Last Updated on April 12, 2021
Adding a Bluehost addon domain is a quick and easy process. By following our step by step guide, you will learn how to add addon domain in Bluehost by using the Bluehost addon domain feature.
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How To Create Addon Domain in Bluehost
If you signed up with Bluehost and purchased Bluehost’s hosting plus or prime plan you can have an unlimited number of websites. Bluehost’s plans come with one free domain name so any additional sites you want to have you need to purchase an additional domain name from a domain registrar.
One of the most popular domain registrars today is Namecheap. With Namecheap, you can get a domain name for under $10 bucks. Plus, you’ll get free domain privacy for life.
You can, of course, purchase an additional domain name with Bluehost it will just cost you a little more. Between $10 to $12 bucks plus if you want domain privacy you’ll have to purchase domain privacy from them which is another $10 to $15 bucks.
What Is An Addon Domain In Bluehost?
An addon domain in Bluehost is a fully working domain that you can create right from your Bluehost control panel. When you create and add a new addon domain in Bluehost, it will be a new and unique site that is hosted in a new folder in your Bluehost account.
This allows you to be able to host several to unlimited sites right from your Bluehost control panel. You can give an addon domain the same things as a primary domain. For example, email addresses, forwarders, and much more.
Now let’s get started with our guide on how to add addon domain in Bluehost.
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How To Add Addon Domain In Bluehost
You want to make sure you point your domain name server to the Bluehost nameserver. Whether your domain name is purchased via Bluehost or with another domain register, like Godaddy or Namecheap, the steps are the same.
You need to login to the domain registrar where you bought your domain name from and go to the nameservers section and input Bluehost’s name servers that I provided below.
If you need help in pointing your domain name server from an outside domain registrant like Godaddy, click here to learn how. If you purchased your domain name with Namecheap, click here to learn how.
How To Add Addon Domain Using Bluehost Addon Domain Feature
Once you get your nameservers pointed to Bluehost, you can add addon domain using Bluehost addon domain feature.
To start you want to go to Bluehost.com and login to your Bluehost hosting account. Once you login you want to find and hover over the Domains tab in the top menu. You will see assign in the submenu pop up. Click on assign.
Step 1: Enter Your Domain
If you purchased your domain name through Bluehost, you want to select the top option and pick the domain name that is associated with your account. If your domain name was purchased through another domain registrar, you want to select the bottom option and enter your domain URL.
Step 2: Verify Domain Ownership
Once you select the top option or type in your domain URL Bluehost will automatically verify the ownership of your domain by checking the name server of your domain name. Bluehost will give you a few different ways you can verify ownership of your domain URL if needed.
One example is Bluehost will have you upload a sample file. This can be useful and save you downtime if or when you plan to migrate to an existing site on Bluehost.
Step 3: Addon Domain or Parked Domain
Next, you want to add your domain as an addon domain or parked domain. The difference between a Bluehost addon domain and a Bluehost parked domain is a Bluehost parked domain allows your main site to be reached via multiple domain names.
An addon domain is if you want to use the domain name as a separate site on its own. For example, if you’re going to have a new WordPress blog or website then you want to add your domain as an addon domain.
Step 4: Choose Addon Directory And Sub-Domain
Bluehost domain manager is going to automatically use your domain to give a directory to your domain name. Your domain directory structure is going to look like public_html/newdomain.
An easier explanation of this is the files related to your primary domain is found under the public_html of your Bluehost account. When a new domain name is added a new directory is added under Public_html with the new domain name.
This makes it easy for individuals or webmasters to manage different file domains. For example, public_html/newdomainsite.
You want to select create a new directory and then click assign this domain.
That’s all there is to it! That is how to add Bluehost addon domain using the Bluehost addon domain feature.
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