How To Host Multiple Websites On iPage & Fatcow? & are both excellent budget web hosts (owned by the same parent company so their controlpanels are identical). Both are super cheap and can be the perfect choice for hosting your small website or blog.

Most web hosting companies offer unlimited addon domains/websites. Including &, however finding out how to host multiple websites on these two aren’t that straightforward, so here I tell you how to do it, step-by-step.

Change name servers

Edit the nameservers on the domain name (or names) you want to host on iPage or Fat Cow. Nameservers (or DNS) can be changed in the control panel where you registered the domain name e.g. (video tutorial here) or (video tutorial here)

Ipage nameservers are:

FatCow nameservers are:

Login to your iPage or FatCow controlpanel

Once you are logged in you want to head to the DomainCentral. (1) Check the “Add Existing” tab.

host website on fatcow or ipage

(2) Type in the domain name and (3) hit “Add”. If you haven’t done it already, you should update the nameservers (see first step).

Refresh the page (or click on DomainCentral again) to reflect the added domain name. Now the added domain name should appear in your domain central, as per the below:

ipage and fatcow addon domain

Next you want to click on the “more info” link. This will open up a tab with a few options

ipage and fatcow multiple website hosting

(1) Click the “Pointers” link. In the dropdown menu you want to (2) select the “Subdirectory” option. (3) Give the subdirectory a name, something descriptive that you will help remember (remember to keep the / trailing slash at the beginning).

Hint: use the domain as the name. (4) Finally, hit the “save” button.

Access your Controlpanel

Now head over to the “file manager” and the folder you set up in the previous step should be there.

add multiple websites on ipage and fatcow

That is it, you are done! Now you have added an extra additional website on iPage or FatCow. You can even install a blog using their 1-click WordPress installation from Mojo to the addon domain you just created.


Matt is the founder of Hosting Kingdom
with 30 comments 2 23412

30 comments on “How To Host Multiple Websites On iPage & Fatcow?”

  1. Ana

    Thanks for this tips. I got lost little bit with ipage but found your info.

    Can you please recomend if I shuld let my 1st domain to root / and second on sub directory or I should do both on sub-directories?


    • Matt @ HostingKingdom

      Hi Ana, I usually have the 1st/primary domain on root and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc addon domains on a sub directory. Hope this helps

      • Armaan

        Hi I really appreciate that . I was looking for this information from long time almost 2-3 months and ipage don’t provide this info how to add-on additional domain database . it just show to put name on domain central but how to host exactly I was not able to find out until I read your post .
        Thanks it boom for newbies who are not technical expert.

  2. Marilyn

    This helped me out when I changing hosting companies. Great Post!

  3. Stefanie

    I have been playing with this on instructions from a couple different blogs, yours being the most updated. But I continue to get the 403 Forbidden error. Any idea what might be going wrong?

  4. Christine McCluskey

    THANK YOU! (so much!) – I was nearly tearing my hair out trying to find this info on iPage – I’ve been there a few hours going round and round on their help pages; I even emailed support but, as it’s the weekend, I think they may be a while getting back to me.
    In desperation I Googled the problem and your nice, clear, concise info came up – now why can’t iPage just have something similar in their FAQ????

    Anyhoo – cheers once again 🙂

  5. Mike Strip

    Seriously! Matt great work. Even when calling iPage they don’t know what I’m talking about! I switched from another service and most companies have separate root folders and FTP’s “per domain.” Thank you for clearing up the problem!

  6. Roger

    I added the second domain on iPage. But no clue on that site as to how to load things onto the new “site”. I searched “how to setup multiple domains on ipage server” and your site was #1 olr #2. Your explanation was right on. Having received a couple minutes of instruction after searching around for an hour on ipage, things are working very well. Thank you. I left a note for ipage to reference your site.

    Roger – New Mexico USA

  7. Oakkar Kyaw

    Hi, Matt,
    Thanks, for your share.
    I’d like to know one thing. As we do like you say, the second domain and others appears like that – ‘’ . But I want it to be appear like that – ‘’. How can I do it in wordpress? Please help me!

  8. Maria Gracia

    Hi Matt,
    I have the same question as Oakkar, how do I have my website running as and not as
    Thanks for your help.

  9. Natalye

    I have tried to install wordpress in my second domain but keep coming with 403 error. Could you help me?

  10. Deamon

    Hi Matt,
    I have tried to access to my second site from my browser, and i get the erreur:
    You don’t have permission to access / on this server
    Could you help me?

    • Matt

      Hi Deamon, on your second site/domain, did you point the nameservers to ipage/fatcow (whichever one you’re using)? I would also recommend you reach out the their support team and see what they have to say. Thanks Matt

    • Tony

      Hi Daemon and anyone in the future who has this problem, when you create a subdirectory, you need to modify your index.php file in root. For example, if i create a subdirectory called “Blog”, i would need to go to index.php file and open it in text editor, and change the line from “require( dirname( __FILE__ ) . ‘/wp-blog-header.php’ );” to “require( dirname( __FILE__ ) . ‘/Blog/wp-blog-header.php’ );”.

  11. Tony

    Thank you for this. I was actually trying to figure out how to make a subdirectory in root for my second website.

  12. Jennifer Jones

    I notice that people have had a problem with this. On step 3 you need to put a forward slash (/) at the end of the name of the directory. Example / and place your index.html file for your new website in that folder. I hope this helps.

  13. Oreime

    Thanks so much for this tip, so helpful.

  14. Trevor Chapman

    Thank you so much for this, was tearing my hair out trying to figure this out.

  15. Kelly

    Thanks for the guide, it was incredibly helpful! 🙂

  16. ismail

    it is very helpful. Thank you very much 🙂

  17. LiveMNC

    Thanks a lot, This is most helpful for us –

  18. Arpit kumar

    Hi Matt , i have configured my second domain in the sub-directory as per your screenshot but the problem is now when i am hitting/accessing first domain (which is in root folder), is hitting my second domain. Don’t know how?
    when i am accessing wp-admin of 1st domain, it’s taking me to wp-admin of second domain.
    COuld ypu please help me?

  19. rezaqqi

    dude you are my angel, you helped my website problems in second. Thank you so much this tutorial is the only one that can help any ipage or fatcow hosting member. I’m so happy 😀

  20. Prabhat

    Thanks a lot Matt for this article. I wasn’t able to figure how to have multiple websites in iPage until I found your article.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *