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    multiple domains/websites with a single hosting plan?

    I'm about to the point where I am ready to host my website. I already have a domain but no hosting plan. In the future I may want to have several different websites each with their own unique domain. I was wondering if I choose a hosting plan for one site, can I use the unused web space for additional domains/websites?

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    If the hosting plan allows multiple domains then you can. If it doesn't then you can't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmehling View Post
    I'm about to the point where I am ready to host my website. I already have a domain but no hosting plan. In the future I may want to have several different websites each with their own unique domain. I was wondering if I choose a hosting plan for one site, can I use the unused web space for additional domains/websites?
    Yes, surely you can use linux hosting packages using which you can host any number of domains. Usually all hosting provider do offer you unlimited domain hosting plans under linux/cpanel hosting plans.

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    can I use the unused web space for additional domains/websites?
    felgall is right. Usually this info is given as the "Domains" in the package features list, as either one, a given number, or unlimited/unmetered. Don't confuse it with subdomains, or parked domains, which are different things.

    Also, if you don't see any info that pertains to this particular ability, it's better to assume that it is not enabled. Ask for confirmation from the host before you sign-up.
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    hosts like IXwebhosting give you the ability to host unlimited domains and have 8-12 with unique IPs. You can start with 1 and use the others when you are ready.

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    Most cheap hosting companies off one plan for unlimited domains / websites, such as dreamhost, hostgator, bluehost and more.

    Also if you can manage a server yourself, a single unmanaged VPS plan should also allow you to serve unlimited websites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yangyang View Post
    Also if you can manage a server yourself, a single unmanaged VPS plan should also allow you to serve unlimited websites.
    Someone who is just looking to get their first hosting account is unlikely to need an entire server. They are better off with a shared server at least for the first while until they figure out what they are doing. To get one that allows for multiple domains just means that you have to read the list of what you get with the hosting and look to see how many add-on domains it allows.
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    If all sites are yours, that would be ok to use one shared account with multiple domains - but if you plan to host customers' sites, then you should get a reseller account (separate control panel for each client, separate group/owners for security reasons etc.).

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    You can indeed host multiple websites on a single shared hosting plan as long the hosting provider supports 'Addon Domains' feature and as long as you have enough free resources available in your account. You will be able to manage all the hosted websites through the main control panel.

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    If you want multiple hosting try 3ix hosting.

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    Yes you can, if your host allows you to use "addon on" feature then definitely you may use it for your additional domain names. Please select your host carefully, and make sure they are offering this feature for your additional domain names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmehling View Post
    I'm about to the point where I am ready to host my website. I already have a domain but no hosting plan. In the future I may want to have several different websites each with their own unique domain. I was wondering if I choose a hosting plan for one site, can I use the unused web space for additional domains/websites?
    That depends on what plan of web hosting you are buying , many web host would not allow addon domains for their basic package .

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    You can use the baby pack of Hostgator.
    I am also using that and currently I have 4 sites on a single host.
    And it works fast

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    Addon domain is the one good choice in this case, you can use the unused space to create folders and then point domains to each folders and thus have multiple domains hosted.
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    You should address the question to hosting companies directly - whether they offer such feature or not.

    01globalnet is correct that you will need separate control panels if the sites will be managed by different customers of yours
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    I assume that reseller account gives you that. But as that was suggested you can have that on the shared web hosting account as well. Look through web hosting service provider's web site if not sure ask the sales rep

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    You can host multiply websites (domains) with hostgator under $10/mo.
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    My package at Hostmonster also allows for hosting multiple domains. I have been very satisfied with the arrangement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumsfo View Post
    I assume that reseller account gives you that. But as that was suggested you can have that on the shared web hosting account as well.
    The difference is that with shared hosting you have one login for the control panel to run all the sites. With reseller hosting you can set up a separate login for each site that is sharing the hosting account.
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    A shared plan that allows add-on domains is probably what you want if all the sites are your own. If the other sites belong to other people who will pay you to host/manage them you need a reseller plan.

    If you go with the add-on domains option be careful when choosing which domain will be your main domain. I bought a separate domain for my main domain and my active sites are all add-ons. I use my main domain for email but nothing else at the moment.

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    A reseller plan would be good for hosting multiple domains if you are not comfortable with the idea of managing multiple domains through a single control panel on a shared hosting account.

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