Why More Than One Blog?
Suppose you are in an MLM that produces nutrition related products. You’ll probably want to market the business opportunity and the health benefits with separate blogs. Otherwise, your marketing message will be confusing. Here’s how to set up your HostGator account for multiple blogs or multiple websites.
If you are following Steve Anderson’s WordPress training videos on Renegade Professional, you’ll want to perform the steps we outline below before you install WordPress. His training videos are excellent, but to keep things simple he doesn’t talk about multiple blogs.
Adding a Domain on HostGator
What we’re going to cover is how to set up separate subdirectories for each additional blog or website you’d like to have. We’ll also associate the domain names with the subdirerctories. You can set up your subdirectories in this way before pointing your new domain names at your HostGator name servers. We’ll show you how to do both of these steps here.
Assuming you’ve already purchased an account from HostGator, you will have received a confirming email that tells you how to log in to CPANEL. CPANEL is HostGator’s account management software. Log in to CPANEL according to their instructions. Then scroll down to the section that says “Domains.”
Click on the “Add Domains” command. This is for adding new domains. You can’t use this dialog for the domain name you used to open your HostGator account. You can use this for any other domain names. You should now see the following dialog.
In the upper box, type in your domain name. Say your new domain is www.whatever.com, then you type in whatever.com as your ‘New Domain Name’ in the box. If you just click in the “Ftp Username” box it should fill in an ftp name for you. In this example it should just be whatever, leaving off the .com. It should also fill in the domain root for you. In this case, the domain root should be /public_html/whatever.com .
You need to set a password, which is how you will access the site. You can make all your HostGator passwords the same, so there’s less to remember.
Clicking on “Add Domain” will create the subdirectory and also set up the automatic mechanisms that are needed to make everything work. The wonderful thing about HostGator is that you can add as many of these domains as you like for the same monthly rate.
Connecting Your Domain Name to HostGator
Now you can go to GoDaddy (or whoever you bought your domain name from) and tell your domain name(s) where the HostGator nameservers are. To do this, log in to your (GoDaddy) account and click on the domain name you’d like to associate with your new HostGator blog. This will open a dialog that looks something like this (in GoDaddy).
Under “Nameservers” click the “Manage” button. This will give you something like this.
Your email from HostGator will tell you which nameservers will contain your account. For me, these were NS1833.HOSTGATOR.COM and NS1834.HOSTGATOR.COM. Yours should be similar. Don’t use domain forwarding, assuming that your new domain name matches what you fed “Add Domains”. Just click on the boxes and type in the two addresses for the nameservers.
Installing WordPress on Your New Domain
That’s it. You can now install WordPress in the whatever.com subdirectory and your domain name will point to it properly. To install WordPress on HostGator, run the Fantastico installer and select “WordPress” from the opening menu. The Fantastico installer can be found in CPANEL under “Software/Services.” During WordPress installation, you’ll be asked for the name of your domain. In our example, this would be whatever.com. Leave the “Install in directory” box blank, since the directory already exists and is known by the system. That’s it. The rest is quick and easy.