Adding more domains is a breeze with Siteground. That’s one of the reasons I recommend them in the first place. You need the GrowBig or better plan if you want to have multiple domains hosted with them.
What I mean by adding a domain is that when you first start a web hosting account as recommended in the How To Start a Blog Tutorial, you will most likely go with the cheapest account. Unless you knew you need more than one website right away.
But if you want to add a second blog or another website for you or a friend or even a client, you need to upgrade to the level of account that lets you have multiple websites.
Well, when you upgrade (like I just did). Next time you login to your control panel, you’ll see a wizard to walk you through the whole thing.
And even as you follow my tutorial guide, if you want to use the wizard provided by Siteground then go for it, you can’t go wrong with it.
But if you want to follow my tutorial, then use the “Thanks, but I don’t need help” option
If you started with the lowest account with Siteground, you’ll need to get the next one up. You need at least the Growbig level of account with siteground to have more than 1 website hosted with them.
But this tutorial is about adding a new domain. Or that second domain if you knew all along that you were going to have more than one website hosted there.
Preparing to Add Your Second Domain
If you end up registering your domain somewhere else, you’ll need access to that account to make this whole thing work with a live website.
Please note: If you don’t register your new or second domain with Siteground, then you’ll need to go into the DNS management section of the place where you registered the domain and change the DNS servers to point to Siteground.
First step is to login to your cPanel.
That part is easy covered in this – What is cPanel?
Once in cPanel, look for the Addon Domains icon as indicated in the screenshot below and follow that wizard!
Enter the domain details
From there, you can fill in the details about the new domain. I would like to point out a couple of things in this form.
First you enter the New Domain Name, like example.com It just so happens that this screenshot shows when I added howtoblogtutorials.com to my Siteground account.
Then after that you’ll notice that a username is created automatically for you. I like to modify it a bit, this makes it a little more difficult for script bots to guess your usernames and passwords.
The next thing I like to change is the Document Root. I prefer to have the domain be in its own top level directory. This makes it easy to move or manage your first website by hand if you ever need to.
So if your domain was example.com, the form will automatically fill in this section as:
But I rather have the folder for the second website and any additional ones be on its own that’s why in my screenshot you’ll see the “public_html” part has been removed, I suggest you do the same. See how it looks in the screenshot below, there is no “public_html” folder.
You can use something like Lastpass to generate a strong password or use the built-in generator in the form. Just make sure you have saved the password somewhere safely before you submit this form.
This is what mine looked like just before I submit it.
You’re now ready to install your second website on the new domain.
Technically that concludes the tutorial, but this tutorial is not an end goal tutorial. It’s not “finished” if you only add a new domain. You must do something with it.
You don’t have to do anything with it, in fact, but I think that if you want to get this done, you want to do something more with the domain.
Your domain has been added, but it doesn’t mean it is ready to work. Remember if you didn’t get the domain from Siteground, you’ll need to make modifications to the Name Server settings.
Login or contact the account where the domain is registered and change the Name Servers to your Siteground account name servers. This can be tricky but if you follow along it should be easy to do.
How Do I Find my Name Servers in Siteground?
From your cPanel dashboard, you can find your name servers on the left hand side. It will be the topmost information on the cPanel left hand side under Account Information.
They will resemble something like:
See this screenshot to find out more:
You then use those two servers to update the information wherever you registered your domain. Remember this only applies if you registered your 2nd domain somewhere else besides Siteground.
If you are going to install WordPress, then go back to the main screen in the cPanel and use the one click install to get WordPress installed, or follow my original tutorial, just pick this new domain instead of the original domain.
Now you need to do something with the domain.
You can also install other applications, or create email addresses with your new domain. As soon as you finish adding the second domain then you’ll need to do something with it, here are some options:
- Install WordPress or another app
- Setup an email address with your new domain
- Setup a new blog
Follow my tutorial on how to setup a blog or contact support at Siteground for some assistance.