What is Multihosting
Multihosting is the hosting of more domains of the second level connected to one account. Control of multihosting should be very easy, especially the addition of a new domain. I understand the service in a way that it is not necessary to take care of the operating system as we know it from VPS, Cloud or server hosting. Multihosting is a better fit for many smaller websites connected to one account or for one slightly bigger website and a few smaller ones around it.
- It saves your money – Instead of buying 15 separate web hostings, you can buy just one multihosting.
- Easy addition of another website– If you want to be able to add another website and not have to deal with settings that much, you can create new website very easily with “Alias multihosting”
- One administration of CMS– Alias multihosting enables central administration and updating of the whole editorial system which is used for all websites.
- You don‘t have to take care of a server– You don‘t have to take care of server settings or OS settings.
Four types of multihosting exist, and because each of them works a bit differently, I will describe their function using the example of the utilization of CMS WordPress. I run two of the following by myself.
- Alias multihosting (edited webhosting) – The most famous example of this type of multihosting is WordPress multisite installation with the domain mapping function. It is simply enough to buy standart webhosting, activate aliases and turn on the domain mapping plugin. It works like this – thanks to WordPress multisite (subdomain installation), you can create subdomain example.domain.com and map domain example.com with the help of aliases of this subdomain. A huge advantage is administration – to each website you assign an administrator or editor if you don’t want to let anybody else to administer it. This is a really quick way to create a new website.
- Directory Multihosting (edited webhosting) – The principle of directory multihosting is the installation of separate WordPress to folders to which you address relevant domains. It is also necessary to buy a package with aliases if the webhosting doesn’t have them. This setting can differ according to the hosting. Each web will therefore have a separate installation, and you have to take care of each of them separately. A disadvantage is security risk- when someone hacks one of your installations of WordPress (malware, hacker etc.), there is a certain risk that it can hack other installations in other directories. Directory multihosting is very convenient for hosting more HTML pages. You create a directory, load html files into it and finally direct the domain to it. It is possible to do so with alias hosting multihosting as well.
- Multihosting (service) – Some companies offer multihosting services, and two types of these services exist:
- Number of domains – In this case, it is usually a package of hostings. It is a good choice.
- Package with unlimited number of domains – It is a virtual server, where the performance and disk space are limited. It doesn’t matter how many domains you create, it is actually hidden VMS.
- VMS – The last type of multihosting is VMS (virtual managed server). Multihosting service with an unlimited number of domains is actually VMS, thus a virtual server with certain performance limitations whose service provider takes care of it. I currently use VMS, where I create new domains and space for them with or without databases and email accounts. That is my solution for less visited pages that share one virtual server.
Abroad you see multihosting more often. If we focus on WordPress, WPengine offers multihosting for 10 domains together with basic hosting. A lot of foreign service providers of web hosting (shared hosting) do it the same way.
Administration of multihosting
Multihosting should be easy to administer, and the user shouldn’t have to take care of the administration of the OS and related stuff. If you have VMS, you can easily add a domain and establish hosting to it. At Alias multihosting you add alias and at Directory Multihosting , you direct the alias to a certain folder.
Mass administration: “One rules them all”
Easy administration of alias multihosting based on WordPress multisite and domain mapping could be a reason to take multihosting into account. You perform an update just once, set up security also just once, and you can activate plugins for all web pages or separately.
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