How to Add Additional Domain to Hostgator Hosting

I have previously posted a detailed review of Hostgator hosting, and despite problems I have had with Hostgator in the past, they are still one of the best hosting solutions for WordPress.

Hostgator offers various hosting plans, the most popular of which is the Baby hosting plan.  This plan offers unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage and unlimited domains. This means that with one Baby hosting plan, you can host unlimited websites! I personally host five medium traffic websites on Hostgator’s Baby plan, and my up-time is great.

Additional Domain To Hostgator Hosting

Many new users who sign up for Hostgator are unaware of the opportunity to place an add-on domain (or several) into their Hostgator account. In this tutorial, I will explain how you can add more domains to your Hostgator account.

Even if you have purchased a domain from a source such as ShoutMyDomain, GoDaddy or Name Cheap, all you need to do is change the name server of your domain to point to your Hostgator account, and add your domain as an add-on domain from the cPanel in Hostgator.

How to use Hostgator’s add-on domains feature:

This tutorial is valid for either the Baby or business shared hosting plan. Login to your Hostgator account and click on “Add-on domains” under the domains section. See the screenshot for better understanding:

Hostgator Addon domains

You will be redirected to the Add-on domains screen, where you need to enter a few details which I have explained below.

Adding Addon domain Hostagtor Hosting

In the box to the right of “New Domain Name”, enter the domain name you wish to add to your Hostgator account. You need to create an FTP username and password. You can choose your password yourself or you can generate a complicated password by using the password generator offered under cPanel. The “Document Root” section defines the root of the domain you are adding.  I usually use Public_html/domainname as the Document Root, as it makes it easier for me when I need to give FTP access to developers.

Once done, click on “Add Domain” and you have successfully added an additional (add-on) domain to your Hostgator account!

This feature is also useful when you have purchased other domain extensions (.org, .info, etc.) to preserve your brand name. After adding the additional domains, you can use Hostgator’s redirection feature on the same page, to redirect the add-oon domains to your main domain name.

Hostgator Addon domain redirection

This tutorial will work with any other webhosting company (Ex: Bluehost) which offers standard cPanel.

What to do next after adding a domain:

Again, you can use the redirection feature to redirect any additional domains to your main domain. If you creating a new blog, you can refer to my guide on How to Install WordPress on Hostgator.

Note: If you have several domains under your domain registrar and you are not doing anything with them, I recommend that you install WordPress instead of keeping them idle, and read my guide on SEO for parked domains to make the most of this concept.

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Use the comments section below to let me know if you have ever used the add-on domain feature from within your Hostgator cPanel account.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 7 )

  1. says

    I have been having a serious hard time in add new domain name to my Hostgator account recently, just have to follow this tutorial one after the other and I was able to find my ways around. Kudos pls.

  2. anil says

    Nice Harsh Agrawal.
    I need little help. i Have a custom domain for testing and larning purpose only. I am learning wordpress. So i cant pay that hostgator baby plan price. so can u suggest me a free hosting which have 1 click wordpress installation and have all the features like hostgator have ?
    plz thanks.

  3. david says

    i have added a number of addon domains.

    I do think that is fairly easy to do in Cpanel which is nearly the ubiquitous choice for all hosting companies. (nearly, but not all).

    I have had very good luck with host gator – and I have had about 6 different hosts in the last 10 years.

  4. piyush goyal says

    hi harsh
    just added two domains in my bussiness plan
    but when i added domain then 2 subdomain is automatically created. why?