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    What can I do with a reseller account?

    I am thinking of getting a cheap reseller account for personal use.

    Do any of youse people know if there is anything useful that can be done with such an account? By useful I mean is there any extra control afforded to a reseller acount such as an enhanced control panel or functionality beyond setting up other accounts with WHM?

    Could I somehow make a subdomain accessable by typing http://www.subdomain.domain.com instead of http://subdomain.domain.com?

    Could I give a subdomain its own email system - in other words have an email address like user@subdomain.domain.com?

    Could I setup a website without a domain name by using the IP address of the server and a name that I concocted such as http://<_IP_ADDRESS>/concocted_site_name?

    etc.. etc..


    If these questions reveal the fact that I'm a total idiot when it comes to matters of domains, IP addresses, and reseller accounts, then I guess I am. But please indulge me anyway and just tell me I'm wasting my money or something like that.


    Thanks

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    Hi tomat,

    Yes, with a Reseller account, (and I'm guessing you are using CPanel/WHM), you get better control of all your sub-accounts, in certain areas, such as changing passwords, setting bandwidth/disk quota limits, and various other features and options.

    As for your questions about sub-sub-domains, these are not related to a reseller account, rather, they are DNS questions.

    Let me answer your questions 1 by 1:

    Could I somehow make a subdomain accessable by typing http://www.subdomain.domain.com instead of http://subdomain.domain.com?
    You can do this without a Reseller account even, by just asking your host's administrator to add an CNAME record to your DNS zone file, as follows:
    www.subdomain.domain.com. IN CNAME subdomain.domain.com.
    or
    *.subdomain.domain.com. IN CNAME subdomain.domain.com.
    or
    *.domain.com. IN CNAME domain.com.

    (however the 2nd choice would point all subdomains too... you might not want that).

    Could I give a subdomain its own email system - in other words have an email address like user@subdomain.domain.com?
    Sure, and there are many ways to do this, depending on how much control you want to give your user, you can either just create a new whole new account with that subdomain via your WHM, or you can add mail accounts individually to subdomains via your CPanel.
    Other higher-end options include setting up your own virtual mail system on the server, but that is a bit more involved.


    Could I setup a website without a domain name by using the IP address of the server and a name that I concocted such as http://<_IP_ADDRESS>/concocted_site_name?
    Yes. Do it as follows:
    1) create an IP-based account via your WHM

    2) create subfolders under the site's public_html, e.g. public_html/concocted_site_name1/, public_html/concocted_site_name2/, etc

    I hope the above has been of any assistance to you.

    And please, never be afraid to ask. That's how one learns.
    Only one who stays quiet and doesen't ask is the ignorant one.


    Regards,
    Jeff
    Jeff@aaBBaa.com

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    Thanks for the info. BTW, the user in this case is me. I'm not looking to sell anything - I just want MORE CONTROL.

    Any other tthought on this?

    Thanks!

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    Tomat,

    I use a reseller account for my own sites too...I don't resell anything. The most I'm going to do of that is give some space to a local non-prof organization that I'm a member of.

    As Jeff mentioned, you can do all of those things with and some without a reseller account.

    I like it because I can host several websites under one account for one set price. Separate sites at $10 each can get a little pricey. Plus I can install programs like squirrelmail on my main site and then use that on all of my other sites to check email....that way I don't have to do install it several times.

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