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With low cost of domain names and low
hosting fees it is common to own several websites. There are a few ways
to manage multiple domains. It's important to know the advantages and
disadvantages of each method.
The most basic choice is whether or not to administer your domains with
the same host. Most web hosts offer packages which can be set up to
allow several sites on one account, or allow individual sites to be
operated under separate accounts.
You may have an existing website and like
the services your host provides. By starting a new website with the same
host you get the reassurance of dealing with a company you know.
Sometimes you may get a discount for every additional account with the
Using a different host for a new website will let you compare the
quality of hosting services offered by different companies. In addition,
separate hosts will provide each of your websites with a different IP
Having different IP addresses is useful if you plan to link the sites
together for search engine optimization. Incoming links are very
important: a website with many incoming links will get a higher position
in most search engines. If the links are coming from the same IP address
their value will be discounted.
Hosting your websites with different hosting companies guarantees that
they have different IP addresses. An individual IP address is available
at extra cost from most companies. For a fee each website can have its
own unique IP address. Having a unique IP address is required if you
want to have a secure connection (https) enabled on your site.
If you decide to host all your websites with the same company, there are
three basic ways to go. Each site could have its own account, you could
sign up for a reseller account, or you could get a dedicated server
Hosting all your websites with one host has a few advantages, but there
is one major disadvantage – if your server goes down, all your sites go
down. If you depend on your sites for income this can be painful and
it's a good idea to have at least one of your sites with a different
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