Why segregating your domains is a good choice

Posted at December 12, 2015 at 9:07 am by Stacey Talieres


Having a website gives you a sense of ownership much like owning your house after you have made the final payment on your mortgage. Like most things in life a website entails hard work and requires time effort and lots of patience.  Most people often begin with one website and depending upon how that goes they often begin to develop a portfolio much like any valued asset. As your portfolio grows the amount of space needed to support it will expand accordingly.  So generally our thought process as humans would be to link our accounts in an effort to ensure efficiency, however in this particular instance this doesn’t hold true. No one is denying that one cPanel account provides a level of convenience however when adding additional domains to one account you run a major security risk. If any of the websites under your single account are compromised it can affect all the domains associated with the account. (Think Domino Effect) This is due to the directory structure of how all your sub-domains and add-on domains reside in the same public directory as sub-directories. They are owned by the same user, which makes it easier for the attacker to gain access to the rest of your domains therefore an attack that could have been an isolated issue has now become a global issue across all your sites. Below we have outlined some key points as to why segregating your domains is the right way to go!

  • Security and the risk of ‘Cross Site Contamination’ (A rogue site can damage the remaining
    websites on the account.)
  •  Resource Utilization.
  •  There is no unique backup solution for add-on domains.
  •  Versatility.

Resource allocation is preconfigured for accounts on shared hosting servers (Interserver uses CloudLinux, which creates a virtual, isolated and secure environment for each individual cPanel account).

This sets a limit per user, preventing accounts from competing with each other over resources, causing performance degradation across the entire server.

CloudLinux also offers a certain amount of flexibility, allowing you to select a PHP version that best suits your website configuration. You can also enable/disable PHP modules on the fly. However, this feature applies to the entire cPanel account, changing PHP settings for all domains under it.

If you intend to host multiple domains, a reseller account may be a better option for you. After all, keeping your domains segregated is a wise choice when it comes to security and flexibility.

cPanel offers a backup solution, which helps you take full or partial backups of your account. It would be a difficult challenge if you only have a cPanel backup for an account which has 25 websites while intending to restore only one domain.

If you are on the hunt for webhosting InterServer is a great option. Established in 1999 as a premier web hosting provider located in Secaucus, New Jersey,  with two 4,000 SF fully secured data centers. We offer 24/7 superior support, InterServer provides a 30 day money back guarantee on shared hosting, along with 99.5% uptime and a 100% power guarantee. We recently launched our price lock guarantee across our website for more information please visit http://www.interserver.net/

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