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8:01 pm on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I want to host multiple domains on one hosting account. The plan is to provide 'virtual hosting' for sites I build for others. So I want to host 5-to-15 small low traffic sites one account. Each would have their own domain.

Does anyone have experience with this type of config?

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10:37 pm on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yes, any shared host can help you with this. If you want to pay for one IIS account, then you might need to contract for a dedicated server.
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Virtual dedicated server or a full dedicated box is probably the way to go.. That way you can have access to IIS through RDP.
3:19 pm on Jan 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you dont need to configure the iis or active directory, you could start with low budget shared server, then go dedicated when you need morte control.

On a shared server you can do limited windows and iis management with a web based control panel accessed over ssl. e.g create email & ftp accounts, view log files, create new wesites

Depends on budget and how much control of the system you need.

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ev1servers.net or serverbeach.com, will give you your own win2003 box with 1000GB for around $100. You have to do your own admin work though
2:03 pm on Jan 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Have you ever managed a dedicated server before? If not, you may want to start with shared hosting. I spent about 3 years on shared hosting and then after developing 11 sites, made the move to a windows 2003 dedicated server. There was a lot involved in learning it and at times I thought I made a mistake. But I am glad I made the move. My sites are almost always up and they all run fast and stable.

I am using crystaltech.com and renting a server for 80 bucks a month. Their service is a true 24/7. You can even call them on the phone on Christmas Eve (middle of the night) and find someone willing to give you tech support.

The best place to go when looking for a host is a forum called Web Hosting Talk. That board is where it's at when it comes to anything to do with hosting. It is very active and people are very open about how they feel about their hosts - both good and bad.

Before you get talked into something by a salesman or an impressive webpage, go to Web Hosting Talk and do a search on the name of the host you are considering. You might find they have one of the worst reputations in the industry. Choosing a host can make you or break you.

3:34 pm on Jan 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have an iis shared server account that provides 5 domains, 50 subdomains, a MSSQL Database, a mySQL database, and all the bells and whistles you could want for < $20/month. No phone number. Tech support is email or online chat only. Online chat techs are ok with simple problems. You have to confuse them with jargon if you want to get the sysadmin online.

But I have very few problems with them. I'm happy enough that I'm about to get another 5 domains from them.

There are plenty of them out there.

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You guys are awsome. Thanks for the input.