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Unmentioned By cPanel May 10, 2008

Posted by ismywebsite in uptime.
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Well, if you want to start a small hosting site, or even a medium sized hosting site, cPanel is the way to go. Want more than 1000 users or subdomains however, and cPanel quickly becomes a nightmare.

Now, 8000 subdomains? With cPanel, not a chance.

Which is why my script to create the subdomains was still running earlier today, and finally resulted in my account being suspended for a brief period when CPU usage reached 70%. You may recall that for increased reliability of the main domain, I am using a shared hosting account on SurfWebHost.

Now, the solution, LayeredPanel, is specifically designed to “host over 40,000+ accounts”. Enough to sustain our future growth as well as current situation. As soon as this upgrade is complete, all subdomains will soon follow.

All client accounts will still be hosted on cPanel, as this is what I know is preferred and for your patience you deserve the best.

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1. pvcsnathan - May 11, 2008

Ouch…I suppose that’s another reason to not have that many people on one server. Going with the many different domains is a good way to go since it will split everything up accordingly.

2. J,R,D, Ltd - May 11, 2008

So you are going to have LayeredPanel on your account at surfwebhost but all user accounts will still be using CPanel right?

3. ismywebsite - May 11, 2008

That’s the thought.

So far, I’ve got into a LayeredPanel account which is separate, however it’s essentially free hosting and they need to upgrade it before I can build the subdomains.

I’m also going to see if using Cron to create a sub-domain every minute wont work since that should in theory lower the CPU usage substantially. (Will take a lot longer though, but we can re-open without the subdomains. They aren’t actually that important.)

4. J,R,D, Ltd - May 11, 2008

Well that should work and with 8,000 sub-domains at 1 sub/minute it should take about 133.3 hours which is about 5 and a half days for all the sub-domains to be added. Not too bad a wait after launch if our sites will be accessible without them on launch day. And if you start it soon then according to your other post which shows it could be afew days before IMW is ready to launch then it could be done on launch day.


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