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From Tim Funk <>
Subject Re: [OT] Configuration of 5 country sites and 1 web application base
Date Tue, 14 Jun 2005 11:16:56 GMT
If the functionality is the same for all the sites and only the parameters 
are different, then one webapp makes sense. This will be acceptable if the 
same people control the look and functionality for all 5 domains/sites. If 
different parties have a decision in look/functionality of each site (even if 
the underlying functionality is the same) - it might be better to use 
multiple webapps. Or ...  reexamine your URL space (the path part) in such a 
way that it is feasible to go from one webapp to multiple webapps without 
affecting any URLS. In that case, you can start with one webapp - but if the 
functionality diverges, you can refactor to a common base (if not already 
done in phase 1) and then let each webapp customize as needed.


Allistair Crossley wrote:

> Dear List,
> I'm after some external advice on how best to configure Tomcat and our web application.

> The web application is intended to run 5 international country web sites. The code base
is aware of its need to run different sites, and uses various parameters in calling backend
services to acquire the relvant content for page building and so on.
> We will be running each website with its own country domain, e.g
> as well as wishing to run subdomains
> The question is, is it better to run 1 web application to serve all these sites, or would
you run each site as a separate web application and configure the build process appropriately.

> Being able to bring down 1 particular site is the main benefit I can see for separate
web applications, whereas more centralised configuration may be a benefit for 1 web application.
> I'd really like to hear your opinions if you do the same thing or have thoughts on this
> Thanks in advance, Allistair.

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