Shared Domain (Secondary Domains)
In this method, we register additional domains and set them up to point to
different subdirectories of your primary account. When a user goes to the
URL of the secondary domain, they get a different opening page than if they
went to the primary domain. There is only one underlying account, but there
are many domain names registered to it.
As an example, suppose you are a web designer specializing in
car companies (www.car.com), and
in addition to your web site (which highlights your design business),
you maintain web sites for 2 customers (www.toyota.com and www.ford.com). You
can set up your web directory as follows:
www.car.com~/html index.html, etc... for Car Designs, Inc.
www.toyota.com~/html/toyota index.html, etc... for Toyota Automobiles
www.ford.com~/html/ford index.html, etc... for Ford Motor Company
With your single ftp/telnet password, you can upload all of the files for
the different web sites. Your primary domain is car.com, and secondary
domains are toyota.com and ford.com.
Since there is only one underlying account
everything except web directories are shared among all the domains:
e-mail addresses, disk space, traffic allowance, ftp/telnet and access
passwords, etc... We charge $20 to setup each secondary domain name,
and $10/month for service.
The advantage of shared domain accounts are
Some issues you need to be aware of when deciding on using shared domains
- Easy to maintain - one password, one directory tree.
- Can share some files, exaple: common images, cgi-scripts, etc...
- Lower cost than independent accounts
- Disk and traffic allowance is totalled for the entire account. This may
not be an issue if you have many "small" sites, 50 Mb. disk and 4 Gb/mo. of
traffic goes a long way.
- There is only one ftp and telnet password, so this may not be appropriate
if you are not the maintainer for all the sites.
- You can setup e-mail addresses at any of the domains, example:
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; however all addresses are
shared, you cannot have both firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com.
Mail for the same username is treated the same way. To set up different
mail addresses across shared domains means you need to set different usernames
for different users, example: firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com.
- There is only one ExpressMail and POP account (that comes with the
primary account) which has access to all
the mailboxes. If you need to deliver e-mail to many users at different
companies, you may have to order additional ExpressMail or POP accounts, or
setup the mail addresses to forward to their ISP.
- You can setup the domains as 3rd level domains, examples: ford.car.com
and toyota.car.com, which point to their respective web directories. You
save the InterNIC fee.
- If you use FrontPage to publish your web site(s), you can create
subwebs for each of the secondary directories. You can also assign
different adminstrative and authoring users for each subweb - so it is
possible to delegate web site maintenance priveledges to other webmasters
who use FrontPage without giving them the account passwords.
- Some older browsers (older Mosaic, AOL) may not work properly when
going to the secondary domains, they will bring up the primary domain home
page. The reason is they use the IP address to select the web site rather
than the URL. Although these browsers are rarely used nowadays, your
design may have to accomodate them.
This is a good time to mention Aliased Domains, having more than one
domain point to the SAME web site. You may want to grab a bunch of
related domain names, maybe for business/advertising/competitive advantage or
perhaps you operate under different company names, and have them all point
to your web site. Example: you run a perfume shop
(www.perfume.com) but also register www.scents.com and www.cologne.com
to point to the same web site.
As with shared domains, we charge the $20 setup fee for the
secondary domains (scents.com and cologne.com), but we DONT CHARGE the $10
monthly fee for aliased domains (they point to the same directory).
You are welcome to populate your account with whatever content you like (within
reason), including web sites for different organizations in different
subdirectories, example: suppose your domain is beach.com, you can
create subdirectories daytona, miami, venice, etc... and have
corresponding URLs http://www.beach.com/daytona, http://www.beach.com/miami,
http://www.beach.com/venice, etc.... This is your space and you can do
with it what you will, resell it, whatever. We dont have restrictions
on subdirectories as some other web hosting companies have.
Create as many subdirectories as you want to (with
FrontPage these are called sub-webs).
- There is no additional cost to subhost web sites, as long as they all
go through your primary domain name.
- The URL is not as easy to remember as a registered domain.
BigBiz Internet Services
also has a referral program which may be of interest to you. If you
have many contacts, perhaps know other web designers, pass on the word
of our web hosting services. If they open accounts with us, we will credit
you with a referral bonus as a thank you. You can read additional details