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Multiple domains best practices

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by verdon, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. verdon

    verdon Well-Known Member

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    I posted this in the general forum yesterday, but perhaps it should have been here. Apologies if I am doing wrong by reposting in this forum...

    Greetings from blustery Northern Ontario,

    We are a small to mid-size development company which hosts the majority of our client's sites.

    I have just gotten a new server with a cPanel/WHM environment. I am working towards moving from an unreliable provider, where I have about 30 domains currently hosted. The environment I have there is a reseller hSphere package. On my old server, I setup one 'service' domain, which we used to manage all of our clients from one login. This was very convenient, from both a cp and ftp point of view. None of my clients require or receive a control panel.

    I've just spent a number of hours digging through these forums to try and determine what would be my best approach in emulating this sort of setup in cPanel/WHM. Of course, there are many and diverse opinions. I currently have created one reseller account for ourselves, so that my staff is not logging in as root on a regular basis. I'm debating on where to proceed from here.

    It sounds as if using addon domains in my reseller account (as opposed to creating cPanel accounts for all our clients) is the way to best emulate the hSphere environment we are moving from. It also seems as if there are a number of pitfalls to this approach, such as buggy creation of addon domains and major inconveniences if we move these accounts to another cPanel/WHM box in the future, to accomodate growth.

    My gut is telling me that in the long run, it might be better to create individual cpanel accounts for all our hosted domains, even if we are the only ones using these cpanels. This approach would be a LOT less convenient for my staff than the hSphere environment they are used to working in, but sounds more robust. I'm just kind of throwing this out there and hoping for some experienced opinion. This migration is a whole lot of unpaid work for me, that I hope to not to have to repeat down the road. I'd really like to get it right the first time.

    Are there any thoughts out there you'd care to share?

    TIA and best regards,
    verdon
     
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    B12Org Well-Known Member

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    I think that making individual accounts would be better, as using addons is kinda shaky, especially when you do alot of them, and I am not sure that it will have the same effect that you are looking for. The individual accounts leaves a lot of room for flexibility, and you are still able to administer the accounts both as a group, and individually. There will be certain instances that you will need to go into some cpanels individually, however that is a small price to have to pay. There is a liitle more setup work involved in making them all their own accounts, but a lot less upkeep and maintenance, especially if your users are not going to use the cpanel interface. Plus, going that route, you will be able to give your customers the cpanel interface if necessary or desired in the future.
     
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    verdon Well-Known Member

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    Thank You :)
     
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    Sure, no prob. Just my two cents.
     
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    verdon Well-Known Member

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    with the conversion between US and CA, that's worth more than you think :D
     
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    what conversion is that?
     
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    2 cents US is worth about 2.7 cents Canadian. ;)
     
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    Oh, lol. Ok now I get it. Sorry, I am little slow some times! Lol
     
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