WHMExt Review (Web Host Manager Extension) Published: Sep 05, 2005
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Detailed guide explaining what virtual hosting is.

Virtual reseller hosting offers the appearance of a company's own server but the technical aspects of space sharing. Through virtual hosting, a developer can secure space on a server and have shared access to the server's features. Hosting companies provide this service by maintaining a large server and on that large server they maintain a number of virtual web hosts. The machine examines which "name" it is being called by and then responds appropriately. Thus, visitors to the site enter through the domain name of the developer and therefore cannot recognize that another company's server in fact, hosts the site.

Simply stated by Crowder and Crowder (2000), virtual servers are "nothing more than directories on a hard drive. The webmaster can make each one of the directories seem as though it were a fully functional web server". With a virtual web host, you will have your own identity, but you will not be required to maintain the equipment.

Virtual hosting packages are the most common on the Internet and offer a professional and well-established look for personal and small business web sites. Financially, the average virtual hosting account runs between $15 and $30 per month. Ample space and bandwidth for small businesses, multiple email accounts, cgi-bin access, and a T3 connection are common account features. Additional fees are often required for more advanced features including database software or SSL (secure server) functionality.

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Comments (4)

  • Gravatar - Steve
    Steve 20:07, November 2, 2005
    This script doesn't configure the right ports for Cpanel as 2082 and others by default for APF! <br />
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    It also leaves DEVEL_MODE="1"<br />
  • Gravatar - Michael
    Michael 08:23, November 3, 2005
    Great article. Very informative. This is the kind of information a novice admin needs.
  • Gravatar - good thing... Dev mode 1
    good thing... Dev mode 1 06:50, November 10, 2005
    Its a good thing that the dev mode is left @ 1 <br />
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    you can still change it - but you wont be locked out of your box for more than 5 minutes.... <br />
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    I agree - should tell ya - but this is still beta no? <br />
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    nice stuff !
  • Gravatar - Nova
    Nova 01:09, July 27, 2007
    This was wrtten September 5, 2005. Are there any updates for 2007 and beyond?

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