One question people often ask is whether they can host more than one website on their domain name so this post will help to clear up this issue.
The basic answer is a definite Yes. You can host more than one domain name on your web hosting package and there are two main ways to do this:
- Addon Domains
- Reseller Hosting
- Virtual Private Server (VPS)
Let’s look at each in turn so that you can make an informed decision:
The Addon Domain feature can be used with shared hosting plans. If you login to your cPanel hosting control panel you will see an option for Addon Domains. Instructions for Addon Domains are here.
When you use Addon Domains you can actually host extra full websites, each with their own email addresses. This is really useful if you run these websites because you don’t need to worry about giving out control panel logins to anyone else such as a client whose website you are hosting.
Before you add your domains you need to first double check that the domain names you wish to add have the same Nameserver settings as the main domain name. This is really important otherwise the Addon domain will not work.
You can update your domain’s nameservers through your domain management area.
The advantages of Addon Domains are that they are quick and cheap and offer the simplest way to host multiple domain names.
On the downside they offer less control and are best suited to people who want to host multiple websites that they own themselves.
So, we have seen that Addon Domains are perfect if you run all of the websites that you are adding. However, let’s say that you are offering hosting services to your clients. Maybe you are a web designer, web developer or other type of web professional and you sell value added hosting services to your clients.
In this case Addon domains would not be the best option for you and a Reseller Hosting would be the best option.
With a Reseller account you get a bulk amount of diskspace and bandwidth on the server and you can host as many sites as you like within these limits.
You get a Reseller Control Panel called WHM which is where you administer all of your accounts. Each time you create a new hosting account in WHM you are creating a new cpanel account for that individual domain name.
This is an important point, because with Addon Domains this was not the case. Let’s say that you decided to use Addon Domains for your clients. For security reasons you would not want to give them access to your main cPanel account. If you did they would have access to your (and your other clients) sensitive data like email addresses.
Apart from the security side it wouldn’t be very practical for you to have to make every small change that your clients request such as creating new email addresses, resetting passwords etc.. It’s far better to allow your clients to self manage. They prefer it and it’s better for you too.
But with a Reseller Account this just won’t happen because each domain name has its own unique cPanel account created each time you add a new account in WHM. That way your clients can self manage.
One last point is that as with Addon Domains you need to make sure that any domains you host under a Reseller Hosting account have the same nameservers. You can also set Custom Nameservers if you wish.
So in summary, Reseller Hosting is the best choice for customers who wish to offer hosting services to their clients. It offers the convenience of giving each of them a unique cPanel login so that they can manage their own affairs such as creating email addresses, resetting passwords etc..
Of course, as your business starts to grow you may wish to have a more powerful solution. That’s where a Virtual Private Server comes into play.
Virtual Private Server (VPS)
A VPS is similar to a Reseller account but it has three main advantages.
Let’s look at each in turn.
When it comes to power a VPS offers a much more powerful solution than a Reseller account. A VPS is when a physical server (or servers) are separated into virtual or logical units. This is a process known as Virtualization.
This allows each VPS to be allocated a certain amount of the server’s key resources such as CPU and RAM as well as a choice of the type of hard drive such as SAS or SSD. This makes VPS much more powerful than a Reseller account where these resources are shared amongst all of the other clients on the server.
But you can also scale up if you feel that you want the extra power. This may be because you or one of your customers needs some extra power for their website or application or purely to scale up as you take on more customers and you want to offer a consistently high level of service.
Also with a VPS you can self provision by upgrading to the next plan or choosing the appropriate level of CPU, Diskspace or RAM that you need.
Finally, VPS give you extra flexibility to configure your server exactly as you want it and to cater for the software that you want to run and to give you the access you need. The thing is that you may find a Reseller account restricts the applications you can run or maybe it is too restrictive in terms of security (i.e. SSH not allowed). This won’t happen with a VPS – you are in complete control.
Addon Domains are an economical way for you to get the most out of your hosting without the need to purchase individual accounts each time. They are not best suited to people selling hosting though as the cPanel access will prove to be a bottleneck.
A better option in these cases is a Reseller Hosting account where each account you create in WHM generates an individual cPanel account for your clients. This allows them to manage their own accounts rather than asking you to make changes for them.
If you need extra power, scalability and flexibility you should consider a VPS which allows you to decide exactly how the server is setup and allows you room to grow without restrictions
We hope you have found this tutorial useful on how many websites you can host on one domain.
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