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    Multiple sites on one account

    What are the pros (other than saving money) and cons of having multiple sites (4) on one hosting account? Is it recommended to have separate accounts?

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    I'm assuming you mean in a shared hosting environment...

    Pros for multiple sites on one host:

    - Cost is cheaper than separate accounts (generally).
    - Nice to manage multiple sites from one control panel.

    Cons

    -All your eggs in one basket. Server fails = all your sites are down.
    -Could negatively effect SEO.

    Personally, I have use 2 hosting companies. My main server is a VPS which hosts my main website and a few others. And I have a shared cheapy account at Dreamhost that I host a dozen or so domains. If one server goes down, I have backups on both servers for all of my sites -- so I can switch my DNS and avoid a lot of downtime.

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    Hello,

    If the sites are with different content it will be not a problem for the SEO.
    Changing DNS is not very elegant solution, because it will need 24-48 hours to be updated.

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    Another potential downside is that one site's usage peak requiring temporary account suspension would lead to all sites being offline.
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    It definitely saves money. I do it with a lot of websites and never have run into any problems.

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    I think the biggest pro, even more than the money, is reduced administrative overhead.
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    May be you referred as hosting 4 domains on one single domain, like addon domains? Ofcourse that would make the task of hosting very simple. Hosting it as different sites would give each domain seperate control panels though.
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    For sites that are not critical, not a problem to host them in one account.

    I do host important sites separately. Don't put all eggs in one basket. This is especially true for sites that are difficult to move from one host account to another.

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    If having the sites always available is a critical factor then setting up two dedicated servers with a failover between then and hosting all the domains on both servers would resolve that issue. Whenever the main server goes down the failover would instantly redirect all traffic to the other server and no one would notice any difference. You'd also need software running to keep the two servers synced for all updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riverbirch View Post
    What are the pros (other than saving money) and cons of having multiple sites (4) on one hosting account? Is it recommended to have separate accounts?

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    If all web sites belong to you and operated by you that is good idea to have them with one account and save money.
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    Most Pros are Cons and vice versa since it depends on how you use account. If you are hosting a domain for someone you do not want to have access to your control panel then it's a con. If you find it easier to manage all your domains in one control panel it's a Pro.

    The only cons that are not subjective deal with domain management. When/if it becomes necessary to host one or more of the domains individually it would be helpful if they were set up this way initially.

    If you have no immediate need for large amounts of bandwidth or disk space consider a small reseller plan. Just be sure to get your plan from a host that does not oversell their plans.



    Quote Originally Posted by riverbirch View Post
    What are the pros (other than saving money) and cons of having multiple sites (4) on one hosting account? Is it recommended to have separate accounts?

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    a shared environment is generally chosen by individuals that are a bit tight on cash.
    Shared hosting can have negative impact on ones website but at the same Time Its cheaper than an vps or a Dedicated server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~ServerPoint~ View Post
    If all web sites belong to you and operated by you that is good idea to have them with one account and save money.
    I very much agree with your point on money saving part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni View Post
    I'm assuming you mean in a shared hosting environment...

    Pros for multiple sites on one host:



    Cons

    -All your eggs in one basket. Server fails = all your sites are down.
    -Could negatively effect SEO.
    negative effect sound like it will penalize for having all sites on same server which is not the case...
    only the valid point i can think of is...well the backlinks may not be counted....as it is from same ip...
    we have seen even if one site server is banned from google SRP ,but no effect of it on the other sites on same server

    one con i think is...
    it is really difficult to keep ip esp email server whitelisted.....ie if one website abuses mail server sending too many emails....mail site like yahoo tend to send mails from all sites in server to bulk folder in recipent mail...which can create problems for user registration and so on...
    (we have an experience...esp yahoo is too harsh on it..)


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