HostGator Add Domain

As the title of this article suggest, I am going to show you how to add a new domain to your HostGator account. You can easily add a new domain by following few simple steps but before you do so you need to understand the basics of why you need to add the domain.

New Account Setup

When you first sign up for an HostGator hosting account, you need to register a domain name or use an already registered domain name which you own. You cannot signup with HostGator without providing the domain information.

If you registered a new domain at the time of signup, the domain is automatically added to your HostGator account. The same way, if you already had an registered domain name and you provided the same domain name at the time of signup then that domain is also added to HostGator account. You don't need to do any setup. The first domain which you gave at the time of signup is called a default domain.

You need to add a domain name if and only if you registered a new domain either through HostGator or through any other domain name registrar and want to host the new domain at HostGator.

What Does It Mean To Add Domain?

Whenever you host a domain with any hosting provider, the provider company needs to set up the web server for your domain. When the web server is set for your domain then only you can see your web files. Add domain means your hosting company will setup a web server for your domain.

Register a Domain Name

Before you add a domain name, you need to register a domain. You can register a domain either through HostGator or any other domain name registrar.

I use for registering my domain names. If you register a domain through any other domain registrar than HostGator, you need to change name servers. You can read on this web site regarding how to find name servers. If you registered a domain through HostGator then you don't need to worry about setting name servers. HostGator automatically does that.

HostGator Add Domain Video

If you want to see how to add a domain name to your HostGator account then watch the following video.

Full Procedure of Adding Domain

If you want to add a new domain to your HostGator account then follow these steps.

1) First login to cPanel using your login ID and password.

2) Then under the Domains section, you will find Addon Domains button.  Click on the Addon Domains button.

HostGator Add Domain

3) Next you need to enter the domain name, FTP username for the domain, document root and password. You can use any FTP username. Just make sure there is no FTP user with the same name already exists. If the FTP username is already linked with some other domain then you will see the error message. I prefer to use domain name as root directory and place it under the home directory.

Add Domain

You can enter the password or you have an option to generate the password.

4) When everything is entered correctly, click on the Add Domain button. You will see the success message of adding domain like following.

Success Message

If there is any error then the error reason is also shown. Fix the error and try again.

Now you know how to add a new domain to your HostGator account. Go to browser and make sure that your new domain is working properly.

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