A multi-domain package:Is there more than one public-html folder on server?

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I have a "multi-domain" hosting package from my provider(site5), I have the capability to host 5 domains. I was wondering what this means. How are the folders organised are there 5 different public_html folders or just one? Does does Google see these sites, are they genuinely seen as separate domains, with no relation to each other? They will all be on the same IP address, is there a possibility the 5 sites will seen as one site rather than 5. Is there a better more seo friendly(if this is not friendly) way to do this or does it not matter?
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  • Profile picture of the author robitn4
    There is only one public_html folder.
    When you add domains, they'll be organized in their own folders under public_html.

    Typical structure:
    home / yourusername / public_html / your_first_domain_name
    home / yourusername / public_html / your_addon_domain_name
    home / yourusername / public_html / another_addon_domain_name

    Your CPanel takes care of this setup for you. But ask your hosting provider since some differ in how they implement this stuff.

    The search engines see each domain separately.

    It seems currently, SEO consultants say that search engines give no regard to having many domains on the same IP. Many hosting providers put hundreds of domains on a single IP.
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  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    Thank you so much for that reply robitn4. I waited for ages for someone to respond. Yes you cleared it up nicely for me. I was concerned that if I had one domain the other domains would be seen as sub-folders of the first domain, such as:

    home / yourusername / public_html / your_first_domain_name
    home / yourusername / public_html / your_first_domain_name/addon_domain_name
    .etc

    From what you have shown the first domain(and all subsequent domains) is a sub-folder of the public_html folder. I appreciate you explaining this to me, I have not yet used any domains apart from the first because of my concerns.
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  • Profile picture of the author rarebiz
    maindomain.com
    xxxx/public_html/

    subdomain.maindomain.com
    xxxx/public_html/subdomain

    addondomain.com
    xxxx/public_html/addondomain.com

    subdomain.addondomain.com
    xxxx/public_html/addondomain.com/subdomain

    Might vary depend on your host, but basically structured just like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    rarebiz

    maindomain.com
    xxxx/public_html/

    addondomain.com
    xxxx/public_html/addondomain.com

    From how you show it, are you saying the addondomain is a subfolder of the public_html, whereas the main domain is integral to it? However if the public_html organises this behind the scenes as it were and all the search engine sees are the domain and also addon domains as TLD then that should be OK.
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    • Profile picture of the author dancom96
      Originally Posted by madison_avenue View Post

      rarebiz
      From how you show it, are you saying the addondomain is a subfolder of the public_html, whereas the main domain is integral to it? However if the public_html organises this behind the scenes as it were and all the search engine sees are the domain and also addon domains as TLD then that should be OK.
      The search engine can't tell if it's in a subfolder or not. If you host a new TLD, /public_html/addondomain.com, would act exactly the same as /public_html with your original domain.
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