The Top 5 Multi Domain Hosting Options
2019 January 14th at 3:49
One hosting account doesn't mean you can only have one domain on it.
If you have multiple domains and wish to have websites on them - there are hosts which allow you to do this using only need one hosting account!
And on this blog, we've tested loads of hosts that support multi domain hosting, and know just the best ones.
These right here are the best options to have multiple domains on one host:
- Hostinger (High performance and brilliant value)
- Bluehost (Simple, reliable SSD hosting option)
- SiteGround (Good customer support and easy domain management)
- InMotion (Long money-back guarantee and high uptime)
- HostGator (Unlimited domains and automated backups)
Price: $2.95/month for unlimited domains
Recommended for: Those looking for cheap reliable hosting with easy separate domain management.
And while its base plan doesn't support multiple website hosting, the still-very-reasonably-priced premium plan lets you host as many websites as you like.
The premium plan costs just $2.95/month plan and will also give you unlimited storage and bandwidth.
You might assume such low pricing would mean a reduction in hosting quality but that's not the case!
Hostinger guarantees an uptime rate of 99.9%, which we've verified ourselves - at the time of writing the last downtime was for 1 minute, 4 months ago! This high of uptime for so cheap is really remarkable.
Hostinger only seems to save costs is by skimping on a phone support line. Though that's not really a problem as technical issues are often better tackled over text, and I found Hostinger's live-chat staff to be friendly and knowledgeable.
Hostinger's infrastructure also handles multiple domains better than any other service I trialed.
You can add a domain from the control page in a couple of clicks and the new site then receives its own control panel. So, if you prefer to manage your domains separately, you have the freedom to do that too.
- Super cheap
- Weekly backups
- Easy management of separate domains
- 24/7 live chat support
- Unlimited bandwidth and storage
- No phone support
- SSL not included
Price: $2.95/month for 5 domains
Recommended for: Users looking for flexible ways to use their domains.
The basic $2.95/month plan (for the first month, then $7.99) can be used to host up to 5 domains. However, I recommend the more expensive Plus shared hosting plan which comes in at $5.45/month ($14.99 after the first month).
The Plus plan lets you add an unlimited number of domains to your account and gives you unlimited bandwidth. That makes it particularly suitable if you want to use multiple domains to up those all important page view numbers!
Also, Bluehost storage is entirely SSD based, so response times will stay low even if you are hosting dozens of domains and sites at once.
Setting up new domains is easy
Adding extra domains to your Bluehost plan couldn't be simpler. Once you sign up to a plan, you'll receive a free domain for the first year.
Then you can then just head over to the control panel and verify your ownership of a second (or fifth!) domain to add it to your account.
Bluehost lets you choose between adding new domains as a parked domain or as a fully active addon domain.
That means you have the freedom to use different domains to redirect to the same site or to use them to host totally separate sites.
- Unlimited domains with midrange plan
- 1 free domain included
- Free SSL certificate
- 24/7 phone and live-chat support
- Price jumps after the first month
Price: $5.95/month for unlimited domains
Recommended for: Users who want unlimited websites with amazing support.
But what stands out about SiteGround's GrowBig and GoGeek plans is that they are specifically designed to host multiple websites - you can host an unlimited number of websites with either!
Although it doesn't give numbers, SiteGround says the GrowBig ($6.45/month) plan will provide enough resources to host multiple sites of average size, and that the GoGeek ($11.95/month) plan will be suitable for several high-traffic sites.
But don't worry about that vagueness! The GoGeek plan is easily capable of handling over 100 thousand monthly users, and connect at least a couple dozen different domains. All of that, without losing its speed. Here's what the SiteGround response times look like:
Free daily backups are also included, which is super important if you have a technical hiccup and need to restore functionality on multiple sites. Also, if you need assistance from a real human, there's a 24/7 support phone line which is always overstaffed so you are never put on hold!
- Plans designed to handle multiple sites
- Free daily backups
- Free SSL certificate
- High-quality 24/7 phone and live-chat support
- No free domain
Price: $2.95/month for 2 active and 6 parked domains
Recommended for: Those seeking multi domain hosting with stable performance
InMotion is my choice if you want staggeringly quick response times when hosting multiple domains on one host. All InMotion's shared business plans support multiple domains, allowing you to pick one suitable for the number you need.
The $3.99/month (discounted from $7.99) Launch plan supports 2 active domains and 6 parked (inactive) domains. That's quite limiting so I recommend the Power plan (available for $5.99/month, discounted from $9.99) which can support 6 active and 26 parked domains.
And if that's not enough, you can upgrade to the Pro plan which can handle an unlimited number of active domains!
Whichever plan you choose, you'll benefit from a 90-day guarantee and a free SSL certificate.
Of course, the real reason InMotion deserves a place on this list is the overall reliable and stable performance. Thanks to unlimited SSD storage and the ability to choose a data center near to most of your audience, you'll benefit from very low latency across all your sites.
Tests of my multi domain sites hosted through InMotion returned a stellar average speed of 170ms!
- Average uptime of 99.95%
- Lengthy 90-day money-back guarantee
- Free SSL certificate
- 24/7 Support
- No monthly payment option
Price: $3.95/month for unlimited domains
Recommended for: Users who are looking for a secure and private multi domain hosting
Numerous security features like SiteLock, which scans your sites daily for malicious activity, can be added to all HostGator plans.
A 'domain privacy' option is also available - great for multi domain hosting if you don't want your domain ownership to be public knowledge.
It's also super simple to add new domains to your HostGator package - it's done in just a couple of clicks from the cPanel control page.
And every shared hosting plan (other than the base, Hatchling plan) supports an unlimited number of domains. Personally, I recommend the $3.95/month (discounted for the first term) Baby plan with its unmetered storage and weekly offsite backups.
HostGator also offers a massive range of software that can help you manage your domains, including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and phpBB hosting.
- Unlimited addon domains
- State-of-the-art security
- Loads of CMS software
- 24/7 Skype, phone and live chat support
- Free SSL certificate
- Price hike after the first term
Which Multi Domain Hosting Option is Best For Me?
When deciding which host suits you best, consider your needs - are you just after hosting for domains that redirect to the same site, or is the power to handle multiple high-traffic sites a necessity?
- Hostinger lets you manage multiple sites easily and cheaply;
- Bluehost makes it easy to add new domains and use them differently;
- SiteGround offers top-notch support for unlimited sites;
- InMotion is a multiple domain host that offers crazy-fast load times;
- Hostgator helps you keep your domains secure;
But overall, all of the options on this list are great. And a lot depends on your personal needs. The options on this list, however, all make it easy to manage your domains, and don't restrict your activity even when the domains receive a large number of visitors at the same time.
However, if you think I’ve missed a great option for multi domain web hosting, let me know!