Last updated on March 7th, 2021
You may be heard about the Hostgator addon domain features. You might need the Hostgator addon features when you wish to add a new or more Domain to Hostgator.
Adding a new domain to Hostgator via the addon domain features is a fast and easy process. If you’re new to the Hostgator hosting cPanel account, don’t worry, I got cover you.
However, if you are ready to learn how to add an addon domain in Hostgator, this tutorial for you? In this tutorial, you will learn exactly how to add an addon domain to Hostgator hosting? Let’s jump in the following step-by-step guide.
What is an Addon Domain HostGator
What is an Addon domain anyway? An addon domain is a fully functional domain name that can be attached or created within your hosting control panel.
The functionality of an addon domain allows you to create new websites within the same control panel as same your primary domain.
This means you can create multiple websites, email addresses, and email forwarders under a single control panel. With the Addon domain, you don’t need to pay additional monthly fees for web hosting except on a separate domain name.
So, What Is A Hostgator Addon Domain? Hostgator addon domain is the process of adding a new domain within Hostgator cPanel. And the Hostgator addon domain allows you to create a new website without paying an additional cost for hosting.
How Do Hostgator Addon Domain Works
We have already mentioned that the addon domain is a fully functional domain within your cPanel. So, This addon domain is completely new, and your new website hosted in a new folder on your hosting account. There are 3 things that happen once you create an addon domain.
- A folder is created in the ‘public_html’ directory
- A subdomain is created for the primary domain
- The new domain name is associated with the subdomain
Have a look at an example, if the Major domain is ‘passiveblogger.com’ and you assign the Addon Domain ‘fdshakil.com’ to the folder ‘Fdshakil’, the following routes (URLs) would be true:
- fdshakil. passiveblogger.com
However, All three of these paths would access the same directory and show the same website. For example, if your visitors going to fdshakil.com, there is no evidence that they are being routed through fdshakil.passiveblogger.com
How to Add Additional Domain to Hostgator
In this tutorial, I will show you how you can add an existing domain or a new domain to your Hostgator hosting. However, The process will be the same for almost all other cPanel hosting like Bluehost, iPage, InMotion, and Namecheap.
To add a new Addon domain to HostGator, follow these two steps.
- Point Your Domain to Hostgator
- Create Add Domain in Hostgator cPanel
Note: Hostgator offers various hosting plans like Hatchling, Baby, and Business. The most popular is the Baby hosting plan among others. The baby plan offers unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage, and unlimited domains. This means with the Baby plan, you can install unlimited WordPress websites and also cost-effective!
#1. Point Your Domain to Hostgator
Now, All you need to do is update your Nameserver to point to the Hostgator hosting. To do that you will need to log in to your Namecheap dashboard. “Click Manage” the domain you want to connect with Hostgator nameservers. Select custom DNS and point your Hostgator Nameservers.
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Once you point your domain to HostGator then login to the Hostgator cPanel.
#2. Create Add Domain in Hostgator cPanel
In order to add a new Addon Domain, log in to your Hostgator cPanel. Next is click on the “addon domain” under the domains sections.
Now, “Create an Addon Domain” Enter the new domain name you want to add to your Hostgator account. Also, add the document Root properly. Basically, the“Document Root” field defines the root of the domain you are adding.
Note: Make sure to add “Public_html/domainName” as the Document Root.
If you direct Root it will easier for you to find the data when you need to give FTP access to developers or others.
If you want to create an FTP account associated with this Addon Domain then select the option “Create an FTP account”. To associate with this Addon Domain, You need to create an FTP username and password.
Once you have done, “click Add Domain”. Congratulation! you have successfully created an Addon domain with Hostgator Hosting.
NOTE: This tutorial is valid for the “Baby or Business” shared hosting plan Because the Hatchling plan allows only one website to Host. For a better understand, you may see above the screenshot.
Why Use An Addon Domain?
Basically, website owners can use the addon domain for various reasons. But I use the addon domain normally for creating a new website.
However, the creation of multiple websites, without having to sign up for more than one web hosting account can be the reason to use Addon Domain. While we start a blog, we always prefer to host multiple sites under one hosting because it is more cost-effective.
Note: This is only useful while you plan on creating, more than 1 website. Make sure it has minimal traffic that may not need an entire hosting service to itself.
What If Hostgator Addon Domain Not Working
Unlike primary domain names, the addon domain nameservers must actually point to the HostGator servers. Once you point it correctly, don’t panic, it takes some time to connect with your hosting.
Note: New addon domain it could take up to 24 to 48 hours for the domain to fully propagate.
If you still face any issues then clear your cache in your browser. If still not working then contact via Live Chat.
I hope you enjoyed this article on how to add a new addon Domain to Hostgator. The process was very simple and easy, still, if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment below. Once you add a new domain the next step is:
- How to install WordPress to Hostgator
- How to start a blog from scratch
- How to start a travel blog from scratch
- Top 10 best-shared hosting for beginner
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