Multiple WP sites and domains on one hosting plan?

by zendot
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Hello,

I have a shared hosting account with HostGator. I wonder if I can have multiple WP sites there, something like this:

FTP: www/mysite1 (WP folder); URL: www.mysite1.com
FTP: www/mysite2 (WP folder); URL: www.mysite2.com

I'd like to buy the domains from NameCheap as they have it much cheaper than HostGator. Would that work?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author wpdeveloper88
    To host multiple websites on your hosting account you must:

    1.Add the domain name to your hosting account and select a folder for its website.
    2. Upload the domain name's website's files into the folder you select.
    3.Point the domain name's DNS to your hosting account.
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    • Profile picture of the author zendot
      Originally Posted by wpdeveloper88 View Post

      To host multiple websites on your hosting account you must:

      1.Add the domain name to your hosting account and select a folder for its website.
      2. Upload the domain name's website's files into the folder you select.
      3.Point the domain name's DNS to your hosting account.
      Great thanks for the info, much appreciated!
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    • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
      I prefer name.com to namecheap, they are about the same price, although the private registration is free even on renewal at name.com.

      Just buy your domain, (never buy a domain from your hosting company), and set your nameservers to the ones listed on your hostgator cPanel.

      You don't need to select a folder, just go to the cPanel addon domains and add your new domain. The cPanel will suggest a folder and accept the suggestion. Don't upload any files to that folder, let the QuickInstall installer take care of everything.

      Next go to the QuickInstall selection of cPanel and install WordPress.
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      • Profile picture of the author ScrooG
        Originally Posted by RobinInTexas View Post

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        Just buy your domain, (never buy a domain from your hosting company), and set your nameservers to the ones listed on your hostgator cPanel.
        Why never buy a domain from your hosting company?
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        • Profile picture of the author zendot
          Originally Posted by ScrooG View Post

          Why never buy a domain from your hosting company?
          I guess because they tend to be much more expensive than "discount" domain services.
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        • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
          Originally Posted by ScrooG View Post

          Why never buy a domain from your hosting company?
          If your hosting company is a huge behemoth it might be a pain to get the domain released from their grip. If they're a small player, they can go under and take your domain with them. It's much easier to deal with a company that specializes in domains.
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        • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
          Originally Posted by ScrooG View Post

          Why never buy a domain from your hosting company?
          Are you familiar with the saying "don't put all your eggs in one basket"?
          That's the main reason!

          You don't want one single company to have all your assets.

          Buy domain from a domain registrar... and you can host your sites (on those domains) at any hosting company; and you can move easily if they provide bad service.

          And, similarly, you buy hosting from hosting company and you can move your online assets at any moment - they cannot keep you 'hostage' by keeping your domain (since they were registered elsewhere).
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  • Profile picture of the author zendot
    Name.com seems great, I haven't heard of them before. It's bookmarked now.

    How should I go about this - can I first install WP and they buy the domain, or it must be the other way around (get the domain first and then install the WP)?

    I want to play around first and then buy the domains.

    Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marketer Matt
      As long as you have the Baby Plan with HostGator, you should be able to have unlimited domains. You'll want to follow these steps:
      1. Login to cPanel and click Addon Domains
      2. Fill out the form with your new domain information, password, etc.
      3. Go back to the main menu and click MySQL Databases and set up another database and username. Then connect the name to the database.
      4. Upload WP to the newly created directory and go to the domain name (assuming you've pointed it to your HostGator nameservers already). Run the WP install and there you go!

      Pretty simple to do.
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      • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
        Buy the domain first. And set your nameservers as I suggested earlier. Go to retailmenot and get a discount code before you buy the domain. If you want the privacy option, you need to buy the domain and then add the privacy, as you cannot apply both discount codes in one transaction.

        Don't waste time creating a database or uploading WordPress, just use QuickInstall.

        If you buy the domain at name.com and then do the QuickInstall the WordPress should work right away.
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  • Profile picture of the author zendot
    Thanks guys, I'll buy the domain first, and then do rest with Addon Domains and QuickInstall. You've been really helpful.
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    • Profile picture of the author micksss
      Originally Posted by zendot View Post

      Thanks guys, I'll buy the domain first, and then do rest with Addon Domains and QuickInstall. You've been really helpful.
      A guide to setting up an add-on domain with HostGator: http://ewebhosting.biz/add-on-domain.html
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      • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
        Do be aware that all of those websites need to be your websites and not your clients websites.

        When I was starting out, I didn't want a person that I hired to have access to all of my websites (as they will have with your idea.) I upgraded to a Reseller account which provides each website with it's own cPanel, IP address and so on.

        I don't know if this applies to you but there you go.

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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    If the sites are related... you can just install WP once and activate the MultiSite feature. Just saying
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    • Profile picture of the author zendot
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      If the sites are related... you can just install WP once and activate the MultiSite feature. Just saying
      I once heard about this option but totally forgot about. I'll have a look at it to see if it suits my purpose.

      Originally Posted by TriggerIM View Post

      Quick tip since the others seemed to have answered you - keep in mind that websites on the same hosting plan will have the same IP address, so if you interlink them a bunch, you WILL be leaving a footprint. Good luck!
      No "blackhat" stuff going on, but thanks for the reminder. I just need small sites for 3 separate brands of mine about mobile apps.
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      • Profile picture of the author wpdeveloper88
        Basiclly he looking for Each site with Each FTP account ..

        WP Network is not the correct option for that .
        Originally Posted by zendot View Post

        I once heard about this option but totally forgot about. I'll have a look at it to see if it suits my purpose.
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  • Profile picture of the author TriggerIM
    Quick tip since the others seemed to have answered you - keep in mind that websites on the same hosting plan will have the same IP address, so if you interlink them a bunch, you WILL be leaving a footprint. Good luck!
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