line

$mosConfig_live_site = 'http://localhost/myvirtualdirectory';


$mosConfig_live_site = getLiveSite();  //'http://localhost/myvirtualdirectory';

At the bottom of the file and BEFORE the php closing bracket "?>", add the following function:

function getLiveSite(){
$s = empty($_SERVER["HTTPS"]) ? ''
      : ($_SERVER["HTTPS"] == "on") ? "s"
      : "";
   $proto = explode('/', $_SERVER["SERVER_PROTOCOL"]);
   $protocol = strtolower($proto[0]).$s;
   $port = ($_SERVER["SERVER_PORT"] == "80") ? ""
      : (":".$_SERVER["SERVER_PORT"]);

   $getVD = explode('/', $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']);
   if(count($getVD) <=2 ){
      $virtualdir = '';   
      $virtualdir = '/' . $getVD[1];

   return $protocol."://".$_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'].$port. $virtualdir;