Bluehost is an unlimited webhosting company, and when I say unlimited, it means you can install multiple website on your Bluehost account. Though, when you buy a bluehost account, you get one free domain, and to install more website, you need to buy domain directly from Bluehost, or simply buy domain from alternative domain registrar like Godaddy, and point the name server to Bluehost. In this guide, I will be sharing how you can utilize bluehost addon domain feature.
How to use Bluehost Addon domain feature:
In my scenario, I have a domain which is purchased from Godaddy, and I will be adding it as an addon domain to Bluehost. Once I’m done adding this new domain to Bluehost, I can easily install WordPress or any other platform using Bluehost using Mojo Marketplace, which is earlier known as Simple scripts.
On your earlier domain registrar:
The very first thing which you need to do is, point out your domain Name server to Bluehost name server. The process will be same for any domain registrar. If you have purchased domain from Namecheap, Godaddy or any domain registrar, simply login to your domain control panel, and look out for Name server field.
If you are not so technical, you can ask your domain support team to change your name servers to Bluehost Name server. Here are Name servers for Bluehost:
Once you have changed your domain name server to point to Bluehost, all you need to do is add your domain as an addon domain to Bluehost, which I will explain below.
- Login to your Bluehost account
- Click on Domains at the top, and click on assign.
After this process is easy, and I will explain few important things below.
Simply type the domain name which you are planning to add as an addon domain to your Bluehost account.
As soon as you finish typing your domain name, Bluehost will automatically verify the ownership of your domain name, by checking Name server of the domain name. If your domain name is still not pointing to Bluehost Name Server, you will be given alternate ways to verify your domain ownership (Ex: Upload a sample file). This is useful, when you are planning to migrate an existing Website to Bluehost, as this will minimize the downtime.
Addon Domain or Parked domain:
In step 3, you will be adding your domain as addon domain or parked domain. Addon domain is suggested when you are planning to start a new Website on your new domain. If you want your new domain to point to primary website of your Bluehost account, you will be using parked domain feature. Since our requirement is to host multiple website, we will be using addon domain feature.
In step 4, Bluehost domain manager will automatically use your domain name to give a directory to the domain name. A typical structure is public_html/newdomain. To simplify your understanding:
- Files related to your primary domain is directly under the public_html folder of your Bluehost account. (You can check this using cPanel file manager, or any 3rd party FTP Tool)
- When you add a new domain, a new directory is added under Public_html with the new domain name. This makes it easier for webmasters to manage your different domain files.
That’s it. Now you have successfully added a new domain to your Bluehost account. This way you can add unlimited domains, and host multiple websites on your hosting account. Here is a video tutorial which will explain the entire process of adding another domain to your Bluehost account:
I hope this guide helped you to understand important information related to Bluehost addon domain feature. If you still have any question, feel free to ask me via comment.
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