How to Map Domains in WordPress (Domain Mapping) –

How to Map Domains in WordPress

Are you trying to point multiple domains to a single WordPress installation? Do you want to display unique content for each domain and have it all easily managed in one site?

Domain mapping is the solution!

Many people looking for a solution like this don’t often know what to call it, so here are a few of the most common ways I’ve heard of people referencing domain mapping:

  • Multiple domains in one WordPress site
  • Managing two domains in one WordPress site
  • Pointing multiple domains to a single WordPress site
  • Showing content for a different domain on the same WordPress site

Whatever you decide to call it or how you want to use it, it’s not wrong! Domain mapping can be used in so many unique ways that can achieve all the goals above.

In this article, I’ll share the best ways to map multiple domains in WordPress, and how it can super-power your WordPress site based on your unique needs.

What is Domain Mapping?

Domain mapping is the process of directing traffic for multiple domains within one WordPress installation.

Why would I need multiple domains on my WordPress website?

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to manage multiple domains in a single WordPress website. Here are a few use-cases to give you an idea of why this might be useful. Domain mapping is great for:

  • Building a custom landing page with its own domain to target a specific audience for a product/service.
  • Creating pages on your site with a different domain for each language or country, without using a translation plugin.
  • SaaS or WaaS products that give users the option to bring their own domains or provide vanity URLs.
  • Multisite networks using WordPress multi site capabilities.

This is not a complete list of what you can do with domain mapping, so you may find other creative use-cases and ways to take advantage of it.

How does Domain Mapping Work?

Let’s assume you have two domains. You can point both of those domains to the same WordPress website, and by mapping the domains, you can manage content for each domain from within the WordPress install.

Each domain can be used to show a specific post, page, custom post type, or an entirely different “sub-site” altogether (in the case of multisite networks).

Effectively, this organizes your site into “sections” based on each domain.

This graphic gives a good example of a domain mapping structure with 3 domains pointing to a single WordPress site:

In this case, domain2 and domain3 would be the mapped domains. The WordPress site would display content from the corresponding landing-page and product-page assigned to each domain.

This is a bit different from a multisite network, which is more complex and might be structured like this:

WordPress Multisite Domain Mapping

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This article was written by Kyla and originally published on WPExplorer.

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