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Question about Add-on Domains

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by unlearn1, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. unlearn1

    unlearn1 Registered

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    Hello,

    I'm a high school English teacher and I use CPanel for my site at wordpress.org.

    I use SuperGreenHosting as my host, and they give me unlimited bandwidth and disc space, so I was thinking about creating add-on domains for each of my students (about 70 of them) so that they could each have their own website (after they pay for domain name registration).

    Is there anything dangerous (in terms of slowing up the server, etc.) about creating so many add-on domains under my account? Should I look into the reseller route instead?

    I sincerely appreciate any help you can give me!!

    Matt
     
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    vanessa Well-Known Member
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    I wouldn't go the route of having 70 addon domains. While your host may claim unlimited, all hosts have a reasonably expectation of acceptable use. Meaning, having 70 sites on your account can post a resource problem and if it inconveniences your host, they'll either ask you to move, or suspend your account.

    From my experience as a system admin for a web hosting company, I'd advise you to purchase a VPS plan and set up WHM to create separate accounts for each site. This way your students will also have access to cPanel instead of just FTP,, and you can easily separate sites that become problematic.
     
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    Thanks, and another quick couple questions if you don't mind

    Thanks for the quick response Vanessa: that's tremendously helpful. Just 2 more things I need to clarify:

    1. When you say "VPS plan", is that the same thing as a reseller account?

    2. Would purchasing the VPS and setting up WHM be a steep learning curve, or relatively manageable? I'm reasonably confident in figuring out tech stuff: I just want to make sure that I'm not biting off more than I can chew.

    Thanks again,

    Matt
     
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    cPanelDavidG Technical Product Specialist

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    In a VPS (or dedicated server) plan, you are essentially running your own server. With a reseller account, someone else is running the server, but you can create many separate cPanel accounts. The ability to create many separate cPanel accounts is useful if you want to expose your students to something closer to a "real world" hosting environment.

    If you're just looking to have a WordPress-based blogging platform for your students, you may consider using WordPress MU. I'm not intimately familiar with WordPress MU, but I do know that features requested by WordPress MU users such as wildcard subdomain support are now part of cPanel.

    If you choose to run your own server, installing WHM is pretty simple even if you just have basic command line skills, but we also offer a free installation service.

    Since you are a staff member at an educational institution, if you choose to run your own cPanel/WHM server then I recommend emailing cs@cpanel.net as they have special licensing options available for educational institutions.
     
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