Are you planning to own more than one website? Here’s a cost efficient way to host multiple website: host multiple domains in one single hosting account.
Think the advice sounds too simple? Now I won’t be too sure for that! It’s true that most hosting companies nowadays enable webmasters to host multiple domain on one single hosting account; but still there’re quite some web hosts that don’t offer the same. Gate.com, for example, allows only one single domain in their standard hosting package.
Which web host offer good multiple domain hosting services?
Take Bluehost for example, Bluehost users get to host unlimited addon domain in one single hosting account. The first registered domain with Bluehost is known as the main domain; and the following will be added as addon domain.
One thing to be clear is that an ‘addon domain’ is different from a ‘subdomain’. An ‘addon domain’ is a new domain that’s added on top of your main domain; on the other hand, a subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain. “mail.example.com” and “calendar.example.com”, for example, are subdomains of the “example.com”.
So how do you add an addon domain at Bluehost?
First, make sure your domain DNS is setup properly (example: NS1.BLUEHOST.COM; NS2.BLUEHOST.com). Then, login to Bluehost account control panel, go ‘Domain’ > ‘Addon Domains’ > ‘Domain Manager’.
Key in your domain name along with the desired root folder location. Note that you are given a choice of ‘Parked Domain’ and ‘Addon Domains’ in the setup page. A ‘Parked Domain’ simply means a redirect domain for another – users who visit a parked domain will be transferred to other (intended) domain; in our case, select the option ‘Addon Domains’.
Simply click ‘Add Domain’ once you are ready and you are now done. Pretty simple.