This post will explain How to setup multiple websites under Hostgator hosting account using cPanel.
I suppose you have your primary website running on Hostgator and now you want to open another great forum, e-shop, blog, etc.
Let’s start by buying a new domain name. I personally use Namecheap.com for my domain purchases and will use it as an example in this post. Go to www.namecheap.com and search for your website name if it’s available:
I won’t explain buying steps much because it is standard routine buying online. Just be sure to use a coupon code at the checkout stage and save some money. Retailmenot always keeps updating latest coupon codes for namecheap.com
So you paid by Paypal or Credit card and now have fresh domain name ready to be launched. Go to namecheap dashboard Manage Domains section and click on your new domain.
A menu list should appear on your left with an option called: Transfer DNS to Webhost
A page ENTER YOUR CUSTOM DOMAIN NAME SERVER INFORMATION appears. It is now VERY important to enter exactly the same DNS names as it is on your primary hostgator domain. If you forgot or don’t know your primary domain nameservers it’s better to use Hostgator support and ask them. You could also search for these nameservers on your welcome email to Hostgator.
Ok, you know your nameservers now. Paste them in the first 2 lines and click Save Changes.
You are done with Namecheap.com for now. Let’s switch back to Hostgator.
- Login to your cPanel and click Addon Domains
- Fill in the form with your domain name (write only domain name without www). “Username/directory…” field is a folder name where you will store your new website files. It is automatically assigned using your domain name but you can change it if you like. Enter your password and click Add Domain! button.
Your new domain should be working now. Well at least some time is needed for nameservers to propagate around the world but you could start upload your files immediately.
Where to upload files for my new website?
You should log on to your FTP and search for new folder which appeared in the public_html directory. It is named like in the field explained above.
Use Hostgators’ File Manager to get to your new websites’ folder.
To test if your new domain is working, create simple index.html file and uplaod it in that folder. Load your new website, should be working.
Starting with baby package you can have unlimited domains under 1 account at Hostgator.
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