How to Add a Domain to Your 1&1 Account

How to Add a Domain to Your 1&1 Account

Many hosting companies offer their own in-house domain registration services, but some people choose to use separate domain registrars for a variety of reasons. In my case, I register my domains with BigRock because they include privacy protection for free. Whatever your reason, if your hosting company and domain registrar are separate companies, you’ll have a little work to do when you need to add a new domain to your hosting account. In this article, I’ll explain the process of adding a new domain to your 1&1 account.

  1. Click the link in the welcome email sent by 1&1 when you first activated your account. Enter your customer number and password to log in to the 1&1 Control Panel.
  2. Click the Domains link under the Domains & Web Space heading in the upper-left corner of the menu. This screen shows all of the domains currently attached to your 1&1 account.
  3. Click the New button above the domain list.
  4. Click Add Domain on the drop-down menu.
  5. Type the desired domain name and click the Check Domain button. The 1&1 interface checks to confirm that the domain is available, and finds that it is already registered.
  6. Click the Point DNS to 1&1 name servers and keep your current registrar radio button.
  7. Click Next. The next screen displays a message notifying you that the 1&1 mail servers will be used for your domain. Assuming you aren’t already using the domain, this isn’t a problem. However, if you are already receiving mail on the domain, it is important to note that when you change the DNS information for the domain, some mail may be lost for the next couple of days while the domain propagates.
  8. Click Next. The next screen displays the server addresses to which you need to point your domain name on your registrar’s website.
  9. Click Order.

Remember that you must change the DNS settings at your domain registrar’s website before you will be able to access it on your 1&1 account. Sometimes, DNS changes propagate almost instantly. Other times, it may take as long as three days.



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