Create a Web Application With Host Header in SharePoint 2010

In this article we will learn how to create a web application with host header in SharePoint 2010. First we need to know what a host header is.

Host Header: Host header is nothing but providing a related name as the URL for the web application, by default SharePoint takes only the local server name as a URL and then render the data's from the content DB.

Here my server name is App1, so SharePoint takes only my local server name as the URL.


We are trying to create a web application with the following name:


So the following is the procedure for creating a web application with host header.

Step 1

Create a web application using Central Administration:

create a new web application

Here I specified the host header as heureuxtech and created one web application, you can see in the following picture, the URL created based on the host header.

host information

Step 2

Create the root site for the web application and run that URL, it will get the following error:


Step 3

Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\host to register your host header, open the host file and type as given below:

host file

Step 4

Open regedit to disable the loopback, go to Run from the Start menu and type "regedit" and use the following path:

registry editor

Step 5

Create a new Key Value of type DWORD and name it DisableLoopBackCheck:


Step 6

Right-click that DisableLoopBackCheck and click modify and set the value to 1 to enable it.

edit DWORD

Step 7

Open a browser and paste in the URL in the address bar and hit Enter and wait for the following screen:

web application with host header

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