Plesk provides user friendly GUI for easy management of your web hosting account.

This tutorial deals with how multiple websites can be hosted with Plesk by adding Addon domain, Subdomains and Parked domains.

Just to brief this up, Addon domains are used to host multiple websites in a same hosting account. Subdomains are usually used to configure sister websites or blogs or forums in a website. Parked domains are used to show the same contents of another website in the hosting account by sharing the data directory.

Create Addon domain

Login to your Plesk with the credentials provided by your web hosting provider.


By default you’ll be taken to the Websites & Domains page. Click on the Add New Domain button.


Specify the name of the Addon domain or the new domain that you want to add in your web hosting account in this page. Just below that you can see DNS settings. There you can select from the options whether you want to use local DNS server or external DNS server for the domain you are creating.

Just below this you can see the options, Hosting Type and Hosting Settings.


You can select the check box for choosing what kind of hosting do you want for the new domain.

Website Hosting – To host the website on this server.

Forwarding – To redirect the HTTP connections to this website to another website.

No Hosting – This is used for Emailing purposes or just to create zone file for DNS management.

If you go back to the Websites & Domains page, you can see the newly created domain there.


Create Subdomain

Click on the Add New Subdomain button in Websites & Domains page.


You just have to enter the name of the subdomain and its Document Root (location where the website data is present). Click Ok button.

Create Parked domain

Click on Add New Domain Alias button in the Websites & Domains page.


As said earlier, parked domains are used to show same content for multiple domain names. So what is done in the background is that an alias is set for an existing domain and both these domains share the same data directory or Document Root.

You just need to specify the domain name alias and the existing domain name for which alias is created.

Now you know how to create an Addon domain, Subdomain and Parked domain.


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