If you are using a multi domain web hosting then this post is definitely for you. Sometimes people used to have multi-domain web hosting account but they don’t know how to connect their new domain name with it.
cPanel has made it easier to manage your multiple domains at a single place. In this post we will cover the topic on, how to add another domain to your existing cPanel account. This tutorial will require that you have a hosting account and must have access to your cPanel to add the domain.
But, when we talk about multi-domain web hosting, people have no idea what it is all about. Well as the name suggest multi-domain web hosting means you can connect multiple domain name with the single web hosting account. In that way you don’t have to purchase web hosting separately for every websites that you are going to own in the future. Along with some advantages there are some disadvantages for that as well. We will discuss the Do’s and Don’ts of multi-domain web hosting in the next post.
Here are the steps on managing your domain name with multi domain web hosting :
For this tutorial, I am taking the reference of Bluehost.in. The steps are almost same, regardless of which domain service provider you are using.
Before we start this tutorial, you have to make sure that you must have domain name registered already. If you haven’t registered a domain name then this domain name registration quick guide will help you out in finding your perfect and ideal domain name.
Step 1 : Access your domain name
Login into your domain registration account. And go to “List and search order”. It might be hidden under the drop-down menu.
Find your domain name which you want to add point to your web hosting account, so that I can set up CMS (Content Management System) like : wordpress, joomla, etc for my website or blog.
Remember that in multi-domain web hosting account, you can have multiple websites or blogs (without any additional fees), so once you get good at using WordPress, you can experiment a bit with new sites or blogs with only the additional cost of a domain name.
Step 2 : Change Domain Name Server
Now that, you selected the Domain name, You need to change the name servers of that particular Domain name. Under “Domain Registration” section you will find the option as “Name server”
Click on “Name Server”. The name server right now will be default pointing towards the domain registrar company from where you purchased the domain name. You have to change the name server to point it towards the Bluehost.in
The default might be something like this.
Simply change the name server with :
Nameserver 1: NS1.BLUEHOST.COM
Nameserver 2: NS2.BLUEHOST.COM
Changing the name server will take around 8 hours maximum, but it will be done in about 1-2 hours. If you are still having problem in finding the name servers for your domain name, then you can contact your web hosting and domain name service provider, they will definitely help you out in resolving the issue.
Step 3 : Addon Domain
After changing the name servers, you have to login into your cPanel account. And then search for the option that says “Addon Domain“. After finding, click on it.
As we step forwards, you must be having few question in mind about Addon Domain. Here are Few questions and answer which will clear your doubt about Addon Domain.
Question 1 : What is an addon domain?
Answer : The cPanel “Addon Domains” feature allows you to manage multiple domains from a single web hosting account. Unlike with Parked domains, Addon domains are expected to be completely different websites all hosted with the same cPanel account. You can also create additional sub-accounts (for example, email addresses) for your addon domains.
Question 2 : Why addon domains?
Answer : You can use them to save money. With addon domains, you don’t have to purchase an additional web hosting account for each domain you purchase. You can simply create addon domains and split your existing account’s resources.
Question 3 : Addon domains. How do they work?
Answer : Like sub-domains, addon domains are stored in a subd-irectory in your home directory. Essentially, online visitors to your addon domain are routed to this directory. As shown below, you may specify the name and precise location of this directory while creating the addon domain. Most commonly, the document root for any addon domain will be in /home/$user/$addon-domain/. In our example, the addon domain’s public_html sub-directory can be /home/$user/cpdocs.com/.
Question 4 : What do I need to do before creating the addon domain?
Answer : While not required, it’s a good idea to update the DNS (Domain Name Servers) of your domain to resolve to the server where ever it is hosted. We recommend contacting your web host for the proper name servers and IP address for your server. Then, take this information to your domain’s registrar (or your hosting provider if they are the domain registrar) and update the domain’s DNS settings. If you’re not sure who your domain’s registrar is, you can always search for your domain on WHOis.com. This action will perform a lookup and display which company was responsible for registering your domain.
Step 4 : Domain Name Information
Then after it will take you to enter details about your domain name. Fill the details like “New Domain Name“, and if you want to register any sub-domain then type it else leave it blank. If you want the domain name to be at different ‘Document Root‘ directory then type the path else leave it blank. When you leave the Document Root blank it will take the path by default.
This is it! Congratulations! You are all set with the new domain name in your multi domain web hosting account.
If you are still having problem in connecting your domain name to muti-domain webhosting account then contact us though our contact form.