If you’re only running one website, managing it (or at least the logistics of managing it) is easy. You can look up all the information you need on a single account, and make changes to everything on your website from one place. But what if you have more than one project online at the same time. If you find yourself running multiple websites, the challenge of maintaining each one of them and keeping them running might start to seem a little bit insane. If you’re in that position, you might start wishing there was a way to manage multiple domains from a single account.
As it turns out, there is.
What Is Multiple Domain Hosting?
Multiple domain hosting is exactly what it says on the tin—a way to manage multiple domains from a single account. It allows you to add secondary domains to our primary account, so that when checking statistics or making changes to your website, you only need to go to one place. This makes the work of managing multiple websites easier, and has the potential to increase productivity in the long run.
Reasons to Use It
Besides the fact that multiple domain hosting is just more efficient in the long run, having the ability to manage multiple domains from a single account has a few more advantages. Some companies purchase domain names that are similar to or are common misspellings of their primary domain name. This is so that they can redirect traffic back to their primary domain, reducing the problem of users misspelling the domain name and getting sent to a site that might not exist, or worse, to a site that might contain explicit material. Companies that change their domain name for one reason or another typically retain ownership of the original domain name as well, so that people who only know the site by that name won’t get lost when trying to find their way back to it.
In addition, having multiple domains has been shown to enhance security. Most businesses with email addresses have a domain name that the public sees and can send emails too, but being able to manage multiple domains from a single account means being able to keep your business’s administrative functions on a secondary domain name, one that might be a random string of numbers. This secondary domain name is registered to the person and not made public, allowing business owners to further improve their company security.
How to Start Managing Multiple Domains
It isn’t hard to manage multiple domains from a single account, but how you decide to do it may affect the results you get out of it. The most convenient and easiest way to secure multiple domains is to go through your primary hosting company. This is convenient because it allows your hosting company to do the work for you, however, at the end of the day, your hosting company owns the domains, not you. If you decide to change hosting companies, you may have a difficult time.
The other way is to register the domain names yourself through a domain registration company, so that at the end of the day, you, not your hosting company, has control over the domains. Registering the domain names yourself tends to be cheaper than working through your hosting company, however, it can become complicated when you start trying to bring your hosting company into the equation. Hosting companies need to be notified once a domain name is registered to you or to your company so that the domain is routed properly to your website, and depending on your hosting company, the process can become difficult.
A thing to note is that all web hosting companies allow for multiple domains, but some packages limit the domains that you can register to the account. It’s usually possible to upgrade if you find yourself needing more domains, and hosting companies are usually willing to work with you to make that process easier.
So now you know a little bit about how to manage multiple domains from a single account, and why you might want to do it. Getting multiple domains is not hard, and managing them together is much easier and much more efficient than managing them separately. At the end of the day, you want to make sure you’re making the best use of your time, so finding a way to combine multiple tasks into one while still accomplishing them effectively can greatly increase the productivity of your business.