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VPS v2: Virtual Subhosting: Multiple Domain Hosting Support

bullet Introduction

Virtual Subhosting is one of the most useful features of the Virtual Private Server. This feature allows you to support multiple domain names that each resolve to their own unique subdirectories on a single Virtual Private Server. In other words, you can host and on the same Virtual Private Server, each with its own domain name and unique site content. You can also offer each Virtual Subhost customer their own unique FTP login with access to their own subdirectory and e-mail addresses using their own domain name.

When used correctly, Virtual Subhosting offers you a powerful, low-cost product that you can use to get your "foot in the door" with prospective clients. You can use Virtual Subhosting to provide clients with a small sample site for to per month, later upgrading them to their own full Virtual Private Server as their needs expand.


bullet Subhosting Limitations

Virtual Subhosting has many advantages, but each subhost can create a load on your server. Because the traffic, content, and load generated by a Web site can vary significantly from one site to another, we can not give exact numbers of subhosts a single server can handle. You should be aware, however, that CGI scripts, dynamic content, and heavy traffic sites will need more of your VPS than simple static content sites.


bullet Configuration

Configuring Virtual Subhosts requires several steps, but is a generally easy task. The following links are provided to help guide you through the process:

  • vaddhost

    The vaddhost utility is an interactive, command-line program that automates the process of configuring Virtual Subhosts.

  • Manually Configuring Virtual Subhosts

    It is possible to configure Virtual Subhosts by hand. These instructions include directions for setting up cgi-bin access, separate web server log files, and other features.

  • Virtusertable - Providing E-Mail for Virtual Subhosts

    The virtusertable provides domain-based mapping for E-mail


bullet Virtual Subhosting Help

The following documents provide in-depth information about Virtual Subhosting.

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