Hosting more than one website can be a bit of a headache. In the past I've always used Easily.co.uk to register domain names and host my PHP sites. For hosting Domino sites I've always used and never had any problems with the guys at Prominic.NET (I've even "kicked alien butt" with them on the MiB ride!). I hit a snag this week though that's making me think twice about using Easily in the future.
Obviously Easily want to make as much money as possible and so sell as many LAMP hosting packages as they can. If you register two domains you need to buy two hosting packages to have them both run a LAMP site. There's no way of pointing more than one domain to one LAMP package. What if I want to host a site for a friend without having to tell them to fork out for the cost?
Until I find a better host than Easily I am going to start hosting sites for friends using my Prominic.NET account. Using my Easily DNS settings I can use ANAME to point new domains to the IP address of this server. I can then use Internet Site documents to point the domain to the right database. This all works in theory but something is bothering me.
Last week I was talking a client through setting up Internet Sites on their Domino server. During the conversation I told them to be remain wary of their use. If anything strange starts to happen, they should start by suspecting the Internet Site documents. Beyond that vague warning I couldn't elaborate on why. This server once used Internet Sites and the documents are still there as proof, but they're disabled in the Server document. Why did I end up disabling them? I can't remember.
Later on tonight I will be going back to using Internet Site documents to control this server so that I can host other sites. I've just got a funny feeling there's a serious reason why I shouldn't. Anybody?