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