Aliases in Synology WebStation on DSM 7

Recently, I have updated my Synology NAS to DSM 7. I was positively surprised that most of the apps I use work without problems. The new Synology Photos app is not that nice compared to the old Photo Station 6 but anyway, it will improve, I hope.

There is a bigger update on the WebStation under DSM 7. Formerly, it was quite difficult to run a website (let’s say: a WordPress instance) under the main domain name of your installation (e.g. as fpposchmann.de). The standard installation would access a WordPress instance under fpposchmann.de/wordpress; quite ugly. The Apache aliases could not be configured in the WebStation. I found no way to change that by standard configuration means and ended up configuring my own apache.conf.

Still, a WordPress installation under DSM 7 would be configured to be accessed as fpposchmann.de/wordpress but now there is the possibility to manipulate that. You may change, add or disable the aliases for some standard Synology packages. And you may create a new „Service Portal – Package Server Portal“ for some Synology packages. I’ve created such an additional portal for my main domain fpposchmann.de pointing to the WordPress installation and disabled the standard alias fpposchmann.de/wordpress (you cannot delete such an alias).

But, oh oh, now the other aliases (fpposchmann.de/phpmyadmin and fpposchmann.de/wiki) are not accessible any more. The new „Service Portal“ seems to shield the other aliases. I don’t know if this is a feature or a bug but there is a workaround for this problem. I have created a new sub-domain without a „Service Portal“ and for the sub-domain the aliases are accessible (e.g. xyz.fpposchmann.de/phpmyadmin and xyz.fpposchmann.de/wiki).

Btw, the Synology package „MailStation“ (the roundcube web mailer) is also creating an alias (fpposchmann.de/mail) which is not configurable under the WebStation.

So, now I am happy with the standard Synology packages. But still there are no ways to configure aliases for „Virtual Hosts“, i.e. non-standard web packages. Too bad.

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