Hosting Multiple Websites in cPanel: A Step-by-Step Guide

 Thursday, January 4, 2024

If you're using cPanel to manage your web hosting, you'll find it convenient to host multiple websites under a single account. This process involves adding addon domains, configuring DNS settings, and uploading website files. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you set up multiple websites in cPanel


1. Login to cPanel

   Start by logging into your cPanel account using your credentials. This is usually done through your hosting provider's website.


2. Add Addon Domain

  •    Navigate to the "Addon Domains" or "Domains" section within cPanel.
  •    Enter the new domain name, subdomain, and the document root (the directory where your new website's files will be stored).
  •    Click on the "Add Domain" or a similar button to confirm.


3. Upload Website Files

   Use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or cPanel's File Manager to upload your website files to the specified document root.


4. Configure DNS

   Update the DNS settings for your domain. This typically involves setting the nameservers to those provided by your hosting provider. This information is crucial for directing traffic to the correct server.


5. Repeat for Additional Websites

   If you have more websites to add, repeat the process by adding addon domains. Each website should have a unique domain, subdomain, and document root.


6. Configure Email (Optional)

   If you want email accounts associated with each domain, navigate to the "Email" section in cPanel to set up email addresses for each domain.


7. Update Domain Registrar Settings

   If your domain is registered with a different provider, log in to your domain registrar's website and update the nameservers to point to your hosting provider's nameservers. This step ensures that the domain resolves to the correct server.


 8. SSL Certificate (Optional)

   If you want to secure connections to your websites, consider installing SSL certificates for each domain. This is particularly important if you're handling sensitive information on your websites.



   By following these steps, you can efficiently manage multiple websites within a single cPanel account. Always refer to cPanel's documentation or contact your hosting provider for any platform-specific details, as interfaces may vary. Hosting multiple websites on cPanel provides a streamlined way to manage and organize your online presence.