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#9 Web Hosting - Dot5hosting
"You can create up to 5 add-on domains with each hosting account. This means you can actually host up to 6 different websites with just one account!"
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Multiple Domain Hosting - Host 6 Websites with 1 Hosting Account!
DWHS is the pioneer of multiple domain hosting. With each hosting account, 5 add-on domains are provided free of charge. That's why you can host up to 6 different websites with just 1 hosting account (the main site itself + extra 5 add-on sites).
This is a brilliant offer because most web hosts are offering incredible amounts of disk space and bandwidth, but the clients in most cases don’t even use up 10% of the allocated resources. These web hosts just throw in the big offer as a marketing strategy to attract the consumers by exploiting the 'the more the better' mindset. Consumers don’t realize that the 'large space' and 'large bandwidth' is practically useless, as they will probably never use most of the 'advertised' resources.
DWHS is the first genuine web host where the large disk space and bandwidth offered is not a mere marketing gimmick. They are making sure that you have the ability to exhaust the allocated resources by allowing you to host up to 6 different websites under the same hosting account!
I respect their way of doing business because they truly care about their customers and are not just here to exploit them. The other web hosts expect you to open a new account for each website that you want to host even when you have plenty of resources remaining in the first account. This means that you have to pay 6 times as much to get the same offer as what DWHS is offering. This is simply ridiculous.
I don’t need to be an oracle to predict that sooner or later, most other web hosts, including those currently in our Top 10 chart will have to follow DWHS’s lead by offering multiple domain hosting accounts. It's the future of web hosting as domain names are very cheap nowadays and many webmasters will usually want to have more than one website.
What are Add-on Domains, Multiple Domains, Domain Alias, Domain Parking, etc.?
You can skip this section if you already understand what these terms mean. Despite the confusing terminology, they all refer to 1 of 2 cases which we will be looking at below.
Now, let’s say you are already hosting "George-Bush.com" with a web host and you also have another domain called "US-President.com".
With domain alias/parking/pointing, US-President.com will be exactly the same as George-Bush.com. Both these domains will point to the SAME website. The alias itself will not contain any new content, it is merely a duplicate of the main site. The feature chart on your left and in our directory is referring to this.
With add-on domains, George-Bush.com and US-President.com will be 2 totally different sites. For example, George-Bush.com might be a site dedicated to George Bush himself while US-President.com can be a site dedicated to all the presidents in the history of the United States. Your web host simply creates a subdirectory in your main account for the add-on domain and the add-on site will share all the resources (diskspace, bandwidth, MySQL...) of your main site. In this way you don't need to pay for another hosting account if you want to host another site.
'Multiple domains' shall refer to add-on domains, but be aware that many web hosts are actually referring to domain pointers. So the phrase 'multiple domains' alone is a misleading one. But since the future of the web hosting would be 'multiple domain hosting', the phrase will slowly evolve to mean add-on domains.
Dot5 is providing 20 domain pointers and 5 add-on domains with each account.
Important Highlights of Dot5
Host 6 Websites with 1 Hosting Account
I've already taken the time to explain this in the previous section. This is the #1 reason why you should consider DWHS as compared to the other web hosts. You will have the chance to fully utilize all of your disk space and bandwidth.
CPanel Control Panel
They are also using our favorite CPanel control panel which we have introduced in our LunarPages review. CPanel beats the other control panels in terms of speed, features, and user friendliness. My advice to you is to always make the CPanel control panel your first choice (e.g. DWHS, LunarPages, midPhase) and vDeck as your second (e.g. iPowerWeb, StartLogic, Dot5Hosting). Try to avoid Plesk and H-Sphere as based on my experience, they are extremely slow.
Free 50 MySQL Databases
You can create up to 50 MySQL databases! For a quick comparison, LunarPages is only offering 3, iPowerWeb is offering 3 and PowWeb is offering 5. Even if you do not have an idea what is a MySQL database or you do not plan to use it, it is still very important that you have as many of them as possible. This is because most free scripts, including most of them in Fantastico, require a MySQL database to function properly!
By having 50 MySQL databases, it means that you can install as many scripts as you want through Fantastico! Since Fantastico currently has only 48 scripts, you will still have plenty of MySQL databases left after installing and trying out half of them!
Free Domain Name For Life
You will get a free domain name if you sign-up as a user for 1 or 2 years. And this domain will be FREE FOR LIFE as long as you continue to host your website with them! If you choose to sign-up for 3 or 6 months only, you will need to pay $10 for a 1 year registration of your domain. If you have already registered your domain name somewhere else, transfer your domain name to DWHS and get a 1 year renewal for free. All you need to do is sign-up under 'Transfer Clients' and they will assist you in transferring your domain name. No coupon code or promo code is needed for this offer.
Even if you do not wish to transfer your domain name, you are still entitled to the FREE domain. Instead of signing up for your hosting account with the existing domain name, sign-up with a brand new domain name. Since you can host up to 6 websites with the hosting account, you can then add your existing domain by utilizing one of the add-on domains. :)
Free Private Whois Service for Your Domain Name
Every domain that is registered requires for some contact information to be made available to the public. This is called the domain 'whois' information. This information allows others to contact the domain owner easily. However, marketing companies and spammers have abused the whois information by harvesting email addresses and making use of them. Although this is illegal, it still happens as it is hard to control.
One way to fight this is to have the information of a third party show up in the whois information, like a 'trust'. So, in order to reach the real domain owner, they have to go through the 'trust' and if it is a legitimate contact, the 'trust' will then forward the message to the real owner. It protects your email address from SPAM.
DWHS is providing a free private whois service where you can use them as the 'trust'. You will still own the full rights of your domain name and have full control over it. If at any time you wish to change the whois information or the DNS settings, you can do it via the domain control panel.
Excellent Customer Support
Personally, customer support is always my first criteria for picking a web host, it comes before price, size and everything else. This is because I have had very bad experiences with some hosts that offer a lot in terms of price and size but were unable to solve simple issues.
Dot5's Promise to Our Visitors
They seem commited to helping their customers.
The one experience that I will never forget is DWHS’s signup process. I have signed up with more than 20 web hosts and all of them take the manual verification approach. What that means is that I will have to select a domain name, enter my billing information and click the 'submit' button. Then I will have to wait a few hours and even at times up to a few days before I can start using my account. This is because their billing team needs to verify and process my payment manually.
But with DWHS, the experience is both refreshing and enlightening! As usual, I will have to pick a domain name, enter my billing info and click 'submit'. The next page contains a thank you note along with the 'Login to the Control Panel' button. This means my account is created instantly and I can start using it immediately! This is simply amazing.
You will get what you pay for instantly. You won’t need to repeatedly check your inbox and wonder when your account will be created. You will also receive your 'welcome email' immediately. This contains a lot of precious information about your hosting account. However, my welcome email was delivered to my JUNK mail folder. So you might want to check that folder too if it doesn’t show up in your inbox.
What Should You Do?
Well, you should always try to stay ahead of the pack if you can. Since multiple domain hosting will be the trend of the future, you should pick a host that provides this service. I am transferring many of my sites to DWHS myself because it will be saving me a lot of money. With a DWHS hosting account, I can also create smaller websites such as mini blogs without the need to pay for a new hosting account.
When the traditional '1 domain per account' web hosts are not getting the same amount of sales they are getting today, they will have to follow DWHS in offering multiple domain hosting accounts. If you already have an existing hosting account, write to them and tell them that you are looking forward for them to offer multiple domain hosting. If they don't keep up with the trend, they will be eliminated.