Add a website to Windows Server 2016 using host headers

Learn how to configure a host header in order to add additional websites to a server with Windows Server 2016. This process allows you to host multiple websites with unique domain names on the same server and IP address.


  • A Cloud Server with Windows Server 2016.
  • A registered domain name which is pointing to the server's IP address.

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Configure a host header

Use Remote Desktop to connect to the server. On the Server Manager Dashboard, click Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

In the Connections pane, click to expand the server entry, then right-click Sites.

Click Add Website...

Fill out the following information:

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  • Site name: A title for the site (like Example Site)
  • Physical Path: Click ... and choose the directory where the site's files will be stored.
  • IP Address: Click the drop-down menu and select the server's IP address.
  • Host name: Enter the domain name for the site (like

Click OK to add the site.

The website will be added, and you will be able to view the website's files in a browser.

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