- To make a file system outside of the document root accessible.
- To block access to certain resources.
- To setup user-level authentication for certain resources.
- To create mount points for external applications.
- To redirect requests to another location.
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The type of context created determines it's usage.
Static context can be used to map a URI to a directory either outside document root or within it.
Java Web App context is used to automatically import a predefined Java Application in an AJPv13 compilant Java servlet engine.
Servlet context is used to import a specific servlet under a web application.
Fast CGI context is a mount point of Fast CGI application.
LiteSpeed SAPI context can be used to associate a URI with an LSAPI application.
Proxy context enables this virtual host to serve as a transparant reverse proxy server to an external web server or application server.
CGI context can be used to specify a directory only contains CGI scripts.
Load Balancer context can be used to assign a different cluster for that context.
Redirect context can set up an internal or external redirect URI.
App Server context is specifically used for Rack/Rails, WSGI, and Node.js applications.
Module handler context is a mount point of hander type modules.