planning a project for a school class - need some advice

Discussion in 'General' started by Ovidiu, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member


    a local school class would like to implement some real life scenario into their courses. so they asked me if I could help them achieve the following scenario:

    I give them hosting for one domain and they want each of their students (lets assume its 30) ftp access, one DB, i.e. 30MB space and a certain ammount of traffic, so each student could/should be able to build his own website in the form of:, etc.
    The teacher is going to work with them and tutor them, I just need to make sure the server is prepared for this.

    now how could I do this? do I really need a separate website for each subdomain?
    can I use wildcard DNS setting on their side, aka let their current hoster set up and on their current host and then add a wildcard DNS entry so all other subdomains get redirected to my server - this way they coudl continue running their current schoolwebsite without moving around or any other problems.

    can I get some feedback on how to do this?

    I know it would be easieast to jsut set up 30 users for one domain and then let all of them acces their sites like this:, right? that just does a little clumsy, but what woudl be the advantages / disadvantages ?
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2007
  2. Ben

    Ben ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    Either you take this username construct to split them up,
    or you take one domain and create 30 webs having another hostname on that domain, e.g. domain with,...

    In my eyes both things are equal for solving your problem, the second one has the advantage ob beeing able to let a user access his area in the ispconfig adminpanel if desired.

    In the first case you only have to make sure, that the basic dns-name can be resolved, in the second case you either create a wildcard dns record or you have to create on for each subdomain.
  3. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    ok, I think I got that so far, but again, what would I need to set if I want the and domains to stay on the original server and only have all other subdomains forwarded to the testserver for this scenario?
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Yes, this should work. :)
  5. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    I am going to give it a try this weekend.
    thx for the advice.

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